Oh and question #2: spice amounts?
I also have about 4.5 lbs of peaches and an equal amount of nectarines I'm wanting to can as sliced. My husband LOVES anise flavoring (loves loves!! Crazy guy.. *lol* ) and I'd like to do the peaches up with a mix of anise seed/ginger/...?
I've thought of adding vanilla to help mellow it out, or other things, but my biggest worry is... how much anise seed or ginger would be suggested for this amount of peaches? I can adjust ratios just fine, but all the recipes I've found take star anise, which I don't have. (and I've not found very exact measurements for ginger additions.) I DO have a large quantity of anise seed to use up, I'm not sure how to gauge how much of it to substutite for the star anise, and I'm not finding luck with Mr. Google. :)
(Me, I'm fine with my plain 'ol peaches when I'm in the mood, but this should be a small batch and I'd like to do something more suited to his tastes for a treat...)
Thanks so much!!! :)