Cardamom Peach Pie Filling + Canning Instructions

Earlier this summer I found myself the proud owner of 48lbs of fresh Georgia peaches, most of which went to make some pretty fabulous Vanilla Bean Infused Peach Slices. I could eat those bad boys all day long, but after putting up nearly four cases of them I decided it was time for a change, I wanted to try my hand at another pie filling.

I'm a firm believer than you can never have too much pie filling on hand so you'll normally find a case or two floating around our house, but our cherry harvest this year was smaller than normal leaving me with a measly 4 jars of the Cherry Almond Pie Filling I made back in May. That's not even enough to see me through a single holiday, so I decided a spiced peach filling had to be done, if only so I could eat my fill of cobblers and crisps this summer.

The combination of sweet peaches and warm spices is the perfect bridge between summer and fall, so I'll encourage you to make up a batch or two while you can still find fresh peaches. Before too long they'll be gone, along with our warm weather, and you'll regret that you only pinned this post instead of making it.

If you're new to pie making don't forget to check out our  Pie Crust 101  tutorial. It will help you get a handle on the basics of making a good pie crust from scratch. It's not nearly as scary as the internet would have you belive, I promise!

If you're new to pie making don't forget to check out our Pie Crust 101 tutorial. It will help you get a handle on the basics of making a good pie crust from scratch. It's not nearly as scary as the internet would have you belive, I promise!

Cardamom Peach Pie Filling
 

makes 2 pints or 1 quart


Ingredients

3½ cups ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
½ cup granulated white sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds removed
¼ teaspoon cardamom, ground
¼ teaspoon ginger, ground
⅛ teaspoon cloves, ground
¾ cup cold water
¼ cup + 1 tbsp ClearJel (see notes)
4 teaspoons bottled lemon juice

Directions

  • Cut an X in the bottom of the peaches, dip them in a large pot of boiling water for 30 - 60 seconds or until the skins start to loosen, then quickly transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Slip the skins off, cut the peaches in half, remove the pit, and slice into equal-sized pieces. 
  • In a large saucepan combine white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla bean seeds, cardamom, ginger, cloves, cold water, and ClearJel. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Add lemon juice, continue to boil for an additional minute, stirring frequently. Gently fold in the peaches, continue cooking for three minutes, then transfer directly to your pie crust.
  • This recipe is safe to can, so you can also put it in sterilized pint or quart jars, making sure to leave a full inch of headspace, and process in a water bath for 30 minutes (0 - 1,000 ft),  35 minutes (1,001 - 3,000 ft), 40 minutes (3,001 - 6,000 ft) or 45 minutes (if above 6,000 ft). The time is the same for both pints and quarts. 

Notes

 

You'll find cinnamon absent from all of the recipes here at Not Starving Yet because I have a pesky allergy to it, but for you cinnamon lovers out there I'll let you in on a secret: You can add it to your batch if you really miss it, although I'll encourage you to try the recipe the way it's written the first time, it really is wonderful.

Pie dishes come in a variety of sizes, so double check how much filling you need before you get started. A standard size pie dish takes 2 pints while a deep dish will take 3. 

Not sure where to find ClearJel? I've never seen it sold at our local stores, so I buy a from Amazon and have it shipped to me. My preferred brand comes from SB Canning, which isn't available at the moment, so my second choice would be from Hoosier Hill Farm

ClearJel expands quite a bit during processing, so make sure you leave a full inch of headspace when filling your jars. Anything less and you run the risk of your lid popping while it's in the water bath (if you're using Weck jars) or compromising your seal (if using Ball/Kerr jars.)
 

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Vanilla Bean Infused Peach Slices #fijchallenge #CanItForward

Just shortly after I returned from Ireland a friend let me in on a little secret: There were some excellent blueberries to be had in town and if I was lucky the person selling them may just have some plump Georgia pecans too. Unfortunately by the time I managed to get out the door the pecans were all gone, but I lucked out and in addition to my blueberries I was able to bring home a bushel of over-ripe Georgia peaches for half off. Never one to pass up a deal, especially on peaches, I happily handed over my hard earned money and spent the next few days finding creative ways to preserve them.

And then I ran out of steam... What was I thinking buying 48 pounds of peaches?

After making two cases of pie filling in a variety of flavors and playing around with a new flavor of peach applesauce I decided to cut my creative endeavors short. Everything I had left got sliced up and preserved with a vanilla bean infused syrup, which just may be one of the simplest ways to preserve peaches. 

Vanilla Bean Infused Peach Slices | Not Starving Yet

Vanilla Bean Infused Peaches


makes 9 pints


Ingredients

6½ cups water
¾ cup sugar
4½ vanilla beans, cut in half and sliced down the center (see notes)
11 pounds yellow peaches
Lots of ice, to help with peeling

Directions

  • Before beginning, sterilize your jars and rings in the dishwasher. As per the new canning guidelines lids no longer need to be sterilized if they'll be in the water bath for more than 10 minutes.
  • Prepare a light syrup made of water and sugar in a large saucepan, bring the mixture to a boil, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the vanilla beans to the hot syrup, turn off the heat, and allow the vanilla beans to infuse while you peel your peaches.
  • Dip the peaches in a large pot of boiling water for 30 - 60 seconds, or until the skins start to loosen. Quickly drop the peaches in a bowl of ice water and slip the skins off. Cut the peaches in half, remove the pit, then slice into equal-sized pieces. 
  • Add the peach slices to the sugar syrup and bring to a boil. Fill your sterilized jars with fruit and a slice of vanilla bean. Once the jars are full add syrup, making sure to leave ½ inch headspace at the top of the jar. 
  • Tap the jars gently to remove any air bubbles that may have become trapped, wipe the rims of the jars to remove any access syrup, then add a new canning lid. Make sure to tighten the ring securely before placing the jars in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes (pint jars) or 25 minutes (quart jars.)
  • Remove the jars from the water bath and set them on a dish towel to cool. After the jars have cooled completely check the seals and refrigerate any jars that do not have a good seal.

Notes

I have occasionally run out of syrup when canning peaches, but it's easy to make more as needed without making up a full batch of syrup. 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and ½ a vanilla bean is usually enough to fill the last jar should you run out. Any extra syrup can be refrigerated and used later, as long as you remember to bring the refrigerated syrup to a full boil.

If you want to put up a large amount of peaches I suggest trying to find the freestone variety, the pits practically fall out when you cut the peaches in half which saves a surprising amount of time. 

Vanilla Bean Peach Applesauce + Canning Instructions #Unprocessed

It's that time of year again, you know the one I'm talking about—no, not pumpkin spice everything season—canning season is officially coming to an end. We've already had our first frost, so I stopped by the orchard to pick up the last batch of apples for the year. I know I've already posted recipes for Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce, Strawberry Applesauce and Spiced Blueberry Applesauce—now it's time to try it with peaches.

It just so happens that I have a freezer full of them left over from making Sweet Cherry and Peach Preserves a few months ago.

Now I realize that not everyone has excess peaches on their hands, so feel free to pick up frozen peaches at the market the next time you're there if you're tempted to try this recipe. Trust me you won't regret it. Personally I'm glad I saved so many, it means that I'll be able to enjoy a small taste of summer when it's -30°F outside and I'm regretting the decision to move to Wisconsin. Well, unless my little man decides to eat all the applesauce before spring rolls around—he does like to eat applesauce like it's going out of style.

Vanilla Bean Peach Applesauce + Canning Instructions | Not Starving Yet

Easy Crock-Pot Vanilla Bean Peach Applesauce
makes roughly 8 half pints or 4 pints

Ingredients

8 large sized apples, any variety
12 - 16 ounces peaches, fresh or frozen
1 Vanilla Bean
2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Equipment

Apple peeler/corer/slicer
potato masher
water-bath canner or stock pot with lifter
8 - 10 half pint canning jars with lids and rings
jar grabber
magnetic lid lifter
funnel
butter knife
ladle
clean dish towels and cloths 

Directions

  • Thoroughly wash all fruit before beginning. Cut away any brown areas, peel the apples and peaches, then cover with lemon juice to prevent browning.

Thinner apples will cook much faster. This is where an apple peeler/corer/slicer comes in handy—it will also cut your time peeling apples in half. Beg or borrow one if you can, you won't regret it.

  • Open vanilla bean pod with a knife and scrape the insides into the applesauce. Once insides are removed, toss the entire pod in with the other ingredients. Cook on high for 3 - 4 hours, or until the fruit mashes easily. 

While waiting for applesauce to cook, sterilize your canning jars, rings, potato masher, and any other equipment that will come into contact with the applesauce. You can do this easily by putting everything in the dishwasher and running it. Just don't put your equipment in with dirty dishes.

  • While your jars are sterilizing fill your stock pot with water and let it boil. Keep in mind that it takes awhile for a large pot of water to boil. You don't want to fill your jars before your water is ready.
  • Place a sauce pan on the stove, add your canning lids, and fill pan with several inches of water. Bring the water to a simmer and allow the sealing wax on the lids to soften for several minutes.
  • Fill sterilized jars with hot applesauce leaving 1/2 inch head space at the top. Remove air bubbles with a knife, wipe the rims with a clean damp rag, place lids on top and fasten ring until fingertip tight.

Waterbath Canning

  • Place sealed jars on a rack in the canner or stock pot. Make sure jars are covered with water and that the waterline is about an inch over the top of the jars, then cover pot with lid.

You do not want the jars coming into contact with the bottom of the canner or stock pot because they will bounce around and likely break.

  • Process half pints and pints for 15 minutes, quarts for 20 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Time starts once the water has come to a complete boil again. You may need to add boiling water to keep the water level up as the jars are processing.
  • Remove jars from canner, set on a clean dish towel and let them rest for several hours until cool. You should hear a popping sound as the lids seal. 
  • To check the seals of your jars wait until they have cooled and press the center gently with your finger. If it moves up and down the jar is not sealed. You can either reprocess using a new lid never reuse an old lid or eat the applesauce. 
  • Label with detailed contents and date, then store in a cool, dark, and dry place.

Other Notes

Make sure to experiment with the flavors different types of apples will produce. I used organic Galla apples for this batch because they were on sale at whole foods, but many varieties make a good sauce.

Small Batch Sweet Cherry and Peach Preserves + Canning Instructions

I just got back from spending a week with my family, but it wasn't until we were half way back to Missouri that I realized that I had screwed up. I didn't stop by my favorite produce stand to pick up my summer supply of peaches. That meant going an entire year without any because, while Wisconsin produces a lot of great things, peaches just aren't one of them. Those hard as a rock things they sell in the grocery store (you know the ones I'm talking about, don't you?) The ones that never seem to soften up and don't even smell like peaches. Those are not peaches, at least, not the kind I grew up with.

Real peaches are the ones so filled up with juice they burst the second your teeth pierce the flesh, leaving you with a trail of juice running down your chin. Those are the peaches I grew up with, but sadly those are not the peaches I find these days. They seem to be a thing of the past.

I've always felt that it's not officially summer until I've had my first peach, so I spent the drive back to Wisconsin completely dejected. Summer was officially over before it ever really got started. There would be no peach pies, crisps, or cobblers in my future. No jellies, butters, or preserves to get me through the long cold Wisconsin winter.

Summer was dead to me.

Well, at least until I went to the grocery store hungry (something I keep telling myself I shouldn't do, but at least it worked in my favor this time.) I was wandering through the produce section looking for dinner ingredients when I stumbled across case on top of case of canning peaches. I'm ashamed now to admit I walked right on by them (didn't I mention the fact that we don't get good peaches in Wisconsin?)

Then it hit me— I smelled peaches!

I immediately turned the cart around (practically gunning down little old ladies right and left in my effort to get there fast enough) and I picked up a case of some of the best smelling peaching I've seen in years. Then three days later I went back for more, because lets be honest, you can never have too many peaches.

I'm going to give you fair warning, you're about to be inundated with peach recipes, starting with these glorious sweet cherry and peach preserves that I saw on Food in Jars

Sweet Cherry and Peach Preserves

Sweet Cherry and Peach Preserves
makes 3 half pints

Ingredients

1½ pounds yellow peaches
¾ pounds sweet cherries (see notes)
1¼ cups granulated white sugar 

Directions

  • Bring a sauce pan of water to a boil. Working in small batches, blanch the peaches for 30 seconds, before transferring them to an ice bath. Once the peaches have cooled slightly the skins should easily peel off.
  • Remove the pits from the cherries. You can pull them apart with your hands, or use a chopstick to help force the pit out.
  • In a non-reactive sauce pan add sugar, peaches, and cherries. Stir well to combine, then bring the contents to a boil over high heat.

Make sure to stir the pot frequently taking care to scrape the bottom, especially during the later portion of the cooking process where the fruit tends to burn more easily.

  • While the fruit is cooking sterilize your jars and other canning supplies. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  • Allow the fruit to reduce by roughly ⅓ (this took about 30 minutes, but could take longer.) Turn the heat off once the sauce has thickened.
  • Fill sterilized jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace at the top. Carefully wipe the rims, add lid and ring, then process in a water bath for 10 minutes. Once the timer goes off, leave the jars in the water for an additional 5 minutes to help prevent the preserves from siphoning.
  • Carefully remove jars and set on a dishtowel. Never set hot jars directly on the counter, the rapid temperature change can cause them to break.
  • Allow the jars to cool completely before testing the seal. Any unsealed jars should be reprocessed or refrigerated immediately.

Notes

When selecting peaches for canning I prefer the freestone variety because the flesh of the peach doesn't cling to the pit. They're a lot less work, which really makes a difference if you plan on processing a ton of peaches. For small batches, such as this recipe, clingstone peaches will work just fine.

I used sweet cherries because it's what I had on hand (thanks to my husband's grandma who gave me a huge bag while we were on vacation,) but sour cherries will work just as well.

Give this recipe your own twist! Try adding a vanilla bean, ground cardamom, ginger, or galangal.