Old Fashioned Spiced Peaches

spiced peaches

Old Fashioned Spiced Peaches is a retro recipe poised for a comeback. These easy classic Southern pickled peaches were always on our Thanksgiving table when I was growing up, and I think they’re one of the best ways to preserve summer peaches.

*This recipe is made with peaches generously donated by the Washington State Fruit Commission.

old fashioned spiced peaches in a canning jar

These spiced peaches will add a vintage touch to your Thanksgiving menu

Spiced peaches remind me of my mom. We always had spiced peaches on our Thanksgiving table and she loved them. As kids I don’t think we gave them a second thought, I probably never even ate them, at least I have no memory of it. But you don’t need to taste these peaches to get a sense of their vivid flavor because the aroma is so evocative. As an adult, I find them irresistible.

ladling spiced peaches into jars - 2

I love this recipe for the end of summer when there are still loads of fabulous peaches around, but our thoughts are starting to turn to fall. These peach preserves are a nice way to marry the two seasons and to bring that end of summer produce to our holiday tables.

Spiced peaches make thoughtful (and unexpected) food gifts, too, so plan to can extra.

fresh peaches in a wooden bowl

What you’ll need for canning spiced peaches

  • peaches (choose ripe but still firm peaches for this recipe)
  • whole cinnamon sticks and cloves
  • apple cider vinegar
  • sugar
  • a water bath canner
  • canning jars (I use Weck jars)
old fashioned spiced peaches, in glass canning jars

Pro Tip: I don’t bother with the whole boiling water/ice bath process for peeling peaches, I find it’s much easier to peel them just like I do apples, with my serrated vegetable peeler. I’m guessing that vegetable peelers have gotten much better over time, but the myth that peaches are difficult to peel has stubbornly held on.

whole peaches studded with cloves

You can slice your peaches or you can actually leave them whole, which is a traditionally Southern way to do it. Stud the outside of the peaches with whole cloves, and proceed as directed. There’s nothing more luxurious than serving whole spiced peaches at your holiday table…people will definitely ooooh and aaaah.

A note about whole spices

Whole spices are great to have around during the holidays, they can be used in lots of festive recipes like mulled wine and mulled cider. I’ve used them in my spiced cocktail cherries, too. Buy them from stores like Cost Plus World Market, and you can always order them online.

I kept these spiced peaches simple and classic with just cinnamon and cloves, but there’s no reason you can’t add other spices if you like. Try cardamom, star anise, coriander, allspice, or even a vanilla bean.

a large jar of spiced peaches

When canned your peaches will last up to a year. You can also skip the canning and keep yours in the refrigerator for up to a month, provided the peaches stay immersed in the liquid.

How to use spiced peaches

  • The most popular way to use spiced peaches is at the holidays. Serve them like you do cranberry sauce, in a bowl on the table. They’ll make a deliciously colorful addition to the classic holiday dinner plate.
  • Spiced peaches are wonderful with baked ham, roast pork, or fried chicken.
  • Try them alongside Indian curries and biryani dishes.
  • Dice them and add to grain salads or even chicken salad.
  • Get adventurous and make an ice cream sundae with them!
spiced peaches
4.56 from 25 votes

Old Fashioned Spiced Peaches

Old Fashioned Spiced Peaches is a vintage preserve recipe poised for a comeback. These easy Southern pickled peaches were always on our Thanksgiving table.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 pints
Author Sue Moran


  • 3 lbs about 7 large peaches
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar 5% strength
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp whole cloves


  • Put the vinegar, sugar, water, and spices into a large non-reactive pan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil covered for 5 minutes, then uncover and boil a further 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile peel and slice your peaches.
  • Add the peaches to the pot and bring back to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.
  • Fill sterile jars with the peaches and liquid, leaving 1/2 inch free space at the top. Boil in a water bath canner for 5 minutes (pint jars) or 10 minutes (quart jars) Note: if you live above 1,000 feet altitude you will need longer boiling times, see this chart

Cook’s notes

Choose ripe but firm, blemish free peaches.  Discard any brown spots.
I like to peel my peaches with my serrated peeler, but if you prefer the boiling water/ice bath method, go for it.  Simply immerse your peaches into boiling water for 30-60 seconds and then plunge them into ice water.  The skins will slip off easily.
This recipe adapted from pickyourown.org
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
old fashioned spiced peaches in a canning jar

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  • Reply
    August 28, 2022 at 11:45 am

    5 stars
    I have been searching through my family photos so sure to see you there after reading through this collection of recipes. My Mom made everything here and yes you can do the spiced pears, she did. My parents had an old pear tree on their farm that produced pears so hard that was all that could be done with them, that or feed an occasional one to the horses. I would suggest using firm pears to prepare as the pears you find now may breakdown with too much cooking. We had pears and peaches on the table at Thanksgiving. Thanks for the memories and the recipes

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      August 28, 2022 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks so much Jan, love your memories!

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    Gaylene Cuthrell
    August 16, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Help…I overlooked places peaches in the syrup to cook that last 5 min…I cut and filled jars then ladled the syrup into jars. I’m super new to any canning. I recalled 25 min to water can on other recipes Soo what do I do for how long should I water bathed them. I’m so upset. I want them for long term storage.

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    Donna Mashburn
    August 11, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    5 stars
    Sue, I was so excited to see this recipe. You cannot find spiced peaches anymore in the stores. I made them today but I am not canning them. I am serving them at a birthday luncheon that was scheduled for Aug. 14th but we just had to reschedule it for Aug. 21st. If I put in the fridge will they be ok to serve then?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      August 12, 2022 at 8:42 am

      I’m sure they’ll last fine.

  • Reply
    Judy Bolick
    July 6, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Can you use ground cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      July 6, 2022 at 4:02 pm

      Yes, you’ll have to add it more or less to taste. It will be a lot stronger than the cinnamon stick.

  • Reply
    October 11, 2021 at 11:11 am

    How long should I wait until I enjoy these peaches

  • Reply
    August 9, 2021 at 11:23 am

    My husband has been asking for spiced peaches. Can I do it with canned peaches from the store.?

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    Dane A Anderson
    August 18, 2020 at 6:42 am

    My grandmother did not slice peaches but jarred them whole. Is that a problem with this recipe?

    • Reply
      August 18, 2020 at 6:45 am

      You can do that, for sure.

  • Reply
    Leah Dickens
    August 12, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Could you use a Splenda or Truvia in place of the sugar?

    • Reply
      August 12, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      Yes, for sure.

  • Reply
    Della Basset
    August 3, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    5 stars
    Super Fabulous, can’t believe my southern grandmother and aunt didn’t raise us on this recipe .

    • Reply
      August 3, 2020 at 6:58 pm

      Sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands 😉

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