Home Canned Spiced Peaches (My Grandma's Recipe)
Spiced peaches are a wonderful alternative to regular canned peaches. The addition of whole spices creates a savory treat everybody will love all winter. Make some extra jars to give as gifts - everybody will love this unique Southern treat! (This recipe makes 7 quarts which is the perfect amount for one batch in a water bath canner.)
For the Spiced Peaches
- 10 lbs peaches about 15 large
- 14 cinnamon sticks
- 3 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
- 3 1/2 teaspoons whole allspice
To Make The Syrup ( I use heavy but you can use medium or lite, see the notes below)
- 12 cups granulated sugar I suggest heavy syrup for this
- 12 cups water
Prepare your water bath canner and clean jars. Start the canner coming to a boil. If it is ready before the fruit you can turn it off. It will come back to a boil very quickly when you are ready.
Put spices into the jars. 1/2 teaspoon of whole allspice, 1/2 teaspoon of cloves, 2 whole cinnamon sticks per jar.
Prepare desired sugar syrup by heating water and sugar in a sauce pan until sugar is dissolved. Set it aside. (See notes at bottom of post for different types of syrups.)
Blanch peaches by dipping in boiling water for 30-60 seconds. Use a large slotted spoon and do 5 peaches at a time. Immediately remove peaches to a sink or bowl with ice water to stop the cooking.
Slice each peach in half along the natural line of the peach. The skin will slip off easily after it is cut. Remove skin, pit, and any little fragments of pit left in the peach.
Fill one jar at a time. Each peach half is supposed to be packed pit side down. As you fill a jar, cover the peaches with hot syrup leaving 1/2" head space.
Load 7 quarts into a boiling water bath canner. Make sure the jars are covered by at least 2" of water.
Bring the water back to a boil. Process for 30 minutes. If you live above 1,000 feet you need to add more time to adjust for altitude. At 1,001 - 3,000 feet add 5 minutes. At 3,001 - 6,000 feet add 10 minutes. At 6,001 - 8,000 feet add 15 minutes. At 8,001 - 10,000 feet add 20 minutes
Remove jars of peaches and place on a towel to cool. Allow them to come to room temperature. The lids will seal at this time. Any lids that do not seal need to be processed again or refrigerated and eaten within a week. Sealed jars can be labeled and stored on a shelf out of direct light for up to two years.
If heavy syrup is too sweet for your taste try making a light or medium syrup instead.
Light Syrup: 6 cups sugar to 12 cups water
Medium Syrup: 9 cups sugar to 12 cups of water
Remember to SAVE the syrup after you eat the peaches! It is wonderful drizzled over cakes, or made into drinks and cocktails!
Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 99g | Vitamin A: 537IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg