Millions of peaches, peaches for me…

peaches-sliced

Preface: I have always wanted to learn how to can.  (And when I say “can” I am not talking about the energetic chorus line, high kick dance from the 1800’s.)  I’m talking about putting edible food items in glass jars and preserving them for later use and consumption.

CONFESSION:  Despite my desire to learn, the idea of canning has always terrified me.  I thought canning was only for very domesticated and experienced moms and grandmas.

Story: Well a couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon a great deal on peaches, so naturally I HAD to buy a whole box.  But I started to feel guilty after they had sat in my kitchen for a couple days and they started turning soft and a few were getting creepy looking.  I knew I didn’t have much time.  Something had to be done fast!

My mom offered to help me can them.

Me: Can them?  Mom…you do realize who you’re talking to, right? 

Mom: Yes Kimberly, you can do it.  It’s really not that hard.  I’ll teach you.

Me: Okay…here goes nothin.

So I did it!  I learned how to can (water-bath style) and it was super easy–and super fun!

Check out the proof below:

Blanche the peaches (to blanche = set in boiling water for about 2 minutes).

Blanche the peaches (to blanche = set in boiling water for about 2 minutes).

Run cold water over peaches and pull off the skins (they will slide right off, which I thought was so cool!)

Run cold water over peaches and pull off the skins (they will slide right off, which I thought was so cool!)

 

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Halve the peaches and remove the pits

Halve the peaches and remove the pits

Slice the peaches

Slice the peaches

 

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Put peaches in pot of syrup (syrup = boil 3 cups water + 1 quart water)

Put peaches in pot of syrup (syrup = boil 3 cups sugar+ 1 quart water)

 

Fill water bath about 2/3 full of water and boil

Fill water bath about 2/3 full of water and boil

Boil lids and wash jars in hot water

Boil lids and wash jars in hot water

 

Fill jars with peaches

Fill jars with peaches

Fill with syrup, leaving about 1/2 inch head space

Fill with syrup, leaving about 1/2 inch head space

 

Wipe rims, put lids and rings on jars, then place jars in wire basket inside the water bath

Wipe rims, put lids and rings on jars, then place jars in wire basket inside the water bath

Process (or boil) for about 25-30 minutes

Process (or boil)
for about 25-30 minutes

 

Remove jars with bottle lifter and allow to sit in room temperature, overnight

Remove jars with bottle lifter and allow to sit in room temperature, overnight

And we’re done!!

And we’re done!!

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One Response to Millions of peaches, peaches for me…

  1. Stacey George says:

    Your peaches are beautiful you darling girl! Nice Job!!

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