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Home Canning Peaches

Home canning peaches takes a little bit of time and they taste great.
They taste so much better than store bought and still have all the vitamins. Canned peaches have been a favorite of many people from the time that canning was first introduced.

To get started home canning peaches, you will need fresh, firm peaches not over ripe, a large bowl, jars, flats, rings, a small bowl, a
paring knife, table knife, tongs, a large pot or canner, sauce pan, a rack to place inside the pot or canner, a roll of paper towels, a timer and sugar.

Preparation For Home Canning Peaches

Pouring hot water into jars to keep them warm for home canning.
Filling home canning jars with hot water to keep the jars hot.

As with all home canning projects, jars should be washed and rinsed thoroughly, then fill a few at a time with hot or boiling water at least half way to the top of the jar. Jars need to remain hot until they are used. Flats should also be soaking in hot water in a small bowl until they are used. Flats are the flat disc part of the lid of the jar, should never be re-used. Always use new flats. The rings and jars can be used repeatedly.

Before home canning peaches, wash them, peel, pit and halve them. Place the halves in the large bowl. Peaches are hot packed into the jars. Which means the fruit is hot when placed in the jar.

You will need to prepare your medium simple syrup ahead of time. Combine 2c water and 1c of sugar, mix together in a large sauce pan and heat until sugar is dissolved. Boil the peaches 3 minutes in the sugar solution.

Place the rack in the pot or canner, the rack should be about half
an inch off the bottom of the pot or canner. Fill with enough boiling water so that the water level will be an inch over the top of the lid on the filled jars. The water should be near boiling when the jars of fruit go in the pot. Only prepare as many jars as will fit into your pot or canner at a time. The jars need to stay hot.

Home Canning Or Processing Peaches

Take a hot jar, pour out the water (or pour it into another jar, if it is
still hot), put the halves of peaches into the empty hot jar. Fill the jar until you have about two inches of “head” space above the fruit.  Then, pour in enough of the hot simple syrup to cover the fruit. Allow for an inch and a half of head space above the syrup and fruit.

After placing the peaches in the hot jar, run a clean table knife down the inside of the jar along the side in two or three places to gently remove any air bubbles that may have been trapped by the syrup.

Wipe the mouth of the jar with a wet clean paper towel. Use the tongs to remove a flat from the hot water in the small bowl. Place a hot flat on the top of the jar and then screw the ring on the top of the flat and jar until the ring is hand tight. Repeat until you have enough jars to fill your pot or canner.

Place the jars on the rack in the pot or canner, bring the water to a rolling boil and make sure that the water is an inch above the tops of the sealed jars. Start your time when the water is at a rolling boil. This should process or boil for about 20 minutes. This is called a hot water bath. Acidic fruit like pears, plums, peaches and tomatoes can be preserved in a hot water bath.

At 20 minutes, remove the jars of home canned peaches with the jar tongs and place them on a dry, heat resistant surface. Make sure not to place them on a surface that is covered in water, this will cause the jars to crack and shatter.

Storage Of Home Canned Peaches

After completely cooled, the home canned peaches can be labeled – best place to label is on the flat. The jars can then be moved to a cool, dark, dry place until needed such as a cool cabinet or root cellar.

Hints For Home Canning

Run a pot of clean water through the brew cycle of your coffee pot, you can use this always heated water to fill the jars and and pour over the flats.

If it will be some time before your peeled, pitted and halved peaches will be processed, you can drop them into a bowl of slightly salted water to keep them from turning brown.

You can also process peaches in a pressure cooker for approximately 10 minutes for pints and for quarts, after you pack them in
jars, put the flats and rings on –  ALWAYS follow the directions that come with your pressure cooker. The time here is approximate.

See our How To pages for more information on home canning and
food preservation.