In Welcome to the Farm: How-to Wisdom from The Elliott Homestead, Shaye Elliot teaches readers how they can live a homestead lifestyle without a farm. In this fully illustrated how-to, Elliot shows readers how to harvest their own vegetables, milk a dairy cow, cam jams and jellies, and more! The following excerpt is from Chapter 2, "Preserving the Harvest."Yes, peaches can be canned in honey. Lawd have mercy, are they ever delicious. We avoid white sugar like the plague around these parts, so canning our fruit in honey is a wonderful alternative.
- Roughly 3 pounds of peaches per quart jar
- Honey syrup (recipe below)
- Peel the peaches. To make this easier, simply dunk the peaches into boiling water for a minute until the skins easily peel off. Pit the peaches by cutting them in half and removing the pit. You may cut the halves into pieces, if desired, or leave the halves intact.
- Place the peaches into sterilized, warm, glass canning quart jars. Pour honey syrup over the top, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
- Add a lid and band to each jar.
- Process in a water canner for 25 minutes. Remove and allow the jars to sit on the counter overnight to cool and seal before transferring to storage.
- In a large saucepan, combine water and honey at an 8 to 1 ratio (8 cups of water to every 1 cup of honey). Cook over medium heat until combined.
For more canning tips and recipes:
- Preserve Your Harvest with Canning
- The Best Pickled Asparagus Recipe
- Vanilla Infused Cherries Recipe
- Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe
More from Welcome to the Farm:
- Homemade Beeswax Candles
- Harvesting Honey
- Seed Starting Basics
- The Right Seeds for Your Garden
- Butchering Basics
Excerpted with permission from Welcome to the Farm, by Shaye Elliot. Published by Lyons Press, © 2017.