Anyone that buys produce seasonally knows that to get peaches you have about a 1 month window or less each year. We always us that time to find the best deal, stock up, and can peaches to have them fresh all winter long. Canning peaches is very similar to tomatoes when it comes to canning except peaches are canned in a simple syrup. I have heard of canning peaches in honey but the recipe below is the one that I've always used. It has the lightest amount of sugar possible and since I know I already added the sugar to the canned peaches I just add less (or none) in whatever dish I'm making with them. Check out the book Putting Food By for specific info on canning without sugars.
Please check with your local extension office for any changes on times/temps/high altitude.
Start by making a simple syrup. I use 14 cups of water to 2 1/2 c. of sugar. I use turbinado sugar instead of processed sugar. The color is a little different but the taste is not effected. Keep this syrup on low on the stove so it stays warm.
Clean and wash up your peaches.
Place the peaches in hot water (I run a half filled stockpot on medium while canning.) Leave them in the hot water for several minutes.
After you remove the peaches from the hot water, dip them into ice cold water. Leave them in the cold water for several minutes before you start peeling.
If you've kept them in the hot water and cold water long enough, the skins should peel off easily.
Slice the peaches.
And add to clean jars. (I like to run my jars through the dishwasher first since we store them outside in the garage.) Pack the jars as tightly as you can without squishing the peaches.
Add in the simple syrup to fill up the jars, leaving at least 1/2 inch headspace. Clean off the tops of the jars removing any water or syrup before you add the lids and rims. Make sure the rims are screwed on as tight as possible.
Process the jars in a hot water bath canner for 25 minutes. (Check Putting Food By for higher altitude conversions) Be careful not to disturb the jars while they are sealing after you remove them.
Make sure you check out all the free Canning and Preserving Recipes we have on Little House Living! And don't forget to check out The Canner's Cookbook, it has recipes on how to use all your home canned goods!
Have you ever tried canning peaches?
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