Does anything beat picking a peach fresh off the tree and eating it right there? Home canning peaches enables you to have that fresh taste year round.
Peaches may be processed in a water bath canner.
Gather your canning supplies
Prepare light or medium syrup. I prefer light syrup. Simply heat water and sweetener in a sauce pan until sugar dissolves.
You can also make a syrup with honey if you don't want to use processed sugar. Honey is quickly becoming my favorite alternative to sugar. Our family is on a mission to cut lots and lots of white sugar out of our kitchen!
Did you know? You don't even have to add any sugar if you don't want to. You can just can in water. Sugar does help the fruit to maintain color and texture, but it is not a preservative in this case.
Start by preparing jars,and get water in your canner heating.
(see Water Bath Canning for full directions)
Prepare light or medium syrup. I prefer a light syrup for canning peaches. Simply heat water and syrup in a pot until sugar dissolves. I like to do this right in a tea pot.
Peel your peaches
Slice the peaches in half and throw away the pit. You'll notice a 'seam' down one side of your peach. If you slice around the diameter of the peach following this line you will be able to pluck the pit right out.
I like to can peaches in halves but you may also cut smaller if you wish. Pack peach halves with cavity side down. They pack better and you will fit more in a jar. If you have wide mouth jars it makes it easier to place the peaches in the bottom of the jar cavity side down.
To prevent browning of peaches you will want to slice the peaches and cover quickly with syrup. Another way to prevent browning is to treat with ascorbic or citric acid. This should be available in the canning sections at the grocery store or the hardware store. Follow the instructions on the package.
When canning peaches you can either raw or hot pack. It is up to you. The difference is the number of peaches you can fit in the jar and possible space in the jar.
IF you hot pack (heat the peaches before packing your jars) you will be able to fit more into the jar. If you raw pack, it is just a quicker way to get the food packed and preserved. Your choice!
Wipe the rims clean, remove any air bubbles and place your lids.
For more details follow water bath canning instructions.
If you hot pack: Process pints 20 minutes, quarts 25 minutes
If you raw pack: Process pints 25 minutes and quarts 30 minutes.
Don't forget to adjust for Altitude.
|Altitude Adjustments for Boiling Water Bath Canner|
|Altitude in Feet||Increase processing time|
Source for tested canning instruction: http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_02/peach_sliced.html