Homemade Peach Butter
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Homemade Peach Butter- Summer in a jar.
But first, I am excited to share with you a bit of my life and what I have grown to love.
No, I’m not a farmer girl naturally, nor do we have a huge farm nor do I only eat food from our garden. I have grown (get it? Grown? Sorry, my coffee is kicking in) to love this art of homesteading for several reasons.
- It brings me closer to God. Being outside in God’s creation, it’s really my happy place. When I can in the warmer months I always try and do my devotionals outside amidst God’s creation. Being outside, it’s amazing to me to see God’s handiwork. Gardening is good for the soul; It’s therapeutic. Really, I recently was reading a book where gardening is used for therapy. I can see why.
- I have fond memories of it, at least the benefits of it. My grandmother and great grandmother always had the best strawberry jam and the best vegetable soup. Every Saturday we would go out to my grandmother’s house in the morning and stay til after lunch. She would always have food (we are in the South, it’s just how we are). I still remember the smell of the soup on the stove as we would walk in. My mouth is watering now. She canned that soup mixture so she had it year round.
My mother-in-law grew up on a large farm and they still do lots of homesteading. She is like my mentor in this area. It’s her thing. We all have different “things”, this is one of hers. I’m not a pro yet, but I have learned some tricks of the trade and how to do a lot of it.
I’m exciting about sharing this part of my life with you. It’s something I have learned and I’m happy to share it.
Today I want to share with you my Homemade Peach Butter. It’s similar to apple butter (yummy). Plus it is just like having fresh peaches year round. The hubs and I planted a couple peach trees 3 years ago and they have been bearing well. They aren’t huge trees, but there are lots of peaches. I love hearing my kids say: Mom, I want a snack. I’m going to run to the peach tree.
It’s pretty cool.
This is one of the most basic recipes that you can do, so if you are starting out wanting to try something homemade, this would be it!!
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What you need:
2.5 gallon of peaches or 4 quarts sliced peaches
3 cups of sugar
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
That’s it. Seriously. Isn’t that crazy?
I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to get all those peaches peeled and sliced: boil them for a minute or two then put in ice water. They are super easy to peel apart then. I used a knife because my peaches were pretty faulty (aka, had some bad spots). That didn’t matter one bit though. Cut right around them and voila.
I used my food processor and pureed them to a pulp. It took my food processor two batches for it all.
In a large pan, I combined the peaches, sugar, and lemon juice. Then I boiled it. Stirring constantly. Well, ideally I would have stirred constantly. But, running a business out of your home and having children, who really gets to stand still and stir anything?
Bring your mixture down to a simmer until it is syrupy. Depending on the juiciness of your peaches, the time will vary. This batch I did here was super juicy so I had to cook it for almost an hour.
While that is on the stove, heat your jars and lids in boiling water. Make sure the jars are upside down to sterilize the inside.
When the mixture is thick enough to your satisfaction (at least 20-30 minutes at the minimum) it is time to can them.
Using my jar lifter, I lifted all the jars out then put my funnel on top of each jar. I then filled each jar to the near top with about an inch of head space left.
I wiped the rim off with a wet paper towel so nothing would obstruct the sealing process.
Using my lid lifter, I lifted the lid out of the boiling water and placed on the hot, filled jar.
Then, screwed ring on top tightly.
Next step: water bath. Place the jars back in boiling water for a nice water bath. I did it for 10 minutes.
Last but not least, I got them out of the bath and placed them on a towel where they were touching each other. Then, I covered with it with cheesecloth.
I then heard my favorite sound: Sound of popping. It could take up to 24 hours, but mine took less than 1 hour. It makes you so happy to hear that sound, like a job well done. My recipe made 3 pints and 4 half pints. I plan on giving these to teachers for Christmas this year. Nothing like a homemade gift and the taste of summer peaches at Christmas.
There you have it. Super simple. Super easy. You can get this done in a morning. I did. Then, the taste testing begins. And I have to say, my dad had some Saturday night… it passed the test.
- 2½ gallons of peaches or 4 quarts of peach slices
- 3 cups of sugar
- ¼ cup of lemon juice
- Peel and slice peaches.
- Puree in a food process or blender.
- Add peaches, sugar, and lemon juice to a pan.
- Bring to a boil then simmer for 20-30 minutes stirring constantly.
- While boiling peach mixture, place jars and lids in a pan of boiling water to sterilize.
- Remove from boiling water and fill jars using a funnel with the peach mixture.
- Wipe rims with a wet paper towel.
- Using a magnetic lifter, remove the lids from the boiling water and place on jars.
- Screw on rings.
- Place jars in boiling water and leave for 10 minutes.
- Remove from water bath and place on a towel.
- Cover with cheesecloth of tea towel until sealed.
What do you do if you don’t have peaches? That’s simple: FARMER’S MARKET. Hit up your local farmer’s market’s people. You will love it. That’s how I started, just hitting up some local farmers for their fresh grown produce.
Alright, so this is the kick off to my Homesteading. I don’t know a better way to start it off than with the recipe. Enjoy!
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.