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One of my favorites from when I was a kid! Yummmm. These are cooked and then let stand for 12 to 18 hours and then canned.
- Combine sugar and vinegar in a 6 to 8 quart saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
- Boil for 5 minutes.
- Tie spices in spice bag or cheesecloth.
- Add spice bag and peaches to syrup.
- Simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes or until peaches are cooked but not too soft, stirring peaches gently to cook all sides.
- Cover and let stand in a cool place for 12 to 18 hours, stirring peaches 2 or 3 times.
- Bring peaches to a boil.
- Remove them from heat and remove spices.
- Skim off foam, if necessary.
- Immediately fill hot pint or quart jars with mixture, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
- Carefully run a nonmetalic utensil down inside of jars to remove trapped air bubbles.
- Wipe jar tops and threads clean.
- Place hot lids on jars and screw bands on firmly.
- Process in boiling Water Canner for 25 minutes for quarts or 20 minutes for pints.
- Yield: appproximately 2 quarts or 4 to 5 pints.
I had some reservations about trying this recipe; after all, "pickled peaches" does not sound all that tasty, but since it had 5 stars, I thought I would give it a shot. They were so delicious that my neighbor and I ate most of them before I had a chance to can them. Only ended up with one pint after we wiped out most of them. We ate them with a grilled steak, and it was a superb side dish for steak, however, I think it would be even better with sausage or pork.
Next year, I plan to make LOTS of these!
I added 1/2 t ground allspice. (The "Ball Blue Book" for canning calls for 1T of whole allspice).
Made these yesterday and the one piece I tasted was great. The instructions were clear and easy to follow... I used pint jars instead of quart jars and got 4 pints and one half-pint. I will be making these again. Thanks for sharing the recipe.