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Sweet Pickled Peaches (or Nectarines)

Pretty pink syrupy fruit

This is my great-grandmother Shaw’s recipe for sweet pickled peaches. I remember my mom making these from the tiny white peaches that grew around our house when I was growing up, even if she doesn’t remember that.

So when my grandma (other side of the family) showed up with a 10-pound bag of not-quite-ripe nectarines picked from her tree, I knew immediately what I would do with them. This recipe is a great way to use not-quite-ripe fruit. As soon as the syrup started boiling, filling the kitchen with a very familiar sweet-sour cinnamon smell, I knew I made the right decision.

Each fruit is impaled with a whole clove before cooking

These are best if you can let them cure in the jars for a couple of days before eating them on their own (mind the pits!) or serving alongside barbecue. Try the pickling syrup added to a gin and tonic or a rum and juice cocktail.

Pickled Peaches Recipe — Printable!

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Sweet Pickled Peaches (or Nectarines)

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Ingredients

  • 7 pounds peaches or nectarines
  • 3 3/4 pounds sugar
  • 1 quart (4 cups) white vinegar
  • 2 ounces whole cloves
  • 2 ounces cinnamon stick

Instructions

  1. Pare the peaches if you want (not necessary with nectarines).
  2. Poke a whole clove into each peach; use two cloves per peach if they’re big’uns.
  3. Combine sugar, vinegar, and cinnamon in a large pot and bring to boil, covered, over high heat. Boil 5 minutes.
  4. Add fruit and cover. Set timer for 10 minutes. The pot should be boiling again after 5 minutes. Allow fruit to boil another 5 minutes.
  5. Scoop fruit out and into wide-mouth jars.
  6. Boil syrup another 5 minutes, then pour over fruit.
  7. Seal and cool.
  8. Makes 10 quarts

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10 Comments

  1. Ashley R. on April 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Would this recipe work with Apple Cider Vinegar? Do you think the flavor would be too much or overwhelming? I usually don’t keep white vinegar on hand, except for cleaning.

    Thanks!

    • Hilah on April 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

      I think the flavor would work very well, Ashley!

  2. Carolyn on July 23, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Thank you, refreshing site. Will try to stay connected thru recipes or something. Our peaches didn’t
    turn out to good, but first time for making pickled peaches. I now know why Grandma always used whole peaches. These peaches were small, the recipe was for a two day ordeal, and they would have been perfect but were over ripe Clings, so they didn’t ring properly when we cut them in half. Used the smashed parts for jam, so we didn’t waste anything. Anyway thank you for your recipe, that I will use later when the other tree of clings get ripe. We have an abundance of garden and fruit. Froze yellow crookneck squash with cornmeal, and shredded zucchini today. Need to can tomatoes and freeze 2 ft. long green beans ( love these Chinese beans). Thanks again, kind of long winded once I get started.
    Carolyn

    • Hilah on July 23, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Oh yes, Carolyn, that’s a great point about small peaches being too much trouble to section. Thanks for reminding me of this recipe 🙂 I’ll have to make them soon with some local peaches.

  3. Dill pickle queen! on August 1, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Do these jars need to be processed like traditional canning requires? If not, how long will these last for if kept in a refrigerator?

    • Hilah on August 2, 2016 at 11:28 am

      We always just poured the hot liquid in and sealed them. As long as they pop down, they are good on the shelf for a couple months at least but I bet you will eat them faster than that 🙂

  4. Stechen on July 20, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Did you know a peach can be blanched and peeled like a tomato? No loss of glorious peachy goodness

    • Hilah on July 20, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Yes! 😀 I don’t think I would peel pickled peaches, though, since they would probably disintigrate

  5. Win on August 11, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    The recipe says to pare the peaches but you say you wouldn’t peel pickled peaches. Im confused. Sorry…Do I peel the peaches before pickling them?

    • Hilah on August 11, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Sorry for the confusion. I don’t peel them, but the original recipe from my great-grandmother said to peel them. I double-checked with my mom and grandma and they both agree peeling is optional and the peaches stay together better when left unpeeled.

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