Peach Pickles

Preparation

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While June Kent's copy of the "Ball Blue Book" has been "loved to death" - missing cover, missing pages - after rereading its 1950s-vintage recipe for peach pickles, she decided to buy a more up-to-date version for me to copy. However, she added notes from personal experience.
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"First of all," she pointed out, "you don't want three big old quarts of peach pickles. You want pints; one or two to open at Thanksgiving dinner and the rest to give as gifts for Christmas. Then there's the spices called for in this new version - 4 sticks of cinnamon! Why, there were no cinnamon sticks at our local grocer in the 1930s, '40s, or '50s! Then they've called for 2 tablespoons whole cloves, crushed - no, no, no, that's too much.
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You'll be just fine with 1 tablespoon uncrushed. And fresh ginger? That's a very new addition, but, they left out the allspice berries. We always included 1 teaspoon whole dried allspice berries in the spice bag with the whole dried cloves. Other than those differences, the recipe will work OK."
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8 pounds peaches, peeled, but do not pit (small to medium; see note)
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4 sticks cinnamon2 tablespoons whole cloves, crushed1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger6 cups granulated sugar1 quart vinegar
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As the peaches are peeled treat to prevent darkening (see note).
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Tie cinnamon, cloves and ginger in a small square of cheesecloth. Put sugar, vinegar and spice bag in a large non-aluminum 4- to 6-quart pot; bring to a boil and boil pickling liquid 5 minutes.
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Meanwhile, drain peaches.
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Cook drained peaches in the pickling liquid until they can be pierced with a fork, but are not soft, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat and allow peaches to set in pickling liquid overnight to plump. Cover and leave at room temperature.
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The next day wash 6 pint jars and fill with hot water until needed. Prepare lids as manufacturer directs.
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Bring peaches and syrup to a boil. Remove spice bag.
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Pack peaches into one hot jar at a time, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Ladle hot pickling syrup over peaches leaving 1/4 inch head space. Remove air bubbles by running a plastic knife or spatula around the inside of the jar. Wipe jar rim with a damp, clean cloth. Attach lid. Fill and close remaining jars. Process 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
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Allow 4 to 5 weeks for peaches to cure and develop flavor.
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Note: To peel peaches, submerge them in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds and then into cold water for 20 seconds. Skin should slip right off.
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Note: To prevent darkening, place the peaches directly into a solution of 2 tablespoons each salt and vinegar per 1 gallon of water. Or, you can use a commercial anti-oxident such as Fruit Fresh to prevent discoloration using directions on package. and Dehydration"

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Yield:

1.0 servings

Added:

Monday, November 30, 2009 - 1:42pm

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