Canned Peaches Recipe with Honey • #canning

Canned Peaches with Honey Simple Syrup

Written by Becky

This recipe is one I’ll be making every year.  Until living in Utah, I really had no idea how good peach season really is.  And although fresh is best, pulling out one of these jars of sunshine mid winter sure does give a little joy.

Canned Peaches Recipe with Honey •

Canning Recipe Tip #2

Canning and Preserving comes with it’s own vintage lingo like ‘headspace.’  Headspace is the space above the food in a jar and below its lid. Directions for canning typically specify leaving 1/4-inch for jams and jellies and ½-inch for fruits and tomatoes to be processed in boiling water. This space is needed for expansion of food as jars are processed, and for forming vacuums in cooled jars. Also, after you divide the food into the jars, leaving some headspace, make sure and wipe the top of the jars, making sure no food or sticky syrups are around the rim of the jars.


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Canned Peaches Recipe with Honey • #canning

Canned Peaches Recipe with Honey • #canning

Canned Peaches with Honey Simple Syrup

A low sugar recipe for Canned Peaches using a honey simple syrup.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Condiment, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Canning, Gluten Free
Servings 12 pint jars


  • 8-12 lbs peaches

honey simple syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 vanilla bean (optional)


honey simple syrup:

  • Bring the sugar, honey, slit and seeded vanilla bean pod (if using), and water to a boil then simmer until the sugar and honey is dissolved. Discard the vanilla bean from the simple syrup. Keep warm until ready to pour over the peaches.

canning 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 or quarters then place inside jars 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 leaving 1/2 inch 'headspace.'
  • 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!


All honey may be used instead of part honey and part sugar.

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Kelley’s Peach Raspberry Jam.

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Comments (14)

  1. This is brilliant, I’ve been wishing I could can some Utah peaches from the farmers market this year, but the husband and I don’t eat processed sugar at all. I didn’t even think you could use a honey based syrup instead!

    • Yep, same amount. You can also just use however much you feel will be sweet enough. You don’t have to use the full amount if you want a less sweet syrup. The lemon juice helps with the preservation as well as the sugar or honey.

  2. ok folks, this may sound dumb. but i am new to canning. my brother has a peach tree and this will be my 1st venture with canning. what does ‘slit’ mean? please help and dont laugh too hard,

    thank you

    • Barbara, Glad you asked! Make a small x with a knife at the bottom of the peach (just slicing into the skin) so that the skin will start to peel off when you boil the peaches. Let me know if you have any other questions along the way!

  3. 4 stars
    What other sweeteners can be used for those of us who have challenges with sugar. Honey is great but it’s rather expensive to use it exclusively. Can Stevia or maple syrup be used in addition to or instead of?


    • Diana, you can actually skip the sweetener all together. IF you have pretty sweet peaches on their own then you can try it this way! Just add boiling water and lemon juice (use about a teaspoon in each jar to prevent the peaches from browning) over the peeled peaches. This way you can have a true taste of peach without any sweetener. Hope this helps. 🙂

  4. Hi Becky. Thanks for your information after peeling off the skin of peaches. Can I use honey and water and lemon juice. And put in the refrigerator. No canning and boil. Can last for one month in the refrigerator. Thankyou

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