Both of these recipes will make a product that’s sweeter than fresh fruit-but that makes them awesome for snacking and desserts. I have to have 10 servings of produce a day on the eating plan I’m on, and these recipes help to cut the deprivation feeling of not eating junk food.
The peaches are awesome to make if it’s just too hot to can when fresh peaches are on. Prep out your peaches and make them on cool days or in the fall.
Add a shot or two of vodka to your berries once you open them for a spiked treat.
Both recipes are easily modified to scale, which is why I have no set amounts listed.
Vanilla Spiced Peaches
Frozen sliced peaches (either from the store or fresh peaches peeled and sliced)
Cinnamon-I used 1 tablespoon to a batch of 1 quarter
Real (not imitation) vanilla extract-2-3 tablespoons for a quart
Light to medium weight simple syrup
Take your peaches out of the freezer at least 1 hour before canning. They don’t have to be fully defrosted, but they shouldn’t be frozen solid either.
Bring your simple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla to a boil. Let boil at least 5 minutes, then add your peaches (all of them). Bring back to a boil and boil at least five minutes.
Hot pack into prepped jars and process in a water bath for 20 minutes for pints and half pints.
Quartered Strawberries with Raw Sugar
Fresh whole strawberries
Wash, core, and quarter your berries.
In a large bowl, add enough raw sugar to cover the bottom of the bowl. It doesn’t need to be heaping, just covered. Add your berries, then sprinkle with more raw sugar. Let macerate in the fridge overnight.
The next morning, drain the berries over a bowl or measuring cup, collecting the syrup.
Add the syrup to a pot with a couple of cups of water. Bring to a boil, boil at least five minutes.
Raw pack the macerated berries into hot, prepped jars. Process for 10 minutes water bath for pints and half pints.
Note: raw packed berries will shrink in processing. They will float and leave space in the bottom of the jar. Pack firmly but not tightly.
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