Instructions

Canning & Freezing

Canning Instructions

Can your peaches and eat them all year long! This recipe should keep your peaches fresh for about 12 months.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Ingredients/Equipment:

  • Quart-size jars for canning

  • 16-20 Medium-sized peaches

  • 4 ids and rings, new and unused

  • Water Bath Canner

  • Tongs for grabbing jars

  • 4-5 cups sugar

  • Ascorbic Acid

  • Juice of 4 Lemons

Instructions for Blanching:

  • Before starting the canning process, you must blanch your peaches to take the skin off. Gently cut an "X" on the bottom of your peach, only piercing through the skin, not the flesh of the peach.

  • Bring a pot of water to boil. In a separate, large bowl fill with ice and water.

  • Place peaches with "X" into the boiling water for 20-30 seconds. Take out of boiling water and place into ice water mixture until peaches have cooled throughout.

  • Peel peaches starting where you cut the "X" into them. Peel until all skin is gone from your peaches.

  • Place peeled peaches into ascorbic acid or lemon juice to prevent browning while you prepare your cans.

Instructions for Canning:

  • Wash jars, lids, and rings thoroughly before you begin. Simply run them through the dishwasher an hour before you start canning.

  • Start cutting your blanched peaches into halves or slices, removing the pit. Place them into your jars as you go.

  • In a small pot, bring water to a boil. Place your rings and lids in water while you make your canning syrup. Lower heat to medium-low after 5 minutes.

  • Make canning syrup by mixing 8 cups of very hot water with 4-5 cups of sugar. You can add more or less sugar depending on syrup preference. Add the juice of 2 lemons and stir until sugar is fully dissolved.

  • Pour your syrup into each jar you have filled, leaving a 1/2 inch of space at the top.

  • Wipe the outside of jars and place hot lids and rings on jars, sealing firmly.

  • In your water bath canner, bring water to a boil and place jars inside, with water covering the lid of the jars at all times. Boil for 30 minutes, checking to make sure water continues to cover the lids of jars.

  • Leave out overnight to cool. Enjoy year-round!

Freezing Instructions

Freeze your peaches and always have them for smoothies, pies, and everything else peachy!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Lemon Juice

  • 10 Peaches

Instructions:

  • Wash peaches. If you wish to freeze them skinless, see blanching instructions under Canning. (Freezing skinless is not necessary.)

  • Cut peaches in slices

  • Combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 4 cups water and stir. Soak peach slices in lemon bath mixture for 5 minutes.

  • Drain peaches in a colander. Drain as much excess water as possible.

  • Arrange on a baking sheet and freeze overnight

  • Place frozen peaches in a freezer bag and enjoy them for up to a year!

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