Peach Butter

So, before my kids went back to school, I tried making this for the first time:

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A yummy batch of peach butter.

I was a little hesitant to try it, but we got a box of peaches that were seconds and really needed to be used up. Since I had enough canned peach halves from last year, I decided to give this a go.

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I’m glad I did, because it turned out good. Like just spooning-it-out-of the-jar good. Oh yeah, I had some on toast this morning, and it did not disappoint one bit!

Also, as a bonus, your house will smell heavenly when making this.

I researched some different peach butter recipes and ended up doing a little combination of 2 that I found.

If you’ve never made peach butter before either, don’t be intimidated. Yes, it took a little time, but was definitely not hard to do.

Here’s the basic recipe I followed (amounts are approximate):

18 medium-sized peaches

1/4 cup water

1 C honey

2 C sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Scald peaches and peel the skin off. Then halve them, pull out the pit, and slice up into a large pot. When all peaches are prepared, add 1/4 C water and simmer until they are very soft. Allow to cool a little while, then add batches to a blender and puree just until they are smooth (try not to puree for too long). Put your peach puree into a pot and add the spices and sweeteners and simmer, stirring pretty frequently. Cook down until it is thick enough to round up on a spoon. Ladle into hot, sterilized jelly jars or pint jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace. Place two-piece caps on and process for 10 minutes in a boiling water canner.

For me this recipe made 9 jelly jars.

The beauty of this is that you can modify some of the amounts to your liking. For example, you really wouldn’t have to use as much sweeteners as I did (or you can add more). To be honest with you, I started out just using honey, and then decided I wanted it more sweet than it was, hence the sugar. Same goes for the spices. Hey, whatever floats your boat!  One of the recipes I saw used honey, sugar, and vanilla scraped out of a vanilla bean. I thought that sounded awesome, but did not have a vanilla bean just lying around, so went with the cinnamon and such instead.

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Peach Butter–definitely on my to-make list for next summer!

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