It was the Presidents of the United States of America band who sang “Millions of Peaches, Peaches for Me; Millions of Peaches, Peaches for free!” Well, they were almost free, and while they “come from a can” contradictory to the lyrics these peaches weren’t “put there by a man, in a factory downtown!” I’ve just processed 12 litres of peaches, right here in the burbs!
Peaches are my fruit of choice for this coming Valentine’s day! Yup, you heard right: it’s early August and not only do I have my Christmas presents taken care of, but Valentine treats for my growing number of staff for this coming year are also done!!!
I love to give away sweet fruity stuff at Valentine’s Day… you know in the season of whiteness and such cold that fruit seems like a novelty! Well, this year, it’ll be warming Peach Rum Syrup for everyone.
- 6 cups blanched, peeled and pitted peaches
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 cups white sugar
- 3/4 cups rum
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
In my world peeling blanched peaches is too messy, so I opt for the food mill. I boil them until soft and then process in food mill until the flesh is separated from the skin. The actual instructions continue as follows:
Ladle sauce into jars leaving 1/4″ head space. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue and cover with hot seal disk and canning ring to fingertip tight. Place filled jar in canner rack and repeat until hot water bath canner is filled with jars. Submerge to at least 1″ of water covers jar lids and increase temperature to rolling boil. Processing time only starts once boil is achieved. Process for 10 minutes with the canner lid on. Then remove lid for a further 5 minutes and remove jars onto a rack or kitchen towel for cooling. Do not shake or rotate jars. They should remain upright throughout cooling stage.
I was able to make 8-250ml and 2-125ml jars out of the ingredients. They are happily collecting dust in my basement pantry until it’s time to pull them out and gift them away.
The small bit of leftovers and scrapings from the pot were not picturesque enough to photograph, but were delectable enough to enjoy over vanilla ice cream. The sample will keep me looking forward to sharing and tasting more of this when winter gift giving season comes!
If you have an abundance of peaches, this recipe is for you. Enjoy!