Peach Conserve with Rum

"This was also posted as a request on the boards. I haven't tried it yet, but plan to when our young peach tree starts producing in the next year or two. I think this would work with or without the rum. Cook time includes processing time only."
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Ready In:
2 pints


  • 3 tablespoons orange rind, slivered
  • 23 cup orange pulp, chopped and seeded (about 1 medium)
  • 12 cup light rum
  • 2 cups peaches, peeled,pitted and chopped (about 3 large)
  • 34 cup pineapple, crushed
  • 14 - 12 cup maraschino cherry, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 6 12 cups sugar
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon ginger
  • 14 teaspoon mace


  • Combine orange peel and pulp with just enough water to cover in a small saucepan.
  • Cook until peel is tender; set aside.
  • Put opened container of rum in hot water; set aside.
  • Combine reserved orange mixture with peaches, pineapple, cherries and lime juice in a large saucepot.
  • Add sugar and spices, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  • Cook almost to gelling point.
  • As mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in hot rum.
  • Ladle hot conserve into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace.
  • Adjust two-piece caps.
  • Process 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
  • Remove from boiling-water.
  • Cover with a dry towel.
  • Allow to stand until caps seal and jars cool.

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  1. While looking for a new recipe, I noticed this one was identical to a recipe in one of my Ball Blue Book cookbooks. This recipe calls for 2 cups of cut up peaches, but my cookbook calls for 2 quarts! Quite a bit of a difference!
  2. This was the first time I had ever made conserves. Mine ended up being fruit syrup. I think the problem came at steps 6 and 7. A description of what is meant by the gelling point would be helpful. I'm still giving it 3 stars because it has a good flavor.


  1. Quantity of peaches!


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