Honey-Spiced Orange Slices
3 cinnamon sticks broken into pieces
1-1/2 tsp whole cloves
1-1/2 tsp whole allspice
2-1/2 lb oranges, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced, ends and seeds discarded (about 8 medium) **I used seedless "cuties" for my jars as they seem easier to slice thin and fit perfectly as rounds into each jar. Approx 8 cuties fit in each half pint.<---depending on size.
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
1-1/4 cups liquid honey
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
3 Half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands
Make a spice bag: place cinnamon pieces, clove & allspice into cheesecloth and set aside. *this is where I differ in my recipe - I place those spices directly into the pot of simmering orange slices when oranges are added to the sugar/honey mixture below...and when it comes time to 'jar' - I place a little of each spice divided up into each of the 3 jars. It makes for a prettier presentation and continues to flavor the oranges until ready to eat.
COMBINE oranges with water to cover in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently until peel is tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
COMBINE sugar, honey and lemon juice in a clean large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Add reserved spice bag and oranges. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently until orange slices are well glazed, about 40 minutes. Discard spice bag.
PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.
PACK hot oranges into hot jars, using a slotted spoon, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Ladle hot syrup into hot jar to cover oranges leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
PROCESS jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed
Recipe Adapted from: Ball Fresh Preserving "honey orange slices"
Photos by: Diane Baker for Canning and Cooking at Home