Saturday, September 3, 2011

Canning peaches

I am a week late in posting this, but better late than never.  Our peach trees produced for the first time this year, as I had previously posted, but being so small, they were not what I had wanted for canning halves.  In past years, I have always put my name on a call list at one of the local orchards for when their Michigan Red Haven peaches come in.  They are great peaches and freestone for easy pitting.  When they came in, I bought a bushel specifically for canning.
Here is one basket ready to be put in the boiling water.  We use our turkey fryer for this.
Part of the end product.  30 quarts that will taste so awesome when snow is flying.  :) 

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9 comments:

SouthCoast Guy said...

Excellent! How long does canned fruit last?

Peggy said...

Well, some would probably say to make sure and use it within a year. I have eaten fruits and veggies older than that and lived to tell the tale. :) As long as the seal is still good, no funky odors or colors, I'm good with it. Granted, the peaches don't have much opportunity to last longer than that around here. :)

HolleyGarden said...

Very pretty. It will be good eating when it's cold outside, or really anytime! I like that you used the turkey fryer - great idea!

Peggy said...

Thanks, Holley. The turkey fryer is great. We boil outside rather than heating up the house, and the size is perfect. We were able to put 1/4 bushel in each load. Makes the work go so much quicker!

Rachel said...

These look beautiful! It's great to see that others still believe in canning- I'm the only person in my family that does it! I made a "carrot cake jam" a few weeks ago, and it turned out super delicious, so I'll be doing it for life. Enjoy the harvest :)
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charlie b. said...

Your peaches look great (before and after)! I've never canned peaches before - may have to try this. I did quarts of grape juice over the weekend, which is super easy.

Little Green Chili Lover said...

I Am excited to read more of your blog... I want to do all this...

T2Nashville said...

Amazing job, sweet cousin! Very impressive and they look delish. I put up peaches as well (bought some on my way home from our reunion in Chilton County, actually), but I froze mine since I'm not a canner (as you well know). These will also be so tasty during the cold winter months. Mmmm, peach crisp!

Peggy said...

Rachel, I love canning and the feeling that I have done something good for my family in the process. Enjoy your jam! I have never heard of that kind before...interesting!
Charlie, did you do your juice from grapes? Sounds time consuming, but I bet it tastes great! Can't beat fresh!
Tammy, thank you. Once we started canning our own peaches, I can't stand the thought of buying the ones in the store. There is just no comparison as I'm sure you can attest to by your frozen ones. :)