There has been a plethora of peaches around here! I love peaches, and since they have been plentiful and cheap, we stopped and bought a box of them for eating and canning.
I'm not sure why I feel the need to "can". It might be because I helped my mom and grandma with many-a-batch of applesauce and rhubarb sauce when I was growing up. It might stem from my love of everything "Little House on the Prairie" and Laura Ingalls' scrumptious descriptions of the food that they grew, ate and preserved. For the Ingalls family, what they preserved for the winter literally meant survival. For us, what we preserve is an inexpensive way to add to our food storage and for every day eating.
There are instructions on how to can all over the internet. If you have never canned before and would like to try, here's an Intro To Canning pdf file from Ball. I've collected my canning equipment over the years and just have basic enamel canners in a large and small size. That means I can only can acidic foods since I don't use a pressure canner. I've been looking for one for a while, and I'm coveting my mom's find of a pressure canner at a garage sale for under $10 since they cost over $70.
The other three canning tools I use are a jar lifter, a magnet on a stick (not sure what it's really called!) for getting the lids and bands out of the hot water, and a jar funnel. I have a plastic funnel, but found this lovely black enamel one at a thrift store!
- Sauce pan
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Cutting board
- Kitchen knives
- Large spoon
- Non-metallic spatula
- Dish rags
- A water bath canner
- And of course, your jars, lids and rings.
I fill my sink with cool water and then put the peaches in and give them a quick wash. Especially since they come straight from the farm they might be a little bit dirty. Then they go in batches of a few at a time into the boiling water for a minute or two. This was Natalia's job. It's nice to have a helper.
FruitFresh to keep the peaches from getting too dark after canning.
Aren't they gorgeous?