What you will need:
Canning Jars , lids and rings
Canning Supplies (canner, jar lifter)
Good Ripe Peaches
I buy peaches every year either a 1/2 of a full bushel.
You 1st need to make s simple syrup. 2 parts water to 1 part sugar. If too sweet, you can do 3 parts water to 1 part sugar. Depends on how sweet of a syrup you would like your peaches to have.
So I make up about 7 cups of water and around 2-21/2 cups of sugar.
Get a pot of water on to boil. Drop in around 5 peaches at a time. Blanch them for approx 20 seconds. Then remove. Once you remove the hot peaches, put them into an ICE bath. I just used a large bowl full of ice/water.
Your peels should just peel right off as seen in the photo below. If they do not you will need to use a knife to remove. Peel off all the skin, and remove the pit. Save peels/pits if you would like to make jelly (see our other post on peach jelly). In your jar place approx 1 cup of liquid into your canning jar. Then start to cut your peaches up into 1/4 slices. Fill the jar with peaches then top the rest of the jar off with more simple syrup. Add your lid and ring. *BE SURE THE EDGE OF THE JAR IS NOT DIRTY* If you get syrup on the top of the jar, simply wipe it clean. If you have sugar/peach it could contaminate your jar later and not seal properly. I use a funnel to put my syrup and peaches in to help prevent that.
Once you get all your peaches into jars, with syrup and lids. You need to process them. My canner will hold 7 jars at a time. Put them into the canner with water. (NOT HOT) And fill it till it is around 1 inch over the top of your jars. Put the lid on it. I put it on HIGH, and let it start to boil. Once it comes to a rolling boil, I process it for 10 minutes. So once the water boils, start the clock 10 minutes. Then at the 10 minute mark, use your jar lifter and remove. To process the other jars you may have. Start all over again with COOL water. You will crack the glass and have a mess.
As your jars cool, you will hear pops of the lids.
You may get spillage in the boiling process. If some leaked out do not panic. Just wipe down your jars from the syrup that got in the water. Your peaches will float to the top and the syrup will now look like an amber color.
They are sooo yum to eat. My family loves canned fresh peaches!!
Please use the correct canning equipment to do this. If you do not have a jar lifter – PLEASE BE CAREFUL. The jars are very hot, slippery and you do not want to drop one.
It really is a pretty simple process. If you have your table all set up then it will go by very quickly.
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