Yes, we can! In honor of International Can-It-Forward Day, I’m partnering with my friends from Ball® Home Canning to recreate a recipe of my choice from their new cookbook, The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving. It was hard to choose because there were so many inspiring recipes in there, but I landed on one that is an easy, unique and kid-friendly way to preserve the season’s stone fruit harvest: Sweet Tea-Poached Peaches!
Who needs heavy syrups when you can pack sweet, peak-season peaches in freshly brewed sweet tea? It’s an unexpected change of pace that’s perfect all year long.
Money-saving tip: Do you have an orchard or farmer’s market nearby? Be sure to ask about seconds. You can save a bundle of money by purchasing a bushel of slightly imperfect fruit, which is still perfect for canning!
Sweet Tea Poached Peaches
- 1 lemon*
- 3½ lb. (1.6 kg) peaches
- 3½ cups (875 mL) water
- 4 regular-size tea bags*
- 1 cup (250 mL) sugar
- 1 cup (250 mL) honey
- 3 Tbsp. (45 mL) lemon juice
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Fill a large bowl two- thirds full of ice water. Cut lemon in half, and squeeze juice into ice water. Cut an X in the bottom (opposite stem end) of each peach. Working in batches, place peaches in a wire basket; lower into boiling water and blanch 60 seconds, or just until skins loosen or curl. Place immediately in lemon juice mixture. When cool enough to handle, peel peaches, cut in half, and remove pits. Cut halves in half, if desired; return to lemon juice mixture.
- Bring 31⁄2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; cover and steep 15 minutes. Remove tea bags. Stir in sugar, honey, and 3 Tbsp. lemon juice; bring to a simmer. Keep hot.
- Pack peach halves or quarters tightly into a hot jar, cavity side down, leaving 1⁄2-inch headspace. Ladle hot tea mixture over peaches, leaving 1⁄2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band, and adjust to fingertip-tight. Place jar in boiling-water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
- Process jars 25 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat; remove lid, and let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
- *Ball® Fruit-Fresh® may be substituted for the lemon juice.
- *You can use 2 Tbsp. loose tea placed in a tea ball instead of the tea bags.
There’s just something about that Ball Home Canning logo on the jar that gets me right in the feels. Always will. And when that familiar, nostalgic jar is filled with Sweet Tea-Poached Peaches? Well, I just might have to hide one in the back of the pantry for myself because the kids looooved these.
Find more Ball Canning recipes at FreshPreserving.com. From chutneys and sauces to freezer jams and more, you’ll find tons of inspiration to pack your pantry all year long.
Join International Can-It-Forward Day
Can-It-Forward Day is an all-day celebration of the joys of fresh preserving, for both seasoned canners and newbies! This year, Ball will be hosting the celebration entirely online via Facebook Live. The Ball brand and their ambassadors will be dishing out the fun all day long so you can learn and grab inspiration, and for every comment, like or share, they’ll donate $1 to a local charity.
Sign the Can-It-Forward pledge page and share it with your friends so they CAN, too!
Where and When:
Tune in on July 22nd to watch canning demonstrations via Facebook Live from 10am – 3:30pm ET. Each hour, viewers will have the chance to win a giveaway prize.
Need answers to your canning questions? Ask Jarden Home Brands canning experts any preserving or home canning questions via Twitter with the hashtag #canitforward from 10am – 5pm ET on July 22nd.
Enter to Win!
Ball Canning has offered one lucky reader the same bundle of goodies that I received! (Retail value: $36)
- The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving
- 1 Case of Collection Elite Wide Mouth Pint Jars
- 1 $5 Coupon to be used on FreshPreservingStore.com