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Georgia Peaches & Preserves

There is scarcely anything more delicious than fresh Georgia peaches in any dish I serve. I think the peaches are the reason I remained in Georgia after moving here some odd years ago. Peaches are readily available when they are in season and although I’ve not had success with growing my own peach trees, I do frequent the Farmer’s Market for fresh peaches. I ran across some peaches yesterday while there that I couldn’t refuse to buy and decided it was time for some fresh peach delights.

Peach Preserves

I found a simple recipe online from georgiapeaches.org that I use for my peach preserves and it’s become my no fail, easy to make peach preserves recipe. The biggest thing that makes this recipe delicious is FRESH peaches. You can pretty much look at the peaches to see if they have been refrigerated or come straight from the tree. At least I can tell the difference after years of making preserves. The recipe I’m using makes 6 half pint jars, give or take. I’m going to use up some jelly jars I just bought so I don’t have to go out and buy different size flats. Below are the ingredients you will need to gather before you start making your peach preserves.

Georgia Peaches & Preserves

I start my peach preserves by washing the peaches really well. And then really well again. I’m a fanatic about clean food. Wash wash wash. I selected a little firmer fruit than I normally would because I wanted to make some Peach Chutney as well, but that’s a whole other post. I didn’t get the Churney made as planned today. That happens sometimes during school holidays when the kids are out of school and I need to be 100 places at once. I consider myself lucky that I had time to make peach preserves.

Peach Preserves

Next up, I sliced and diced my peaches until I had 4 cups ready to start the cooking process.

Georgia Peaches and Preserves

Into the diced peaches, add 1/4 cup of lemon juice and a box of fruit pectin. Set the temperature to high and stir constantly until it comes to a full roaring boil.

Fresh Georgia Peaches

Fresh Georgia Peaches

Stir, stir, stir, stir…

Georgia Peaches & Preserves

Keep stirring, you’re doing GREAT!

Georgia Peaches & Preserves

As soon as it comes to a full roaring boil, it’s time to add the 5 cups of sugar (don’t skimp on this).

Georgia Peaches & Preserves

It’s time to work those upper arms out some more and continue stirring. Once the mixture reaches a full boil this time, let it continue to boil for 1 minute. Keep those arms moving. I’m stirring and stirring and stirring my brew… oops wrong song, rewind.

Have jars and lids ready because this process will move quickly. You will want the flats on the jars as soon after you ladle the preserves into it for a better seal.

peach preserves recipe

peach preserves recipe

And now, the moment I’ve been waiting for…

peach preserves recipe

My goodness, fresh toasted English muffin with warm melted butter and peach preserves right out of the pan. Heavenly.

peach preserves recipe

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26 Comments

  1. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    March 17, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Peaches are expensive here so whenever we have one, it’s a real treat!. I wish it gets cheaper so I can try making these peach preserves.

  2. Rebecca Swenor

    March 14, 2015 at 8:12 am

    This sounds and looks so delicious. I love peaches and I haven’t made peach preserves before so I will have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Melanie

    March 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    I do a lot of canning and especially love peaches. This looks wonderful. And Georgia peaches are the absolute best, hands down!

  4. Life as a Convert

    March 13, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    These look delicious. I haven’t had peach preserves in many years. I think I was less than half my age now!

  5. Sophie O'Reilly

    March 13, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I’m a fan of nice fresh peaches, will definitely have to add this to my list of recipes to try!

  6. Bonnie @ wemake7

    March 13, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    That looks so good and remind me of my grandmother. She used to make jams and jellies all the time. I don’t think she never made this type before. Looks delicious!

  7. Chrystal @ YUM eating

    March 13, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Sounds amazing. I love making preserves, jellies and jams. I also enjoy the canning process of just having sliced fruits, too.

  8. Digna D.

    March 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I have never made preserves but I do love peaches. I actually have similar jars I purchased to make preserves/jelly. This recipe looks so easy to make. Our local peach season her in PA is so short unless they get shipped in. I would rather wait until then, they taste so much better.

  9. Chubskulit Rose

    March 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Nummies nummies! I got to experience tasting fresh peaches when we went on a road trip last summer. We stopped by one of those Iowa farmers and bought some, they were sweeter than the ones we usually bought from the store.

  10. Lynndee

    March 13, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Wow! I love peaches but I had always had them fresh. I would love to try peach preserves. Bet it is delicious!

  11. Beth

    March 13, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Looks delicious! I’m not a big fan of Georgia peaches, but I’d love to make maybe a nice apple or cherry preserve!

  12. michele d

    March 13, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I agree with you Georgia Peaches are unbelievable delicious! Just thinking about your english muffins with your peach preserves is making me hungry. Thank you for the step by step instructions. I gotta try this out.

  13. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition

    March 13, 2015 at 6:42 am

    I can’t wait for all the spring fruits and veggies! There is nothing better than fresh fruit from the farmer’s market and making your own recipe with it.

  14. Shaney Vijendranath

    March 13, 2015 at 4:52 am

    Oh my, this looks so good! I remember my aunty used to make them for us. It was always yummy with toasted bread.

  15. onceuponamaritime

    March 13, 2015 at 12:57 am

    This looks so good, I am a big fan of peaches and I’m waiting for them to come back in season here!

  16. Sarh S

    March 13, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I never knew preserves were boiled… Learn something new every day.

  17. vidya sudarsan

    March 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    In a few months, my friends and neighbors will all start distributing peaches and plums from their gardens.. I have saved your recipe. We have apricot and plum trees that yields quite a bit of fruits. I’m wondering if I can use this recipe to preserve apricots and plums..

  18. Cara (@StylishGeek)

    March 12, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I am bookmarking this post because I always wanted to learn how to make Peach preserves! Incidentally I just planted a small peach tree last Fall. No fruits yet. But when it does I can’t wait to make delicious peach anything! :)

  19. Elizabeth O.

    March 12, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    That looks soooo good!!! Too bad we don’t get fresh peaches here; just canned ones!

  20. Nina Say

    March 12, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    This reminds me of my childhood so much. My grandma used to make the exact same thing.

  21. Lisa @bitesforbabies

    March 12, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I love peaches! This looks delicious…have you ever tried roasting them? Delicious!

  22. Liz Mays

    March 12, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Oh my gosh that sounds great. I need to try this out for myself. I love peaches after all.

  23. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    March 12, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Georgia peaches are by far the best. I would love to make my own jams and jellies!

  24. Alli

    March 12, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I’m originally from GA and there’s nothing quite like a GA peach! I was even called one a few times back in high school. :) I’m hanging on to this recipe for summertime when the peaches are ripe here in SC. They’re not GA peaches, but are mighty close.

  25. Cassie

    March 12, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I think my husband and I are going to try this out! We are so tired of store bought jellies and preserves.

  26. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    March 12, 2015 at 11:33 am

    That’s what I like to see! I live in Georgia, and we always make FULL use of our peaches down here. Yum!

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