Peach Rum Sauce

A delicately flavoured, luscious sauce to serve over cake, ice cream or other fruit desserts. It turns ordinary desserts into memorable treats.


  • 6 cups (1500 ml) prepared peaches, about 10 medium or 2 ¾ lb (1.25 kg)
  • 2 cups (500 ml) lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups (500 ml) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) rum
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) grated lemon zest


  • Place 7 clean 250 or mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner; cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Heat SNAP LID® sealing discs in hot water, not boiling (180°F/82°C). Keep jars and sealing discs hot until ready to use.
  • Blanch, peel, pit and chop peaches. Measure 6 cups (1500 ml).
  • Combine peaches, brown and granulated sugars, rum and lemon zest in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil gently, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 20 minutes.
  • Ladle sauce into a hot jar to within 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more sauce. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre hot sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining sauce.
  • When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process –boil filled jars – 10 minutes.
  • When processing time is complete, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.
  • After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.