Canning Peaches At Home: Complete Guide To Perfect Canned Peaches

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Do you also dream of bright, fresh and flavorful homemade canned peaches? Look no further, we’re sharing our Mom’s recipe (and tips) for canning peaches at home.

Three bottles of canned peaches and a bowl of peeled, sliced peaches
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  1. Canning Peaches
  2. Ingredients Needed for Canning Peaches
  3. What are the Best Peaches for Canning?
  4. Canning Peaches in Light Syrup
  5. Sterilizing the Canning Jars
  6. Do Peaches Need To Be Pressure Canned?
  7. Tips For Canning Peaches
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Recipes Using Peaches
  10. How to Can Peaches
  11. Canning Peaches at Home Recipe

Canning Peaches

During the cold winter months, when fresh fruit is hard to come by, these peaches are so refreshing and the bottles disappear quickly. Peaches contain a bounty of antioxidants which keep the skin clear and slow down the aging process.

If you’re a beginner in canning peaches and home food preservation, this is a great easy-to-follow complete guide with tips, tricks and recipes! Canning peaches at home preserves the taste, texture, and quality of fresh peaches.

This recipe uses the raw pack canning method, where the peaches are blanched, skinned, sliced and canned in a hot syrup. Another method for canning peaches is the hot pack method, where peaches are cooked for 5 minutes before they are canned. We prefer the raw pack canning method because it is quicker and easier – and you don’t have to handle hot peaches.

Ingredients Needed for Canning Peaches

  • ripe peaches – large 
  • lemon juice
  • water
  • sugar
  • Fruit-Fresh

What are the Best Peaches for Canning?

I like to use the Elberta peaches that come on in September. They are a freestone variety and are easy to work with. Free-stone peaches slip right away from the pit, or stone. Clingstone peaches need to be cut away from the pit, which isn’t a problem either, it just takes a little more work. This recipe works with any traditional yellow varieties of peaches. Do not use white-flesh peaches with this canning method. According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, white peaches are lower in acid than yellow peaches and are not safe to can.

The most important thing is to use ripe peaches. If the peach is hard and greenish in color, wait a day or two to do your canning. I often can the ripe ones the first day and wait a day or two to can the rest when they have ripened.

Top view of 12 glass jars with sliced peaches inside

Canning Peaches in Light Syrup

A light sugar syrup is really the best for canning peaches. Too much sugar can overpower the fresh flavor of the peaches. For my recipe, I use a 2:1 water to sugar ratio. I also use Fruit-Fresh, which contains citric acid, to keep my peaches looking bright and to prevent browning. I use 1 teaspoon of Fruit-Fresh per cup of syrup.

Glass jars in the dishwasher to be sterilized for canning peaches

Sterilizing the Canning Jars

The best and easiest way I have found to sterilize my glass bottles for canning is to run them through a normal dishwasher cycle. I place the canning jar lids in a pot of warm water and simmer them until I’m ready to use them.

Do Peaches Need To Be Pressure Canned?

No, peaches are not required to be pressure canned. They can be canned using the water bath method or a steam canning method. Many people prefer pressure canning their peaches and that’s ok too! Yellow flesh peaches, in general, can be pressure canned at 6 pounds of pressure for 10 minutes below 2,000 feet in elevation. Be sure to check your pressure canning manual for exact pressure and times depending on your altitude.

For Water Bath Canning

Processing time for water bath canning peaches is 25 minutes for elevations of 0-1,000 feet. Check exact processing times for your elevation on the National Center for Home Food Preservation website.

Glass jars filled with peaches in a water bath canner
Canning peaches at home. Bottles of home canned peaches surrounded by fresh peaches

Tips For Canning Peaches

  • To prevent browning, toss your peeled, sliced peaches with Fruit Fresh or a lemon juice mixture before canning (see how in recipe below).
  • Blanch your peaches to easily peel peaches. Use a knife to easily pull the peels away from the fruit.
  • Add a little lemon juice to each jar before adding the peaches to ensure you reach safe ph acidity levels for canning.
  • Halved peaches take up for space in the jars than sliced. If you are planning on halving your peaches you may need to use more jars.
A close up of a peach slice on a fork in front of bottled peaches

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do home-canned peaches last?

18-24 months. They can go longer than that, but for optimal taste and freshness, less than 24 months is ideal.

Why do my peaches float to the top of the jar?

If your peaches aren’t packed tightly enough, they may float to the top of the jar. Don’t worry, this does not affect the taste or the shelf life of the peaches. It may not look as pretty but your peaches are totally fine.

My peaches turned a little brown, are they still ok to eat?

As long as they were properly sealed and processed, they smell ok, and you don’t notice any mold, they should still be safe to eat.

More Home Canning Recipes:How To Make & Can The Best Homemade Tomato Juice, Homemade Canned Spaghetti Sauce and Virginia Chunk Sweet Pickles.

Recipes Using Peaches

  • Peach Pie – This Peach Pie is out-of-this-world good! It’s made with the perfect pie crust and the best peach pie filling you have ever tried. Trust us, you’ll never be satisfied by a store-bought peach pie again!
  • Peach Lemonade – You will love how simple this peach lemonade is. You can be enjoying your delicious drink in just a few minutes. The best part is: no lemon squeezing!
  • Raspberry Peach Cobbler – Raspberry Peach Cobbler is a tasty treat, a delicious way to use fresh summer peaches and raspberries. So simple to make, with only five ingredients!
  • Peach Galette – This Peach Galette is a warm, rustic dessert that is so simple to make. You will love the flaky crust and the sweet filling.
  • Peach Freezer Jam – this peach jam has fresh raspberries in the mix and is so tasty!
  • Fruit Salsa – this is a fresh mix of peaches, apples , bananas, and berries. Served with cinnamon chips.

How to Can Peaches

A bowl of sliced peaches in front of bottles of peaches

Canning Peaches at Home

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Canning peaches at home preserves the taste, texture, and quality of fresh peaches. This recipe makes approximately 6 quarts of peaches. Depending on the size of peaches, or if they are halved or sliced, it is possible to get 7 quarts – see notes. A serving is calculated here as ½ cup of canned peaches.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Canning
Cuisine American
Servings 42 servings



  • 6 Sterilized Glass Quart Canning Jars and Lids (wide-mouth jars are easiest to use)
  • Water Bath Canner
  • Magnetic Lid Wand or Fork



Prepare for Canning

  • Sterilize canning jars by running them through a cycle in the dishwasher.
    Glass jars in the dishwasher to be sterilized for canning peaches
  • Place the canning lids in a large saucepan of hot water and simmer until ready to use.
  • Prepare a large pot of water and bring it to a boil on the stove.
  • Fill the sink with cold water, or prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  • In another large pot, combine the 12 cups of water and 6 cups of sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add ¼ cup Fruit-Fresh and set aside for later.

Prepare the Peaches

  • Carefully place several peaches in the large pot of boiling water. All peaches should be totally covered by water.
    Peaches being boiled in a large pot on the stove
  • Set a timer for one minute. Remove the peaches from the boiling water and place them in the sink filled with cold water, or in an ice water bath. Repeat this process until all the peaches are in the cold water.
    Peaches being prepared for peeling in a sink filled with cold water
  • Add 1 quart of cold water and ½ cup of lemon juice to a large bowl. At this point, peeling the peaches should be easy. The peach skins should slide off without even using a knife. If the a peach is less ripe, it may require a little peeling. Cut the peaches in half or slice them and remove the pits.
    The skin of a fresh peach being skinned with a paring knife
  • Place the halved or sliced peaches in the large bowl filled with water and lemon juice. Stir the peaches into the water and lemon juice as you slice them to avoid discoloration.
    Fresh peaches being sliced into a large bowl

Canning the Peaches

  • Place the sterilized jars right side up on a large cookie sheet. This helps keep spills to a minimum.
  • Pour 1 cup of the light syrup into each jar. Fill each jar with the halved or sliced peaches. Use a slotted spoon or ladle to remove peaches from the bowl of lemon water. Leave ½ inch headspace at the top of each jar.
  • Add more syrup to fill the empty spaces between the peaches and to cover the fruit. There should still be ½ inch unfilled space at the top of each jar. You will likely have some light syrup left over after filling the jars.
  • It's important to get all of the trapped air bubbles out of the jar before it seals. Slide a clean knife down the inside of the jar in four or five places to release the bubbles. Clean any liquid from the rims of the jars with a clean towel before placing the heated lids on the jars.
  • Use a magnetic lid wand or fork to carefully remove a canning lid from the simmering water on the stove. Do not dry it or touch the lid with your bare hands. It will be hot and you don't want to contaminate it. Place it directly on the top of the jar as pictured. Tighten the screw bands firmly on each jar.
    Lids being placed on glass jars filled with peaches for canning

Processing the Peaches

  • Fill a water bath canner ½ full with warm water. Place the jars on the wire rack and lower the jars into the canner. Add more water to cover the jars with 1 inch of water above the jars.
    Glass jars filled with peaches in a water bath canner
  • Cover with a lid, and watch for it to boil. Once it reaches the boiling point, reduce to a medium to medium-high heat. The water should still be boiling, but not at a raging boil that makes a sauna in your kitchen and a mess on the stove. Set a timer for 25 minutes for elevations of 0-1,000 feet (Check exact processing times for your elevation on the National Center for Home Food Preservation website).
  • When the time is up, remove the jars from the boiling-water canner and let them cool on a counter in a non-drafty area.
  • Once jars have cooled, make sure they have sealed properly and store them in a cool, dark place.
    Several glass bottles filled with peaches that have been canned at home


Recipe Tips:

  • To prevent browning, toss your peeled, sliced peaches with Fruit Fresh or a lemon juice mixture before canning (see how in recipe below)
  • Blanch your peaches to easily remove the peels. Use a knife to easily pull the peels away from the fruit.
  • Add a little lemon juice to each jar before adding the peaches to ensure you reach safe acidity levels for canning.
  • Halved peaches take up for space in the jars than sliced. If you are planning on halving your peaches you may need to use more jars.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 210mgFiber: 2gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 354IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

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Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 2 stars
    Cool recipe, except for one big problem with how the recipe was written. As someone who is really new to canning, I didn’t know I had to also add lemon juice to the jar until I saw it written in the helpful tips at the END. Aka after I had already spent 8 hours prepping the peaches and sealing the jars. Looks like these will all just have to go in the fridge and be eaten within the next couple weeks. The recipe should have included in the steps that lemon juice needed to be added to the jars. That’s an important step.

  2. 4 stars
    Question, this recipe calls for more peaches then what I have,is there a smaller scale of recipe for l10 whole fresh peaches. Just example.

    1. We usually don’t can smaller amounts because it is a very messy and time consuming process and it doesn’t feel worth it for such a small yield.

  3. 5 stars
    My wife and I are preparing to can around 20 lbs. of peaches using your recipe. The video shows you adding a small amount of lemon juice to each jar, but the “step-by-step” instructions don’t mention it. How much lemon juice should we use if using quart jars? Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    I found the recipe to be quite helpful, easy to follow and loved the heads up caution about adding too much sugar to the 12 cups of water. Everything turned out great1

    1. I’m so glad this recipe was helpful to you. . We can peaches with this recipe at the end of every summer. They are delicious!

  5. Dishwashers do not sterilize, they only sanitize,. There is no need to sterilize any product that will be processed for longer than 10 minutes. It is the processing which sterilizes, if done properly.

  6. 5 stars
    I like this recipe and instructions better than any I’ve looked at and tried. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    1. Thank you, Tanya. We’ve been canning peaches this way for years. I’m happy it is helpful to you!

  7. 4 stars
    Thank you for sharing you methods. I just used this recipe, and found it to be a mixed bag.
    Some of the instructions were detailed and helpful, like the poaching of the fruit. Others were a bit convoluted and just confusing. Like the 12 cups of water and 6 cups of sugar for the syrup. Did I miss a step? Should this have been boiled down or cut back? I ended up throwing over half of it away, since it equated to over 1-1/2 cups of liquid per pint jar. Also, the recipe doesn’t indicate how to be certain that the process was successful. Since this is designed for beginners, they should know how to test the cap to ensure that the processing worked.

    1. In the recipe (step 5) it reads to boil the sugar and water together until it dissolves. You may not need all of it, it depends on how tightly you pack your peaches. You can cut back on the amounts next time if you need to. We will try and include more specific instructions on testing the cap to make sure it processes correctly.

      1. 4 stars
        Use less syrup in jar until you have filled with peaches otherwise you only have half a jar of actual fruit

  8. Thank you for sharing your canning process.
    Since you are teaching canning methods to the public,
    dishwasher sanitation is NOT the same as sterilization.
    To sterilize the jars, they need to be in a hard roll boil ( 220 degrees) for at least 20 min.
    And THEN fill jars using a sterile technique.
    I know most people confuse sanitation and sterilization, the difference is real. 😉
    Happy and safe processing.

    1. Even the USDA says the dishwasher is fine, since the jars are boiled for 30 minutes during processing.

    2. I have been canning peaches for years. After I wash the dishes in the dishwasher, I stand them on a tray in the oven at 200 degrees to keep them warm as I fill each jar. I use a light syrup and I also pressure can them. Love it! Ty.

  9. 5 stars
    I can’t WAIT for peach season to do this. They’re my favorite summer fruit hands down and any way I can enjoy them into the depths of winter is a win. Thanks for the in depth instructions!

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