How to Can Peaches with a Boiling Water Canner; A step by step guide to preserve your fresh, heathy harvest all year.
Sometimes the thought of canning is overwhelming; scary even. It does take time but oh, it is time so well spent! I am so happy I learned how to can peaches with a boiling water canner.
The satisfaction of looking at (not to mention eating–well, I guess I did mention it! :)) the fresh fruits, vegetables, broth, soups, sauces, salsa, jams (and any other good stuff) that YOU preserved is huge!
A pressure canner can also be used and needs “only” 10 minutes of processing but when you count heating up and cooling down, it is far more than the 20-25 minutes it will take to can them in boiling water.
See also How to Can Green Beans and How to Can Chicken or Beef Broth.
How many peaches?
33 medium peaches=9.5 pounds
27 medium peaches=8 pounds (perfect for 9 pints/1 canner)
16 medium peaches=5 pounds
For 9 pints/1 canner 6 cups water + ¾ cups sugar=very very light syrup
Plain water can be used but most want some type of syrup. There are plenty of options to get just the right amount of sweetness that you like.
I took these measurements from my Presto canning booklet. They included down to very light syrup and I added very, very light syrup.
Even very light syrup is hummingbird food! That is too sweet for us. We think the very very light syrup is just right.
Heavy syrup=4 ¾ cups sugar+4 cups water
Medium syrup=3 cups sugar+4 cups water
Light syrup=2 cups sugar+4 cups water
Very light syrup=1 cup sugar + 4 cups water
Very, very light syrup=1/2 cup sugar + 4 cups water
So this is how to can peaches with a boiling water canner!
Directions: Getting ready
Dip peaches in boiling water for 1 minute, then into cold water to loosen skins. (Gently! You don’t want to bruise them.) This step makes the skins slide right off. See the clip below for the easiest way to cut them. They are slippery!
Peel and cut peaches into halves, quarters or slices; whatever you want.
Pack peaches, cut side down, in clean, hot jars. Leave ½ inch of head space.
Cover with boiling syrup or water, again leaving ½ inch of head space.
Run a plastic knife around the edges of the jar to release any air bubbles.
Wipe rims with a clean, damp rag to be sure there is nothing to keep it from sealing.
Heat lids in hot water.
Put on lids and rings.
Directions for canning:
When adding jars to canner, always put them in slowly and carefully and keep them balanced so the rack does not tip. Don’t put them in next to each other to start. Put in one at 12:00, then one at 6:00, one at 3:00 and then 9:00, etc.
Let them sit just a few minutes before lowering into the boiling water so they can adjust. Be sure the water is covering the jars by at least an inch when the rack is placed down in the water.
Process pints for 20 minutes or quarts for 25 minutes in boiling water canner. At the end of the time, lift the rack back up to where it started and let them sit just a few minutes again. You will hear the popping of the sealed jars any time! That is the sign of success!
Carefully lift each jar out to sit on a towel with at least an inch between them to cool properly. Leave them undisturbed for at least several hours. I always leave them at least until the next day because I love to look at them 🙂
They can also be pressure canned at 5 pounds of pressure for 10 minutes in pressure canner (pints or quarts).
Now you know how to can peaches with a boiling water canner or a pressure canner!
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