It's peach season here in Ontario. The peaches are bountiful, juicy and abundant in our local grocery store.
While I don't grow my own peaches, I do try to support and buy any and all Ontario grown produce, and preserve and eat it in season! Here's a fantastic way to preserve the freshness of these wonderful fruits...
Spicy Spreadable Peaches
5 cups pitted, peeled diced peaches
4 tart apples, think granny smith
1 can undiluted, frozen apple juice concentrate (thawed)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
5 250ml mason jars or 10 125ml sized mason jars.
I LOVE seeing the colours and fruit sitting altogether at the beginning of the process!
Place all ingredients in a large, stainless steel pot and bring to a boil. Boil gently for 30 minutes, stirring occassionally or until spread reaches desired thickness. Pour into your prepared, steralized mason jars within 1/4 inch of rim. Wipe your rims clean and put on the lids. Place in a water bath canner for 10 min.
Put on a counter and leave them alone for 24 hours before moving them!
Yum!!! A couple hours of canning and now we have a pantry full of peaches!!!
*this recipe comes from the Bernardin Home Preserving book...it is well worth the $$ to buy this book for yourself...it is like my bible come harvest time!
You could also make these in the smaller mason jars...the 125 ml size. I find that those size are perfect for putting into a Christmas basket. I make several different jams and spreads in the 125ml size, and pair it with a loaf of fresh baked bread. What a delightful gift to receive on a cold winters night!
And, just to make your spreadable peaches a little sweeter...here are some awesome free printable lables from How About Orange that I recently came across. I think they're awesome and would just make your preserves look even more amazing!
I'd love to know what you're putting away in other parts of the world!