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Treat Your Tastebuds to Summer Fresh Peach Butter

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If you’re lucky enough to have an abundance of fresh peaches, set some aside to make this homemade peach butter recipe. You can opt to preserve this for the pantry, or simply store in the fridge for topping your breakfast toast, ice cream, or even just a spoon.

Try this recipe for making this no sugar added apple butter, too!

peach butter recipe in a glass jar with a spoon

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Orchard dreams

I dream of having my own food forest on my own land where I harvest mass amounts of food one day. For right now, though, the only abundant thing we have coming out of our yard is eggs. (I’m definitely not complaining!) 

Because of the lack of food coming out of our yard, I turn to a local co-op where we get great deals on fresh, local, organic food in bulk. I love being a part of my co-op because I am too busy to figure out where the best farms are, what the going prices are, and all the other good stuff that comes along with hunting for the perfect farm to buy your produce.

fresh peaches in a white dish

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I tend to buy a bunch of one particular food item thinking I’ll spend all day making all kinds of recipes.  The reality is, I get home with way too much of one produce item that I have to figure what to do with before they go bad, and then feel completely overwhelmed.

This recently happened to me when I bought 40 organic peaches and 12 pounds of organic blueberriesAs I watched the peaches go from hard to soft faster than I could blink my eye, I had to come up with a recipe ASAP that used a lot of peaches.

Enter peach butter

 

This peach butter recipe is so easy, so delicious, and such a great way to use the majority of all those summer sweet peaches.  You can opt to can this peach butter recipe or you can put it in your refrigerator and use it within two weeks.  You can even put it in freezer-safe jars and freeze small portions.

Canning Safety

Canning is an excellent way to preserve food for the pantry, but there are some important safety considerations to keep in mind. 

  • Know the difference between water bath canning and pressure canning. Low acid items must be pressure canned for safety. 
  • Altering ingredients may change the recipe’s pH, posing a safety issue. 
  • Use the proper jars and lids. Never reuse lids, with the exception of the Tattler lids that are intended for such a purpose.
  • For more on canning equipment, please go here
  • This recipe has been made following safe canning procedures.
Fresh peaches with a knife, sliced in preparation for making peach butter

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Homemade peach butter recipe

This peach butter recipe has significantly less sugar than normal fruit butters because of how sweet, juicy, and ripe the peaches are. When you first taste it, you’re hit with cinnamon and then your taste buds are greeted with the sweet, fresh peach flavor.

Ways to use peach butter:

  • Topping buttered toast
  • Topping homemade french toast, pancakes, or waffles
  • Making this vanilla dutch baby and using it as the syrup with homemade whipped cream
  • Eating it straight off the spoon

Related: Chai Spiced – Recipe for Canned Peaches

peeled and chopped fresh peaches in a pot

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fresh peaches in a white dish

Easy Homemade Peach Butter Recipe

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

If you're lucky enough to have an abundance of fresh peaches, set some aside to make a batch of peach butter. You can opt to preserve this for the pantry, or simply store in the fridge for topping your breakfast toast, ice cream, or even just a spoon.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh ripe peaches
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 T. cinnamon
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Use a knife to cut an X at the stem end of each peach. Set up your work area: One bowl with ice water, one empty bowl, a timer (I use my phone), and a slotted spoon. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a rolling boil. Place one or two peaches in the boiling water for 30 seconds, transfer to ice water for 60 seconds, then place in empty bowl. Repeat with all of your peaches. Now peel each peach---the peels should slip off pretty easily. (Discard into your compost bin.) Dump the water from your pot and remove from heat. Cut each peach in half, remove pit, then quarter each half. Place chopped peaches back into pot. Add 1/2 cup water to the pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until soft.
  2. Using an immersion blender, puree peaches until smooth. If you're using an upright blender, make sure the peaches and water cool down a bit before blending. The trapped steam could cause an explosion. Add lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon to the peach puree in the pot, and cook on medium low. You want it to cook at a strong simmer/gentle boil for about 35-50 minutes. Stir occasionally. Towards the end, stir more often as the peach butter gets thick and can burn.
  3. To test doneness: Tilt the pot and run a wooden spoon along the bottom. When the peach butter doesn't run, it's done. The peach butter will thicken more as it cools. Transfer into jars and store in refrigerator.
  4. For longer storage, pour peach butter into canning jars to within 1/2" of top. Put on lid and screw band, then process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 46Unsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 11gSugar: 10g

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Meet the Author

Loriel Adams

Loriel is on a journey to a more natural life and hopes to inspire those around her by writing about her stories on her blog Naturally Loriel. She lives an abundant life with her husband Scott, toddler Andrew, a crazy little Lilly cat and a flock of 8 chickens. She’s a dreamer of self-sufficiency, a lover of all things sweet, and has a knack for story-telling.

23 comments… add one
  • pete pistole Jun 7, 2015, 11:30 am

    Thank you for recipe!!!!

  • Leeann Jun 22, 2015, 5:22 pm

    do I need to use organic sugar or is that your choice?

    • Kris Bordessa Jun 22, 2015, 5:29 pm

      It’s optional. I do recommend that you look for CANE sugar, though. If it doesn’t say cane sugar, it’s likely made from GMO beets.

  • Elizabeth Banks Sep 1, 2015, 4:47 am

    Could you explain how you know it is thick enough again? It’s a little unclear to me.

    • Kris Bordessa Sep 1, 2015, 7:21 am

      Personally, I cook it until I feel itʻs the consistency Iʻd want to use on toast.

    • crystal gaines Jul 30, 2020, 5:44 am

      Can this be made without the lemon? If not, how much lemon juice from a bottle should I use?

      • Kris Bordessa Aug 11, 2020, 7:34 am

        Not if you’re planning to can it. For freezer or fridge though? Sure!

  • Inge Apr 27, 2016, 9:19 pm

    Can I substitute honey for the sugar? Do you have any idea how much honey I would use?

    • Kris Bordessa Apr 28, 2016, 6:38 am

      I’d go with about a cup of honey myself – should be yummy that way!

  • Sheri Aug 16, 2016, 8:44 am

    The peaches here in the PNW were awesome this year and I made my first peach butter. I did utilize my slow cooker crock pot…it was slow going but the peaches were so juicy I didn’t want to risk burning them in the cook down. I did not use any spices preferring only the true taste of the peaches. Get ready! Pears are almost good to go!

  • Brittney Sep 1, 2016, 1:58 pm

    Is this easy to make larger batches with? Or do I need to finangle the ingredient amounts? Thanks!!

    • Kris Bordessa Sep 2, 2016, 8:39 am

      You should be able to double or triple it easily!

  • Jenny Aug 10, 2017, 4:27 pm

    How many cups of peach butter might come out of this recipe? I’m trying to make enough peach butter for 48 half-pint jars, and want to calculate about how many pounds of peaches I’ll need.

    • Kris Bordessa Aug 11, 2017, 2:33 pm

      Roughly four cups.

  • Nonie Sep 6, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Can you freeze the peach butter?

    • Kris Bordessa Sep 9, 2017, 4:26 pm

      I haven’t tried it, but you can freeze other jams/jellies. It *might change the texture, but worth a try!

  • Michelle Mar 24, 2018, 7:26 pm

    Easy to make and oh, so good.

  • Amanda Sep 17, 2018, 8:38 am

    Is this like other canned goods . After a water bath seal it can be stored appx 1 year till opened ? I have alot of peaches and would love to can some

    • Kris Bordessa Oct 17, 2018, 9:47 am

      Yes.

  • Deb Munson Jul 10, 2020, 8:50 am

    My husband is diabetic, can I make this successfully with Splenda?

    • Kris Bordessa Jul 11, 2020, 8:56 am

      I would think so, but I wouldn’t *can it. I’m not sure how Splenda holds up with canning, or if it’s safe.

  • deeundy Jul 11, 2020, 8:13 am

    So can you not use regular sugar in this recipe.

    • Kris Bordessa Jul 11, 2020, 8:55 am

      Yes, you can.

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