To me peaches in the frozen section of my grocery store NEVER yield the same taste as seasonally canned peaches. Canning peaches is relatively easy! I thought I would do a short blog post on my adventure last week. You kinda have to view it as an adventure because when you have been on your feet all day long and you are pulling the last canner off at 11:45 p.m., your body is screaming sleep the only way I can reconcile it in my mind…is an adventure!
I let these bad boys ripen on the floor of my basement. They came to me a bit hard but ripened up beautifully, it took a couple of days for them to get soft and delicious. I like to place them in warm water for peeling, it seems they peel easier with warm water. I rinse my canning jars out and start filling. This year I sweetened with 1/32 tsp of pure stevia, donked it into the jar and filled with cold water vs making a simple syrup to pour over them.
Box of canning peaches
Sweetener of your choice, I used pure stevia
Wash peaches in warm water, fill jars. You can fill your jars with peach halves, sliced peaches or diced peaches, it doesn’t matter how you cut them to can just don’t over fill your jars. I had 2 jars that didn’t seal because I had filled them too full. It’s fine because I just refrigerated them and we have used the 1 quart on baked oatmeal this week. I donked my 1/32 tsp of stevia into the jar and filled with tap water. I leave a good 1″ of head space, aka no water on the top. If you are making a simple syrup you can cook 1 cup of sugar to 6 cups of water on the stove, once the sugar is dissolved pour over your full peach jars. Never put a jar into your canner without liquid, it will explode in your canner.
Wipe the top of the jar off with a warm wash rag. I put my lids in a little kettle of water and bring them to a boil. Take them off the stove, drain water and place on top of jar. Them secure the ring over top of your lid, tightly. Place the jar in the canner. Once your canner is full, fill it with water to the top of the necks, drop your jars all the way to the bottom of the canner. Turn on high, once boiling set your timer for 8 minutes after the 8 minutes turn burner off, lift jars up with the device that is in your canner. I put an old towel out and place my hot jars on the towel and wait for that magical ‘popping’ sound. It is like music to my ears!
I don’t move them or touch them until they are fully cooled. The next morning I am always running my finger on top of the lid to make sure they are all sealed. You will know if one did not because that center bubble will give, even if it stays down after you touched it, it has not sealed. You will want to refrigerate that jar because of you put it on your basement shelf, the peaches will spoil. If run your finger over all the lids and they are all smooth on top you have just canned a perfect batch of peaches!