you need to do is roam the Farmer’s Markets to know the peaches are
coming ripe. For those in Southern Oregon, Peach Palooza at Medford’s
Harry & David is always the way to go when you’re planning on
stocking the pantry with preserves. You can usually get really good
peaches for under $0.40 a lb. Sometimes, even as low as $0.10 a lb.
Now, that’s all well and good, but it won’t do you much good if you can’t put all those peaches up somehow.
Enter Ball Canning. Ball is wonderful for the canning world through
various products and recipes. I have a good stock of their Low/No sugar
pectin in my pantry for times like these when I have a great crop.
I still have a good 10 Lbs of peaches in my freezer that need to be
canned in one way or another, and I have found a truly Tremendous
addition to the peaches this year.
Last year I
did some Peach Butter, using the recipe below, with 2 differences. I
added about 1 Tsp Sweet Breakfast, and I put the mixture through a
blender before heating.
This did well, but not quite as well as I
was hoping. I never use a lot of sugar (1 Tbsp per 2 c fruit), because I
want to taste the fruit, but the Sweet Breakfast overpowered some of
the peach notes. I wasn’t too happy about that. I had thought that
because Sweet Breakfast has no cloves, there would be no problem, but it
needs to be added to a stronger, more sweetly flavored fruit like
apples, raisins, or pumpkin to pull of it’s masterful art of flavor
Fast forward to a peach pie I recently made with Chai
Spice. Chai Spice, rather than overpowering, wrapped itself around the
flavor of the peaches and said, “Here, let me give you a boost”. I was
in heaven. The Cardamom in the Chai accentuated the natural tang, while
the other sweet spices just kind of gave a mellow sweetness that sang
the praises of a ripe, sweetly tart, juicy peach that is so often missed
in pies and preserves.
Stay tuned, I’ll give you more accurate spice measurements as I get into my canning season.
This recipe is for their Auto Canner, and you will find the regular
canning recipe in the package for the Ball® RealFruit™ Low or No-Sugar