Canning peaches is one of my favorite things to do each summer so I thought I would go ahead and repost this handy dandy tutorial on how to can peaches for those of you who have never done it before, or just need a quick refresher course.
For this batch I used about 10 pounds of peaches and it netted me 12 pint jars.
All you really need are peaches, sugar, water and a little Fruit Fresh to prevent your peaches from browning.
The following is a recipe excerpt from the Complete Guide to Home Canning by the United States Department of Agriculture. I have added pictures and side notes for you. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comment section below.
PEACHES — HALVED OR SLICED
Quantity: An average of 17 1/2 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 11 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints. A bushel weighs 48 pounds and yields 16 to 24 quarts, which is an average of 2 1/2 pounds per quart.
Quality: Choose ripe, mature fruit of ideal quality for eating fresh or cooking.
Procedure: Dip fruit in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds until skins loosen. Dip quickly in cold water and slip off skins. Cut in half, remove pits and slice if desired. To prevent darkening, keep peeled fruit in ascorbic acid solution. Prepare and boil a very light, light, or medium syrup or pack peaches in water, apple juice, or white grape juice. Raw packs make poor quality peaches.
Sugar Syrup – 10 cups of water and 5 cups sugar. I bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes before packing my jars with fruit, and then pouring the syrup over the peaches.
Hot pack — In a large saucepan place drained fruit in syrup and bring to boil. Fill jars with hot fruit and cooking liquid, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Place halves in layers, cut side down.
Raw pack — Fill hot jars with raw fruit, cut side down, and add syrup, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel. Adjust lids and process.
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