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How To Can Peaches: the easy tutorial recipe for making peaches in simple syrup

Total time: 35 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 12 people
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It’s peach season! And while we love peaches, there comes a time where you simply don’t know what to do with the overabundance of peaches. So what do you do? How do you make sure of all the peaches without them going to waste? Well, we’re glad you asked. The answer lies in canning peaches. This is an easy, beginner-friendly tutorial for canning summery peaches in simple syrup.

Canned peaches are a great way to preserve fresh fruit and enjoy it all year round—even when it’s no longer peach season. You will need ripe peaches, clean jars, sugar, and water. You can make it without a pressure canner, so make sure to check out our tips below.

You can eat these tender, sweet peaches on their own straight from the jar, or use it to make pancakes, cakes or peach cobbler.

What Are The Best Peaches To Can?

There is one important thing to consider when choosing the right peaches. Go for orange/yellow peaches. The white ones are not acidic enough, which means they won’t be safe for long-term canning. Look for ripe, but not overripe.

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What Do You Need for Canning Peaches?

Glass jars – make sure they’re clean and sterilized.

Large pot – you will use this to can the jars.

Jar grabber or oven-safe mittens – this will be used to prevent burning, the silicone ones work great.

Peaches – see our tips above for choosing the right peaches.

Sugar – this will be used to create the syrup.

How To Can Peaches At Home

Making canned peaches is easier than you may think.

Preparing Peaches For Canning

Prepare the peaches first. Do this by rinsing them first, then peeling them. Slice in half, and remove the stones.  There is no need to cook them first.

Making The Simple Syrup

Add the water and sugar to a pot, bring to a boil and cook until syrupy.

Canning The Peaches

Place the peeled peaches in the jar and fill the jar with the syrup. Make sure to fill it up to the very top. Close well and put the jars covered with water in a pot and bring to a boil. Boil for at least 7 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

How To Seal The Peach Jars Properly

For food safety purposes, it’s important to make sure that the jars are sealed properly. Use a silicone oven mitt to close the lids, this will give you a better grip to close them tightly.

A few hours after canning the jars, you can double-check the seal. Do this by tapping the lids, and if they pop, it hasn’t sealed properly.

What If The Peach Jars Don't Seal?

You can still eat the peaches, but they aren’t suitable for long-term storage. Store them in the fridge and eat within a week.

Hot Pack Or Raw Pack For Canning Peaches

Peaches can be canned in two different ways: Hot Pack or Cold Pack. Cold pack canning means that fresh cold fruits are added to hot, sterilized jars. It’s topped with hot syrup, sealed, and the filled jars are boiled again.

In the hot pack method, the fruits are also boiled first and then packed with the hot syrup in the jars.

They both taste similar, but they do present differently. The fruits in cold pack jars will shrink during the final boiling process, which leaves them to float afterward.

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Canned Peaches Variations

You can replace the sugar with honey or maple syrup, use 2/3 of the amount.

You can also leave out the sugar completely, and just fill the jars with hot boiling water.

Tips

If your jars are leaking juice, it means they haven’t rested properly. They need to rest for at least 5 minutes, but the longer, the better.

Peaches will sometimes turn brown. This is a natural reaction called enzymatic browning. To prevent this, add a bit of lemon juice to the hot syrup.

Make the syrup more fragrant by adding cinnamon sticks during the boiling process.

You can also follow this recipe using a pressure canner, but it’s not necessary.

How To Store Canned Peaches

If the jars are sealed properly, they will last for 6 months. Make sure to store it in a dark cool place. Once opened, canned peaches last for about 2 weeks in the fridge.

How Long Should You Wait Before Eating Canned Peaches?

You can eat as soon as the jars have cooled down.

Recipes Using Canned Peaches

You can make several recipes with canned peaches besides peach cobbler. Also try:

Peach Melba Cheesecake

Peach Tartlets

Peach Pie

More Canned Recipes

Canned pickled beets

Italian pickled eggplant

Ingredients
Sugar
500 g (2 1/2 cups)
Peaches
17
Water
1 liter (4 cups)

Instructions

In a pot add the water and sugar and bring it to a boil to prepare the syrup.

Divide peaches into two equal parts, remove the stone and peel them.

Place the peeled peaches in the jars.

Fill the jars with the syrup.

Close the jars well.

Place the jars covered with water in a pot and bring to a boil.

Boil it for about 7-8 minutes and then remove them and let them cool.

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