When I knew I would be getting 75 pounds of peaches, I had a list of ideas for what to do with them.
1. Eat fresh. I love eating fresh fruit in season.
2. Make PEACH JAM!!
3. Can peach pie filling.
4. Can peach slices.
5. Make peach butter.
6. Can peach blueberry jam.
7. Try making peach syrup for peach sweet tea??
Let’s talk about canning peaches, shall we?
Start with peeled peach slices.
Simmer them in a medium syrup until hot. I used the recommended 3 cups sugar to 5 cups water from the Ball book.
I used the hot pack method because I felt that the brief heating/cooking time would allow me to fit more in the jars and lessen the amount that would float to the top.
Pack them into pint jars, and fill with syrup, leaving about 1/2″ head space.
Process in boiling water canner for 20 minutes.
These will be nice to have later, once the boxes of peaches on my kitchen table are a distant memory.
How do you like your peach slices? Chilled? Over cottage cheese? Fruit salad?
Don’t throw away the syrup either, as you can use it to make peach sweet tea. I also made some peach syrup specifically for tea using the leftover syrup from canning. Recipe soon!