earl gray peach preserves

Woahhhh….I finally feel like I’m resurfacing in the world!

I haven’t had the stomach flu for 10 years and….I won’t get into it. Let’s just say I’m more than a little glad my mom and dad were already scheduled to fly across the country to visit me. Now I’m sitting here sipping a cold ginger ale my feet propped up while my dad hangs all the pictures I’ve been too lazy to hang for the past eight months and I’m as happy as a little clam.

But back to these preserves! They are so, so good.

I actually found this recipe in an older issue of Bon Appetit and knew I had to make them as soon as possible. While I’m sorta clueless on sterilizing my own jars and such, I love the idea of canning and preserving. It’s very Laura Ingalls-eque, don’t you agree?

And the best part about these preserves is the addition of Earl Gray tea, my favorite black tea! It gives the preserves a slight floral taste, furthering the depth of flavor and making them absolutely addicting on anything from bagels to crackers to muffins.

So…while I’m attempting solid food again and soaking up every second with my folks, you should totally make this! It’s a fun way to keep summer going all year long.

Earl Gray Peach Preserves

makes 1 large jar

adapted from Bon Appetit

Print this recipe!


2 1/2 lbs fresh peaches

1 1/4 cup sugar

juice of 1 lemon

3 earl gray teabags


Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Drop peaches in and cook for 30 seconds. Remove with tongs and place on a paper towel-lined. When cool, peel peaches (peaches should peel very easily at this point) then slice into 1/4th inch slices.

Place peach slices in heavy bottomed pot and cover with sugar and lemon juice. Open up one bag of tea and sprinkle in the leaves. Add the other two tea bags whole. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 40 minutes until very thick.Remove teabags and either can preserves according to proper canning procedures (see here) or just ladle into tupperware and let cool.

Preserves will last in sterilized cans for a year…or in tupperware for about two weeks.


1 hour





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  • Clair
    August 25, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Wow, this looks so so good. I’ve also got to try my hand at real canning…I’d love to have homemade applesauce on hand.

    Feel better…I’m finishing up a bout of food poisoning, so I’m with you at heart! =)

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    August 25, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Dad’s. Are. The. Best!!

  • Khushboo
    August 25, 2011 at 4:53 am

    I LOVE earl gray..LOVE fruit preserves….and I’m pretty sure I’ll LOVE this 😀

  • Natasha (OveLoves)
    August 25, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Yum! This sounds delicious. And, agreed, there is nothing better than parent’s love when you’re feeling ill.


  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    August 25, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I’m glad you are feeling better. I’ve never made my own preserves, but I want to! Parents are the best 🙂

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
    August 25, 2011 at 5:04 am

    This look delicious! Love the addition of Earl Grey, I bet it tastes fabulous. Glad you’re starting to feel a bit better!

  • Baking N Books
    August 25, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Ah this reminds me of grandparents house. The picture looks great.

    Just a thought – have you considered having your links (i.e when you linked to the Zucchini muffins) pop up in another window from the post? Not a big deal! Just takes a while for browsers to go back and forth (for those of us – a.k.a me – with slow ones). 😉

    • Kelly
      August 27, 2011 at 12:53 am

      You can right click on the link and click open a new window/tab 🙂

  • Victoria @ The First Day
    August 25, 2011 at 5:15 am

    This looks SOOO yummy! Earl Grey is also my favorite tea, I can’t wait to get some peaches at the market and give this a try. Do you think that you would be able to freezer them, like freezer jam? I make a ton of different freezer preserves.
    Thanks For Sharing!

  • Corey @ Learning Patience
    August 25, 2011 at 5:16 am

    This looks easy and delicious…. YUM!

    xoxo from Trinidad

  • Cait's Plate
    August 25, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Mmm. However do you come up with such genius things?! I love this.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    August 25, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Sounds yummy! I also know nothing about canning and making my own preserves, but the instructions seem simple enough!

  • Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    August 25, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Mmm tea, peaches and jelly all in one!? YAS

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    August 25, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Boo! feel better girl, being sick stinks! Glad your parents are there to take care of cha. Great recipe as usual, the Earl Grey is an interesting add 🙂

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    August 25, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Jenna this looks and sounds wonderful!

    I love jams and chutneys and preserves…and wow with peaches AND the tea. Lovely.

    Because I never measure things in “pounds” of produce, would you say that 2.5 lbs is about a half dozen peaches, give or take? More, less? Obviously this isn’t an exact science but any guesstimates?

    I have 4 really ripe peaches on my countertop…that are calling for this recipe 🙂

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    August 25, 2011 at 5:50 am

    This is genius. I always want to can and this looks like an easy recipe!

  • Dee
    August 25, 2011 at 5:54 am

    YUM! Glad you are feeling better!

  • Amy
    August 25, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Um, YUM!!! Now I want toast/bagel with preserves. These preserves. I might just have to make this.

  • Erika @ The Teenage Taste
    August 25, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Glad you are feeling better, Jenna! The stomach flu is the worst! 😕

  • katie @KatieDid
    August 25, 2011 at 6:28 am

    haha I love the idea of canning too. Along with making my own butter (I’ve done that!), and washing clothes by hand (done that too!), it brings me back to my roots a little more. Canning has always intimidated me so much though!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    August 25, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Oh my goodness that sounds divine.

  • Bev Weidner
    August 25, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Glad you’re feeling better!

    And um, YES. Those preserves need to be traveling down into my belly.

  • E
    August 25, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Ehhhh to the stomach flu! I hardly ever get it either (I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve thrown up in my life!) and usually get a respiratory virus instead. So, the last time my mom had the stomach flu, I told her how glad I was I don’t get it. Big surprise when the next day I got it and was sick with it for 5 days (and we had to cancel Thanksgiving!)…

  • Amanda
    August 25, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I love Earl Gray! I make shortbread cookies with them (but HELLO caffeine, the first time I made them I ate a whole bunch and couldn’t sleep all night).

  • Kat @ Big Apple Little Kitchen
    August 25, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Yum! This seems so simple. No excuse not to try preserving anymore!

  • Kathryn
    August 25, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Fabulous combination of flavours!

    Glad you’re feeling a bit better and that your parents were there to look after you 🙂

  • Mallory
    August 25, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Glad to hear you are feeling better! I love jam on crackers and this would be scrumptious on a few saltines. Yum! Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    August 25, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Early grey is my favorite tea too. Have you ever tried Lady Grey? It’s a little more subtle than Earl himself but still delicious. 😉

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    August 25, 2011 at 7:34 am

    What a creative recipe!!

    So glad you are feeling better 🙂

  • Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition
    August 25, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I have never made my own preserves before but now I might have to! Thanks!

  • Jen
    August 25, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Love Earl Gray. Love peaches. LOVE cream cheese and jam together. Too bad I’m probably never going to make this. As easy as it sounds, I can’t see myself boiling that many peaches and then peeling them. I think you should just send me a jar! 🙂

    • Baking N Books
      August 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      Lol – too trueIt looks so perfect, but I can’t see me with that many peaches first of all! But y’know, I should just do it anyways – I could pleasantly surprise myself with something new 🙂

  • Ashley
    August 25, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I hope you feel better soon!

  • Julie
    August 25, 2011 at 7:53 am

    So glad you are feeling better! I was planning on making peach butter tonight, but maybe it will be peach preserves instead!

  • French Heart
    August 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Love tea & peaches…what an idea to put together!

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    August 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

    First, I hope you are feeling better. I have been hearing many a tale of the stomach flue of late (from Michigan to California)…so it must be circulating across the whole country.

    Second, this looks brilliant. Peaches and Earl Grey. Two of my favorite things. I will have to give it a whirl…hopefully the stone fruit will be more abundant next year than this season.

  • Rachel @ the Avid Appetite
    August 25, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I would never think to add tea to preserves! Such a fun, glam twist.

  • Kelly
    August 25, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I am so excited to make this! Earl Gray is my absolute favourite tea so I have a feeling I will love it!

  • Heather
    August 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I could eat these preserves all day long…they look heavenly!

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas
    August 25, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I just had earl gray for the first time last night! Y to the U to the M!

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    August 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Wow.. these look and sound so good! I love the idea of canning but the process of sterilizing/steaming jars does kind of scare me. mayyybe i’ll try this recipe first since it doesn’t seem overly challenging lol

  • Emilie
    August 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I just love storing preserves (especially peach and apricot) in Ball jars! They are so retro and cute. Thanks for the post.

  • Heather
    August 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Looks delicious! I’m going to try this, always thought it would be difficult to make preserves, but it seems pretty user friendly!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    August 25, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Sounds delicious!!

  • megan
    August 25, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Wow I have all these ingredients!! Earl Gray is by far my favorite tea!!!



  • Amanda Lynch
    August 25, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I just canned peaches this last weekend and have some left over!! I am so trying this!! It looks absolutely fantastic! I hope you get to feeling better and enjoy all the time with your parents!!

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed
    August 25, 2011 at 11:59 am

    oh dear gawd. oh dear gawd. i need. I need this with goat cheese on a bagel.

  • Leslie Means
    August 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Love this idea – looks tasty! My mother has SO many delicious canning recipes. My parents have a huge garden on their Nebraska farm – and I’m trying to learn how to can as well. I am planning on picking raspberry’s at a local farm this weekend. Do you have any good recipes for raspberry jam?

  • Maria
    August 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I am so in love with peaches right now. This would be great on whole wheat toast!

  • Kathleen
    August 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Oh…. I’ve never made any kind of preserves before. But if I did, that’s pretty much exactly how I’d eat it. Wholewheat bagels smothered in cream cheese and preserves. With a hot tea on the side. 🙂

  • Moni'sMeals
    August 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    this is really great and sounds so refreshing!

    Bummer about the stomache bug, feel better!

  • Christine @ The Pantry Drawer
    August 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    i definitely will! this sounds like an amazing and unexpected pairing!

  • Ingrid
    August 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    sounds SO good. makes me wanna give canning a whirl.

  • Jenny @ Train for Wellness
    August 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Earl gray tea smells and tastes like Fruit Loops to me. Weird? Yes. Tasty? Absolutely!

  • Danielle
    August 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    You are amazing! I’m so going to do this while husband is out of town. I’ll do the sterilized jar deal and hide the results until his birthday in October. He loves peaches and earl grey tea!

  • Amanda
    August 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Ooh! I love the sound of this as it combines two of my favorite things. I have zero experience with canning, but this might be motivation to try it!

  • Kristin
    August 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    You used to post videos every once in a while and haven’t in quite a bit! Do it, do it!! 🙂

  • luxsie
    August 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    peaches are delicious! i’ve loved your website from the start jenna. you always have great posts! =)

  • Em
    August 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I MADE THIS tonight! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    It turned out great!

  • Kay
    August 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I bet this tastes even better with your parents around! 🙂 So happy you are together! Say hello to them for me!

  • Laura Hobbs
    August 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Doting parents and delicious preserves?! I think you died and went to heaven.

    No, wait. I don’t think stomach flu exists in heaven.

    Looks delish!

  • Kelsey @ aslolife
    August 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    looks ridiculously amazing!!

  • Katrina
    August 25, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    This sounds so yummy!

  • Marie
    August 26, 2011 at 2:50 am

    I made these last night 🙂 But, shhhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone…I used canned peaches!! Didn’t feel like leaving the house, and those two cans of peaches were dying to be used for something. And guess what? They turned out great! My hubby made 2 pb&j’s with the peach preserves and begged me to make more soon!

  • Catherine
    August 27, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I’ve just made this recipe and the result is so…..delllliiicious !! Thanks for sharing this !! 😀

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    August 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Love preserves. And love this clever tea inclusion! Sweet.

  • Andrea
    August 28, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I made this friday morning and it was fabulous. I used some peaches that I got at the farmers market that weren’t too sweet (weird) and this was the perfect use for them! So good and so yummy!

  • Andrea
    August 28, 2011 at 5:02 am

    What a cool idea! Beautiful color, too.

  • Elizabeth @ Coppertop Kitchen
    August 29, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I made this last week, too! Sooo delicious. But… it’s not in an old issue of BA. It’s in last month’s. 😉

  • Kylee
    September 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Totally made it. Totally blogged it. Totally loved it.

  • Danielle
    December 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I made 4 batches of this in October. Wanted to say that this recipe turned out to be so versatile. I made the recipe as written. Then I altered it to make plain peach preserves (omit tea), vanilla peach preserves (omit tea/add vanilla extract), and spiced peach preserves (omit tea/add allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg).

    I properly canned them (a first time experience!) and as of right now we’re working on the plain version. All that remains is the spiced preserves and I plan to open that jar around New Year’s 🙂 All variations have turned out amazing and it was a very enjoyable first experience with making preserves and canning.

    Thanks for such a simple and flexible recipe with wonderful results!