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 1/2 cup of canned peaches.
Keyword Canning peaches
Prep Time 45minutes
Cook Time 25minutes
Author Linda Edwards
6 Sterilized Glass Quart Canning Jars and Lids (wide-mouth jars are easiest to use)
Sterilize canning jars by running them through a cycle in the dishwasher.
Place the canning lids in a pan of warm water and simmer until ready to use.
Fill a large pot with hot water and bring it to a boil on the stove.
Fill the sink with cold 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 1/4 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.
Set a timer for one minute. Remove the peaches from the boiling water and place them in the sink filled with cold water.
Repeat this process until all the peaches are in the cold water.
Add 1 quart of cold water and 1/2 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. 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.
Canning the Peaches
Place the sterilized jars right side up on a large cookie sheet. This helps keep spills to a minimum.
Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to each jar.
Pour 1 cup of the light syrup into each jar.
Fill each jar with the halved or sliced peaches. Leave 1/2 inch 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 1/2 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 sealing. Slide a clean knife down the inside of the jar in four or five places to release the bubbles.
Clean any syrup from the jar rim 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 rings firmly on each jar.
Processing the Peaches
Fill a water bath canner 1/2 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.
Cover with a lid, and watch for it to boil.
Once it reaches the boiling point, set a timer for 25 minutes for elevations of 0-1,000 feet (Check exact processing times for your elevation HERE)
Reduce the heat to the point where the water is still boiling, but not at a raging boil that makes a sauna in your kitchen and a mess on the stove.
When the time is up, remove the jars from the boiling water 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.
More peaches can be preserved in a jar when they are sliced. If you want to can the peaches in halves, you will probably need an additional quart jar to can all of the peaches using this recipe.