I love peaches…totally!! The smell, the feel, the juicy-ness of them.Peach simple syrup is so awesome for flavoring kombucha, tea, and water kefir as well! As I was canning peaches recently, I held back the peels and pits to make some jelly and thought, “Why not just leave some as syrup?” And, peach simple syrup was “born”! It’s such a simple idea, I can’t figure out why I hadn’t done it before!
So, I did! Here’s how to make your own peach simple syrup.
Gather your fresh peaches, and rinse them off.
As you are peeling them for canning, save the peels and put into a large pot. Add equal amounts of water/sugar to cover. I used 20 cups of water, so I added 20 cups of sugar.
You can use white sugar, sucanat, or even coconut sugar for this recipe. However, for the amount I made, organic sugar cane was the best price for me. Bring to a boil, then allow to “steep” for about about 2-3 hours, while it completely cools. You don’t want to do the next step with boiling liquid. Trust me on this one.
Drain through a cheesecloth. Or jelly bag, if you have one.
Bring the syrup to a rolling boil, and place in clean jars. Water bath both pints and quarts for 25 minutes. Allow to cool, then wipe jars clean. As always, store in a cool dry place and use within a year. Any jars that didn’t seal will need to be used within a week, and stored in the fridge.
Viola! Peach simple syrup! To use, I add 1/2 cup syrup to 1/2 gallon of kombucha, or add 1/4 cup to 1 quart of kefir water. You can also use it on pancakes, in smoothies, or adding a couple tablespoons to hot or iced tea. As a matter of fact, with iced tea, there is no sugar to dissolve, and the flavor of the peaches really shines here!