How to Can Peaches at Home
Are you sad when peach season comes to an end? We understand completely…we love peaches so much that we partner with growers to bring you different varieties of peaches (including Georgia Peaches, Sweet Peaches and Florida Peaches) that are ready at different times so we can extend the time fresh peaches are available to our customers as long as possible!
Despite our best efforts, however, peach season does have to come to an end sometime…usually in the fall, and then we all have to wait at least six months before we can once again enjoy that sweet, succulent peach flavor.
Or do we? What if we told you that you can preserve the taste of summer to enjoy during the coldest months of winter? Well, you can – by canning your fresh, excess peaches now to savor that fresh-from-the-farm flavor when you need it most!
How to Use Canned Peaches
If you’re tempted to stop reading because you have no idea how to use peaches that have been preserved by canning, wait just a second. First, don’t make the mistake of assuming the fresh peaches you can now for later use will be like the diced canned peaches you find in the grocery store. While it’s true that you won’t get the summertime thrill of biting into a fresh peach from the canned variety, you can use your fresh-canned peaches in many ways that will leave you convinced you managed to preserve summertime in a jar!
The Pittman & Davis peaches you preserve will definitely satisfy your craving for summertime. Here are just a few of our Pittman & Davis Peaches tips you can use for your canned creations:
• Canned peaches can be used to make thick creamy smoothies that that are loaded with vitamins K and E, folate, iron and other nutrients.
• Canned peaches can be added to cottage cheese for a light lunch or healthy afternoon snack.
• Canned peaches work beautifully in baked desserts…fill the house with the smell of fresh peaches baking when you make traditional peach cobbler, peach pie and peach cakes!
• Canned peaches go well with ice cream…try drizzling vanilla ice cream with a sweet balsamic vinegar reduction for tartness before adding sweet canned peaches on top.
• Canned peaches are a great way to add flavor to your morning oatmeal. Try adding cream for an extra taste-treat.
In addition to these ideas, canned peaches can be made into peach ice cream, made into ambrosia and used for cocktails. The possibilities are endless!
How to Can Peaches
Now down to the nitty-gritty…actually canning the peaches. If you’ve never preserved fruits or vegetables before, you may be a bit intimidated by the idea of doing it. Don’t be – it’s a lot easier than you think. In fact, we’re willing to bet that you’ll be so pleased with the results you’ll order peaches from us more often next peach season just so you’ll have some to preserve for later!
Here’s our easy 5-step method for canning fresh peaches:
You will need:
1. 4 lbs. fresh Pittman & Davis Peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced with skins removed*
2. 1½ c. sugar
3. 4 c. water
4. 4 Mason jars (1-pint size) with lids and rings
How to do it:
1. Wash the pint jars with hot, soapy water; rinse thoroughly. (You may also use the sterilize setting on your dishwasher.)
2. In a large saucepan, dissolve sugar and water over medium-high heat.
3. Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil. Using tongs, place jars, lids and rings into the boiling water and let boil for 5 minutes to sterilize. Use tongs to remove to a towel and allow to drain.
4. While jars are still warm, fill each with sliced peaches and top with sugar syrup, leaving ½” space at the top of each jar. Remove air pockets by pressing peaches down with the end of a wooden spoon. Secure jars with lids until tight and process in boiling water for 25 minutes.
5. Remove jars from the pot using tongs or a jar lifter and lay them on a towel to cool. Once the jars have cooled and the lids are sealed, tighten the lids again and store them in a cool, dark place for up to a year.
*To remove peach skins easily, drop in boiling water for 30-60 seconds, then transfer the peaches immediately to cold water. The skins will be easy to peel off.
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