I found the most delicious peaches at the end of the season this year! Huge, giant peaches! So I bought 30 pounds and decided to add them to our pantry of deliciousness. I love canning fresh fruit that tastes amazing but its hard not to eat it all before it goes into the jars!! Here’s how to can your own peaches…
Quart Jars (sterilized)
Canner (for processing)
Large cooking pot (for blanching)
Small pot (for snap lids)
Jar lifter (optional)
Large pyrex mixing cup (for simple syrup)
Extra large bowl
Step 1: Prepare equipment. Be sure that all jars are clean and sterilized. Place snap lids in small pot and keep on medium heat. Fill medium pot half full with water and turn on to boil. Fill canner half full with water and turn on to boil. Fill pyrex mixing cup with simple syrup mixture (1 cup sugar, 2 cups water) stir and heat in the microwave for 5-10 minutes. Fill sink with cold water, add 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice.
Step 2: Prepare fruit. Place 3-4 peaches in the medium pot to blanche. Leave in boiling water (completely covered) for about 2 minutes. Remove and place fruit in cold water bath in the sink. Peel off the skin. Remove the core and cut into cubes. Place cut fruit into extra large bowl. Repeat until all fruit is prepared.
Step 3: Can fruit. Place jars on a cookie tray and fill with fruit. Pack the jars very full, drain excess water. Fill jars with sugar water until the fruit is covered completely. Use a butter knife to jostle the peaches in the jar and get out any air bubbles. Clean the rim of each jar with a damp paper towel. Use the tongues to remove snap lids from small pot and place lids on jars. Hand tighten rings over the snap lids. Place jars in the canner, be sure to have them completely covered in boiling water. Process for 30 minutes. Remove jars from canner with jar lifter and place on a towel on the counter to seal. Snap lids with “pop” and be indented when the cans have sealed. Once cooled, wash jars and store in a cool dark place.
30 pounds of peaches filled about 10 quart jars. Have fun and enjoy all winter long!