Canning Fruit

with Sharon Peterson

Canning Fruit is the perfect place for beginners to learn how to can food at home. Save money and fill your shelves with delicious and healthy fruit that is shelf-stable, all at

Canning fruit is the easiest and possibly most rewarding way to begin learning how to home can. Since fruit is an acid food you will be water bath canning. Water bath canning is the best way to get started in home canning your own foods.

This page is a listing of methods of canning fruit. For making jams, jellies and other sweet spreads go to my Jam or Jelly Page.

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Canned Fruit Recipes


Canning apricots is easier than peaches... no peeling if you raw pack. (sometimes called cold pack)

Click here to learn how to can apricots.


Jona-Gold apples are what we use for canning but many varieties are also good! 

Click here to learn how to can apples.

Apple Butter

Home canned apple butter slathered on lightly toasted and buttered fresh bread. Add a cup of tea or decaf coffee. A favorite bedtime snack for me!

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Apple Pie Filling

Do you love apple pie, but never take the time to prepare it? I'll bet if you have the filling all ready and waiting on your pantry shelf, you'll have apple pie more than just at Thanksgiving!

Click here to learn how to can apple pie filling!


What kind of apples makes the best applesauce? Maybe you like extra sweet or extra tart. We love Jona-Gold apples. Especially when canning applesauce. No sugar needed!

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Blackberries, blueberries, currants, dewberries, elderberries, gooseberries, huckleberries, loganberries, mulberries, raspberries.

Click here to learn about canning berries.


Canning cherries in a light syrup makes it easy to create desserts of your choice later. I like simplicity!

Click here to learn how to can cherries.

Cherry Pie Filling

Sweet or Sour Cherry Pie Filling is a taste of summer year round!

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Guava Fruit

Guava is really very healthy for you. For those of you who have easy access to it here are directions for canning guava.

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I don't know if anything beats picking a peach fresh off the tree and eating it right there. Canning enables you to have that fresh taste year round!

Click here to learn how to can peaches.

Peach Pie Filling

Peach Pie recipes can be adapted by adding a hint of cinnamon or a dash of almond extract. Or leave the seasonings out for an easy traditional dessert.

Click here to learn how to can peach pie filling.


Canned pears is another fruit that we love love love. Home canning provides fruit that is so much healthier and less expensive than store bought fruit.

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Asian Pears

I was asked about canning Asian pears. Since I am not familiar with this type of fruit I did a little research. Asian pears need to be acidified before canning. 

Click here to learn more about canning asian pears.

Clear Jel vs Flour or Cornstarch

Clear Jel is the go-to for thickeners. Ditch the flour and cornstarch!

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The use of Clear Jel is something I highly recommend for jams and jellies! Click here to read more.

Canning with Splenda is something I get a lot of questions about. Click here to learn more!

Need to use a sugar substitute? Check out Canning with Splenda

Apples, peaches, apricots, cherries, pears..... MMmmmm what do these all have in common?

Tasty? yes.
Fruity? yes.
Grows on trees? yes.
Seasonal? Unfortunately, yes. That fresh picked taste lasts as long as the season.

Unless you are lucky enough to have a strawberry patch or a peach or apple tree in your yard to harvest from, you will most likely need to get fresh fruit at a locally owned orchard, fruit stand or farmers market.

I do not recommend getting fruit for canning from a mega-market. Who knows when it was picked or who has handled it. Often much of it has been waxed to get that shiny appearance. The quality of fresh produce is superior in EVERY way.

If the mega market is all you have then by all means go there. But most places will have farmers markets and fruit stands. Even in the city. Ask around, I'll bet you'll find some.

See the bottom of this page for a list of frequently asked questions.

Questions regarding canning fruit from my inbox:

Question: My local store has #10 cans of fruit.  My question is: can I waterbath fruit already canned.   How long do I waterbath for a seal.

Answer: Michael,  for safety reasons yes, you can re-can the fruit again.  In order to ensure the food in your jar is sterilized you need to process for the same time as if it was fresh.... for this reason I think you'll be disappointed in the end product.  Depending on the fruit it will probably be mushy and over cooked.  

For something like applesauce it might be fine though.  It just depends on the fruit. Freezing in smaller portions might be a better option.

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