There’s nothing quite like a can of peaches you’ve made yourself. Peaches in a can from the grocery store are often loaded with preservatives and sugars, and may even contain artificial flavoring. Peaches that are canned at home have an amazing amount of flavor, and it’s easier than you might think to learn how to can peaches. Follow these easy steps to can your own peaches at home.
1. Gather the following items:
- 5 peaches for each jar you plan to fill
- Canning jars
- Canning lids
- Canning pot with lid, big enough to hold all the jars you’re filling
- Canning rack to lower the jars into the pot
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- Jar grabber to lift the hot jars out of the water
2. Prepare the peaches. The first step in creating peaches in a can is the most tedious: All of your peaches must be peeled and cut up, and the pits must be removed. You can speed up this step by immersing your peaches in boiling water for a minute. The skins will slip right off. Place your peaches in a solution of 1 gallon of water and 2 tablespoons each of sugar and salt. This will keep the fruit from darkening and will ensure that your peaches in a can will look as good as they taste.
3. Run all of your canning jars through the dishwasher to make sure they’re clean. Your can of peaches will be packed with both peaches and sugar water.
4. Pack your cut-up peaches in the clean jars.
5. Prepare sugar water solution and fill jars. Prepare a solution of 2 cups sugar to 4 cups water and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. While the solution is still boiling, pour it into the jars until there is a half-inch between the top of the fluid and the top of the jar.
6. Screw on the lids and place your cans of peaches in the canning rack. Then, immerse the jars in boiling water in the canning pot.
7. Cover the pot and boil for 30 minutes. Remove the peaches using the jar grabber.
8. Store your peaches. After 12 hours, place your finger in the center of the lid and press down. If the lid pops, it’s not properly sealed and should be kept in the refrigerator. If the lid doesn’t pop, you can store your peaches in a cool, dark place for 1 year.