Canning is therapudic. Turn on the music, get a few extra hands of good friends in the kitchen, and get ready to spend a few hours putting away the best flavors of the season, saving them for another day. This year I’ve completed one canning project- Canned Peaches. But these aren’t just any canned peaches these are perfectly ripe, in-season, peaches, with a light raw honey simple syrup poured over them, and a splash of bourbon just for an extra kick. I’m calling them Sunshine in a Jar.
I’m imagining popping the lid off one of these bright yellow jars mid-winter, on a gloomy day, when I’m dreaming of warmer weather and the best flavors of summer. I’ll top a slice of cake with them, chop them up over warm oats in the morning, or just eat them right out of the jar, and instantly happiness will ensue.
These peaches won’t just have been therapeutic to me, I’ll share the happiness around, so my friends can also open a jar of sunshine mid winter. Bright yellow peaches and honey on a cold winter day, doesn’t that sound dreamy?!
Canned Peaches with Honey Simple Syrup and Bourbon
- 8-12 lbs peaches
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup honey
- 6 cups water
- 12 tablespoons of bourbon (optional)
- Bring the sugar, honey and water to a boil then simmer until the sugar and honey is dissolved. Keep warm until ready to pour over the peaches.
- Prepare canner, jars, and lids.
- To peel the peaches, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Score (barely slice in an x) the bottom of each peach. Place peaches in boiling water and remove once the skin from the x starts to peel back (about 1 minutes or less).
- Place hot peaches in a couple large bowls of ice water to stop them from cooking. Once cool, peel the skin off the peaches.
- Slice peaches in half then place, cavity side down and overlapping layers, in sterilized hot jars (leaving a half inch of room at the top of each jar).
- Pour hot honey simple syrup over the peaches then top each jar with 1 tablespoon of bourbon.
- Wipe rim of jars then place sterilized jar lids on top of each jar and process according to your jar manufacturer's instructions. Pint jars should be processed for 25 minutes and quart jars for 30 minutes.
- Enjoy on a cold winter day!
Bourbon is optional and you may use all honey instead of sugar.
If you’re looking for some other canning and food-storing projects, here are a few others I’ve done over the years:
for a step by step canned peaches tutorial visit Completely Delicious.