Abundance is great, wonderful even. Finding the time to get everything done is more challenging. This is the weekend, let's get it done.
It all started with this:
But I decided to focus on this:
One thing at a time. I wanted peaches in a light syrup and something new - peach honey. Doesn't that sound delicious? Yes, peach honey. I am imagining my self in those months of February, March, April opening up a jar of peaches and voila! A little taste of summer. That should help those cold, dark months, right? I thought so. That's my motivation. I think it is as good as any.
We cooked them in some medium syrup and canned them up. Beautiful.
After we cleaned up the mess, it was time for peach honey. This honey uses up the extra peels and syrup. It really does taste like honey infused with peach flavor. Yum. I found this recipe on PickYourOwn.org and thought it was a great use of the extra ingredients.
recipe modified from Pick Your Own
Peach peels (we had 28 peach peels)
Leftover peach syrup
1/3 package of pectin
6 1/2 pint jars with lids
First you need to make peach juice. You do this by covering the peelings with water and slowly cooking them in a covered saucepan until they are super soft. After that you can put them in a cheesecloth bag and press to remove all juice. According to Pick Your Own, the goal is to remove large chunks. I didn't have cheesecloth so I used a colander and it seemed to do the trick.
Next, you pour the peach juice in a saucepan and heat over medium to high heat. When it boils like crazy, Pick Your Own says to add the sugar at the rate of one-half as much sugar as juice. Then your goal is to boil it down.
Quick fixes from Pick Your Own include:
If it doesn't thicken, you can mix 1/3 of a packet of pectin with 1/3 cup of sugar and mix it in. That will thicken it. Or you can cook it down in a Crockpot overnight, on low. (I did end up cooking mine over night in the Crockpot and it turned out pretty good.)
After that, pour the honey into clean jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Put the lids on and process in the waterbath for 15 minutes.
So far I have used it on toast and I think I am going to try to make granola with it. It would also be delicious mixed in drinks.