This recipe will make between 7-1/2 pints and 10 pints, depending on the peaches and on how thick you cook it down.
The Amish guy was probably as happy as I was when he finally got Georgia peaches Thursday. I had been up there twice a week for 2 weeks to see if he had peaches. When I was up there earlier last week, his brother-in-law said the peaches would be there Thursday but the regular guy (Ellis) said “If I were you, I’d come on Friday!” So Friday morning I was up there when they opened and yes, they had peaches. I bought a 25 pound box and I can’t stop eating them.
Saturday I made 7 pints and 1 half pint of peach jam. Then I made 10 pints of my favorite peach chutney. We love it over smoked pork butt or brisket or grilled chicken or fried chicken. We had been out and yesterday had it with fried chicken strips and Vince was raving about how good it is so I need to make at least one more batch while I can get peaches.
As soon as it began to simmer, Vince began asking when it would be done. He loves it and knew there’s always a little bit left over after the jars are filled. When I was done and he was scraping out what was left in the pan, he kept saying “Oh, that’s a good batch! When can we open a jar?” Later Vince!
The lighter one is the jam and the darker one is the chutney. Here’s the recipe I use. It’s really easy to make and you can adjust the pepper or sugar or spices to suit your own tastes.
4 quarts peaches, pitted, peeled and chopped
3 cups brown sugar
2 cups white sugar
1 cup raisins (I don’t like them but I use them for this recipe)
2 cups chopped onion
1/4 cup mustard seed
4 – 6 Tablespoons finely sliced, peeled fresh ginger
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
4 – 10 jalapeno peppers, sliced (remove seeds if you want less heat . . we leave them in)
4 cups cider vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a pot that’s plenty large enough that it won’t boil over. Simmer til thick, stirring real often. It tends to want to stick if you get the heat too high or if you don’t stir it enough.
Fill hot jars, leaving 1/4″ head space. Remove air bubbles. Adjust lids and rings. Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
About those quilting goals – just my luck that the first day I’m talking about setting goals, I don’t get them all done.
Sewing Goals for Monday, June 28:
- Finish all 35 blocks for rust and green quilt (don’t panic — 10 blocks are already made and components of many other are ready) Done!
- Sew the blocks into rows
- Cut squares for quarter square triangles for rust and green quilt Done!
Sewing Goals for Tuesday, June 29:
- Sew the blocks into rows
- Sew the rows together
- Sew the quarter square triangles together