Saturday, September 5, 2009


My friend gave me a box of small, but delicious, peaches! I bottled 7 quarts. After peeling and pitting the peaches, I had a big pile of "garbage". What can be done with that pile?

Be sure you DON'T throw it away. Put the peelings, pits and pieces of over-ripe and bruised peaches in a pan.

Cover with water, put on stove and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes.

Drain through a colander into a large bowl or pan.

Strain that juice through a clean dish towel or a cheese cloth into a clean bowl or pan.

I used the Sure Jell brand of pectin and followed the recipe for grape jelly. Bring 5 cups of juice and the pectin to a boil.

Add a "waterfall" made from 7 cups of sugar.

Bring to a boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat, skim foam off top, ladel into jars. Place lids and rings on jars, place in boiling bath water for 15 minutes.

Look how pretty it is! It tastes delicious too!

I got 2 batches of jelly that filled 8 1/2 pints. All from peach garbage!
Don't forget to head over to Camille's blog to enter her "Sweet Tooth Fairy" give-away! You have until Sunday night.


mysteryhistorymom said...

Connie- That is beautiful! I am so impressed! Lori

Valerie said...

I am so glad you posted this! I was just thinking I needed to bottle some peaches AND make some peach pit jelly! I've never made it, but I have tasted yours and it is sooo good! Plus, you make it look easy... :)

Heffalump said...

I never would have thought to do that! What a great way to keep from wasting...

Yvonne said...

That is great--it looks yummy (and very pretty)

I entered the giveway ; )

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Wow! It does look so pretty! (Miss my mom's canning and wonderful cooking, baking, creating!)

Hmmm... I'll have to try your jelly out...after all we are living in the Peach State :o)

Thanks for sharing! and also for the other sweet idea in your earlier posts!

Blessings & Aloha!

Kimmie said...

You always give so many helpful tips that most of us never think about doing. I love them all!

We have chickens and so I usually just give all of our produce scraps to them, but I like the idea of re-using the peach "garbage" to get double the goodness from your produce--canned fruit as well as jelly. That is wonderfully frugal and I love that!

Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful 3 day weekend!

Camille said...

I used to always think your peach pit jelly was made from blended peach pits. I'm glad to see it's with sugar instead. By the way, who does your photography? Those pictures are amazing!!

Kazzy said...

Seriously, my mouth watered looking at your photos! Yum. I love making jam and jelly. It is my absolute fave!

gigi said...

My aunt makes something like this but with watermellon rind. Yummy good. Your talents amaze me.

Jill Kaufusi said...

I'll be sure to come by to pick up my jar of jelly. And a pink flower.

Nana said...

That is great. I just wish I had known about it sooner. Oh well, my peelings went out to the compost pile. Do you think it would work if I dug em out and made peach pit, grass clippings, egg shell, hair, cucumber peeling jelly?

Ann Marie said...

You saved me!!!
Seriously! I am bottling peaches for the first time tomm! I am so going to do this with the leftover stuff! THANK YOU!!!

If I blog about the experience.. do you care if I link to your post? Let me know! I am soo exited to show my MIL tomm!

Small House said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! I loved bottled peaches. But my family doesn't. They're an odd bunch. This makes me want to dig in and put up a few bottles for myself. I'm also impressed with what you can do with a little garbage!!!
Have a great day.

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW! Great recipe Connie and what a truly gorgeous color. Yummy!

Thanks for your sweet visit my friend. You always make my day with your kindness.

Blessings to you this Labor Day.
~Melissa ;)

wendy said...

You made that gorgeous jam out of peach garbage. Well my dear, you kind of proved otherwise of that saying of "you can't make chicken salad out of chicken #)(&^^" (have you heard that, tee,hee)I love peaches. Canning is sooooo much work, but doesn't it look gorgeous on the shelf. I used to can everything "back in the day".
well I should be back to blogging more regularily now and will look forward to keeping better in touch with ya

Valerie said...

Now Connie, I have to come back and say please stop posting stuff like this! I keep coming back and reading it, just to gaze at the gorgeous bottle of peaches and the beautiful jelly! You are really making me want to do some bottling. Darn you!

KC said...

I LOVE the pink flowers in the background....It really adds to the pictures. And I'm being serious, not my normal sarcastic self! I'll have to remember this when I get me some peaches!

Anonymous said...

looks so yummy, I wanted to make some peach jam. But dealing with illness has taken alot of my energy with it. Next summer!

Chris said...

OOh, I would never have though to do that! Thanks so much for sharing, I will have to bookmark this post.

And thanks for entering my blog giveaway, good luck :)