Gettin’ peachy in the kitchen

Every summer my mom cans peaches for us to enjoy during the long winter months. Because of our close proximity to the United States, she orders cases of California peaches at the small grocery store in Hannah, ND just across the line from our farm. These peaches are delicious. They never disappoint. This year my mom and I canned 16 jars of peaches (two different sizes of jars – 1 quart and 1 pint). We also keep some to eat fresh and freeze some to make into pies. Here’s a series of photos showing the process of canning peaches.
 
Three cases of peaches.
California peaches.
Boiling the peaches.
Sterilizing the lids.
Sterilizing the jars.
Removing the skin from the peaches.
Slicing the peaches into the jars.
Sugar water. 1 cup sugar to 3 cups water. Once the peaches are in the jars, fill them with sugar water.
Removing the air bubbles in the jars before sealing.
Boiling the full jars to seal them.
Canned peaches.

I just had to throw in this photo of a piece of homemade peach pie with ice cream. So delicious!  

Piece of homemade peach pie.

Do you enjoy canning? If so, check out my social media friend Ott, A’s blog, http://alattewithotta.blogspot.com/.  She’s co-hosting a Canning Week Blog Party from August 22 to 26, 2011.

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    1. For beginners, canning can be challenging. But once you get the hang of it, you’re set. I’m happy to hear that you’re supporting local producers at Farmers’ Markets. Thanks for reading!

  1. My family has a long tradition of canning!

    Hopefully someday I can have a garden – and figure out how to can things without doing harm to myself or others!

    Looks like you had quite the experience!

    1. My mom has been canning for as long as I can remember. She learned from her mom and now I’m learning from my mom. It seems to be a bit of a dying art. But it’s a great way to keep produce for the winter. Someday, I too hope to have a garden. As soon as I can get out of this city! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. YUM! That peach pie looks like heaven. This year I canned peaches for the first time but I did the hot packed canning. Your way seems much quicker and I am going to do that next time.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting! The peach pie tasted as good as it looked! And this past weekend I made a peach blueberry crisp which was also very tasty (with just a bit of ice cream added). By the way, I visited your website and the grape jelly looks delicious. My mom and I make various jams for the freezer but have never made grape jelly – might have to try it sometime.

  3. Your peaches look really good. I grew up watching my mom can, but tried it for the first time myself this year. I wish I still lived at my childhood home where we had 2 peach trees so I could can some peaches like you did. Would be nice to have them for pies later!

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting! I too grew up watching my mom can and only recently took more of an interest in it. It would be nice to have peaches trees in your own backyard. Good luck with your canning!

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