Tuesday, September 14, 2010

RECIPE: Peach Butter

I've told y'all before about how well my cousin Brenda preserves things.  She even preserves beans!  I don't have a pressure canner, so that's a little out of my league.  However, I can easily do preserves, jellies and butters.  On her urging I purchased the Ball Blue Book so I wouldn't poison anyone, and I have to tell you this book has been so helpful.  

Brenda said Peach Butter is really easy to make and since I had a few peaches from last week's $.58/lb sale at Food Depot, I decided to try my hand at it today.  Brenda said she adds cinnamon and so that's what I did.  I also added a small dash of nutmeg, just because...The original recipe calls for 4 to 4-1/2 pounds of peaches.  I only had one pound of peaches, approximately 6 peaches.  I blanched them in boiling water and then dunked them into an ice bath to remove the skins.  Then cut them into quarters to remove the pit and popped them into the pan.  This small amount made two half pint jars.  I didn't put these into a water bath since it was just this small amount.  I placed them into the fridge.  We already finished off one of the jars and it's only been one day!  It's pretty tasty!
Peach Butter (adapted from Ball Blue Book)
1 pound peaches, peeled, pitted, fibrous centers removed and sliced
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash of nutmeg

Place the peaches into a pot with 1/4 cup water, bring to a boil and then lower to simmer until the peaches are very soft.  Place them into the food processor and puree.  

Place the puree back into the pot and add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Bring to a boil and then lower to simmer, stirring frequently to avoid sticking.  Cook mixture until thick enough to round up on a spoon.  Ladle into clean jars, top with lids and rings and store in the fridge.  

If you are preparing more peaches and want to preserve them for shelf stability.  Make sure you have sterilized, hot jars to ladle the peach butter into.  Leave 1/4" head space.  Remove the air bubbles.  Add the lids and rings.  Then you're ready to process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. 

That's it!  Super easy and Brenda was totally right!  It is so GOOD!


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cheryl@SCRAPaddict4sure said...

Interesting I never heard of peach butter but I love peaches

Queen of the House said...

This looks really good!!! Do you think you could just freeze it instead for later use?

Charlene said...

Looks good and sounds so easy! I made freezer blackberry jam the last years, this looks like another good one to try!

Anonymous said...

I can tons of peaches every year but have never heard of peach butter. It sure looked yummy! What would you use it on?

giz said...

I also did peach butter and was amazed at the yield for just a few peaches. Good job.

Ott, A. said...

I love making and eating applebutter (the house always smells amazing when I do) but I haven't tried Peach butter. I want to though after seeing yours, now I just need to find some peaches.

Unknown said...

Peach butter sounds special. As a fan of peaches, I know I would love it.

Thanks for linking it to My Meatless Mondays.

Christy said...

Oh that looks heavenly!! I like that you only made a small amount - makes it more do able for us canning newbies!! thanks for linking to the hearth'nsoul blog hop!

a moderate life said...

Hi Candi! So glad you could join us on the hearth and soul hop! I love seeing new faces on the hop because I get to follow new blogs and discover your wonderful recipes! This peach butter is exactly what I am looking for because I ADORE peaches and have a ton, but am sad to see the season end, so making some peach butter would probably help me in the dead of winter when I need that sweet summer taste! I am now following your blog and thanks for linking to the hearth and soul hop! :) Alex@amoderatelife

Hunger and Thirst said...

Thanks for linking up with the Hearth and Soul blog hop. How cute that your cousin would advise you to buy the book to keep you from poisoning anyone! I wish I had had some guidance when I was learning to can! Fruit butters are one of my favorite, and I think I'm one of the last people in the US to have peaches ripen (not YET), so I could still make this recipe.

Heather S-G said...

OH my gawsh...it looks so delicious. I just want to reach in and grab that spoon. And lick it!! I definitely need to try making some peach butter next year. Thanks so much for sharing this w/ the hearth'nsoul hop this week =)


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