Canning Peaches

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Canning Peaches

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.

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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.

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Clean and wash up your peaches.

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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.

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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.

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If you’ve kept them in the hot water and cold water long enough, the skins should peel off easily.

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Slice the peaches.

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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.

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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.

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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.

If you have some riper peaches you might want to consider making Peach Cantaloupe Butter or Pear Sauce!

Some other great easy canning recipes you can try are Canning ApplesauceCanning Pears, and Canning Salsa!

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!

I recommend a Presto Pressure Canner and the book Putting Food By for all your canning projects!

Have you ever tried canning peaches?


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  1. This is just the way we did it when i was growing up, only we used sooo much more sugar in the syrup!! I am trying to use less sugar now that we are eating healthier. Have you ever tried just adding pineapple juice to the jar of peaches? I did it one year and the family really loved it!

  2. My husband and I canned peaches yesterday. I used the ball book one of the things that I wasn’t doing that they had in the instructions is after the processing time is up you leave the jars in the hot water bath for 5 min.. This helps to eliminate the juice from frothing over. I’ve had a problem with this in the past that extra 5 min. was a huge help.

  3. I canned with beet sugar. That is what they use in lieu of cane sugar in Germany. I think I will try your syrup. Thanks

  4. I like the simple presentations you make with your articles, the close-up pictures, and the tips, i.e., the olive oil candle in the half pint jars, and the peach canning recipe. I’m going to try both of these! Thanks!

    1. You could but they would turn out mushy and it wouldn’t be worth the extra time. Water bath canning works just fine for peaches since they are a higher acidity level.

  5. I read that you had to start out with cold water in the water bath then wait till it boiled to start timing. Is this true or can I add jars with hot syrup to boiling water bath

    1. Yes, as long as the jars already have warm syrup in them it’s ok to add them to an already warm bath. You just wouldn’t want to add cold jars to a warm bath so they don’t crack on you. 🙂

  6. The peaches are cheap this week, and there’s a special on Mason Jars!! Seems like the right time to do this…although i have diabetes and canned peaches are so sweet….Could i use an alternative??

  7. How do you keep the peaches from turning dark in color after they sit for several months. should they be soft or firm

    1. I haven’t had much trouble with peaches turning colors after canned…do you put sugar in them? Canned peaches are the same texture as cooked peaches, they are soft but not mushy.

      1. Thank you, I use a simple syrup, They seem to be darker toward the top of jar. I followed the ball book recipe

  8. How many quarts does the recipe make? I know you mentioned 2 or 3 lbs. per quart, but didn’t know the final quart count. Thanks!

    1. It will depend on how many pounds of peaches you start out with. Depending on how you pack your jars you may have some syrup left over but I just store the leftovers in the fridge for the next batch.

  9. I dint do a syrup on my peaches. I cut directly into jars packing as full as possible with damaging fruit. I add 1/2 cup of sugar directly into jar shaking it down in. Then fill jar to 1/2 inch head space with boiling water place lids and rings and process in my canner as recommended

  10. I am diabetic, so, no sugar/syrup for me. I saw someone mentioning using honey to sweeten the peaches. I use raw honey often. If possible, I’d like to know exactly how much honey is added to each quart jar, please.