After picking some ripe peaches, we sorted them out into two piles. The perfect ones got put in a pretty bowl on the counter. The not so perfect ones - the ones the birds took one bite out of - filled up a colander. These were the ones destined for the peach butter.
Usually recipes for peach butter have you boil and peel the peaches, cut them up and sieve them. That is VERY messy and time consuming. We simply pitted the peaches cutting out any bad spots or bird pecks, and blended them skin and all (in a Vita Mix.)
When they were nice and thick we jarred them up and boiled them in a water bath for 15 minutes. We ended up with four full pints and one almost full pint. The almost full one did not get processed because it will soon be eaten all up!
The peach butter was a success. Next batch I will make without any spice as I read that you get a better peachy flavor that way, but I love these spiced ones too.
What do you do with excess peaches?