Nana's Southern Pickled Peaches


Pickled peaches are an old Southern favorite. Great on picnics with cucumber sandwiches or at Sunday supper.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
13 hrs 15 mins
5 quarts


  • 4 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves

  • 4 pounds fresh clingstone peaches, blanched and peeled

  • 5 (3-inch long) cinnamon sticks


  1. Inspect five quart-sized jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water until peaches are ready. Wash new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.

  2. At the same time, bring sugar, vinegar, and water to a boil in a large pot. Boil until syrupy, about 5 minutes.

  3. Press one to two cloves into each peach. Place peaches into boiling syrup and boil until tender, about 20 minutes.

  4. Spoon peaches into hot, sterilized jars, and top with liquid, filling to within 1/2 inch of the rim. Insert one cinnamon stick into each jar. Wipe the rims with a clean dry cloth, then seal with lids and rings.

  5. Place a rack into the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars 2 inches apart into the boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water to cover jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil, cover, and process for 10 minutes to seal, or consult times recommended by your local extension.

  6. Remove the jars from the stockpot and let rest, several inches apart, for 12 to 24 hours. Press the center of each lid with a finger to ensure the lid does not move up or down. Remove the rings for storage and store in a cool, dark area.

    close up view of Pickled Peaches in a jar next to a fresh peach

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of pickling liquid. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

88 Calories
23g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 88
% Daily Value *
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 14mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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