Friday, September 21, 2012

Canning Peaches

Peaches are probably one of the easiest things to can. Canning can be intimidating. Peaches are the perfect thing to start with. There is minimal equipment and it's pretty easy. Go read my canning tips before starting.

First let's talk about buying peaches. Our tree produced way more than we thought for it's first year so I didn't buy them this year. YAY! Usually I'll get them from the farmer's market. I always ask if they have slip skins and a freestone pit. The ladies that sell them are always very nice and helpful.  There are tons of varieties. My mom always bought lemon elberta's. But they are hard to find now. So just ask for a good canning peach.

How to Can Peaches

Start by filling a pot with water and bringing it to a boil. Add your peaches for 30-60 seconds. Immediately remove and run cold water over them.  The reason for this is that it loosens the skins so they slide right off. This is why you want a slip skin and freestone pit. If you don't have that kind then it will be a lot more work.

I usually cut them in half, remove the pit and then the skins.

There are two ways to can them, either halved or sliced. My mom always halves them. My mother-in-law slices them. I do whatever I feel like at the moment. If they are sliced then they are ready for peach cobbler, so that's the way I went this time.

To prevent browning, place 1 T. salt and 1 T. vinegar in a bowl filled with water.

Then place the peaches in the water as you peel them. Don't worry, you won't taste the salt or vinegar. This is an extra step that I think is totally worth it. The peaches stay so nice looking even a year later. If you skip this step, the peaches will still be edible, but they won't look as appetizing, especially over time.

Now it's time to get your jars ready. This was a job we did as kids. And now my kids do it.
Place 1/4 c. sugar in each bottle.

Now fill the jars up a little ways with hot water, to help dissolve the sugar.  I don't measure, just about the bottom 1/4 of the jar.

Next add your peaches, and fill to 1/2 inch from the top with water. Place in waterbath canner and process 20 minutes for pints, 25 minutes for quarts, adjusting for altitude.

Check out my peach recipes:
Fruit Pizza
Peach Tart
Peach Cobbler


  1. Thanks for this simple tutorial! Canning is so intimidating for me but I LOVE peach cobbler and would love to have it year round with the yummy fresh peaches we pick from the orchards.

  2. What a great tutorial. We used to can peaches when we were younger and I can't wait to do it again! We'd love for you to share this at our party!