Preserving the Harvest

Canning a Bushel of Peaches

Just Peachy!


It’s Peach Canning Season on the Homestead!

Between the bushel of peaches I brought back from Amish country in New York and a bag of peaches from my friend Audrey, I had some work cut out for me this week! It seems like a lot of work when I’m in the middle of a canning session, but it is well worth the effort in the winter when we have home canned fruits and vegetables. I love knowing that we have healthy food ready to eat even if we are snowed in and the electricity is out.

Filling the jars with peaches.

I canned 34 pints of diced peaches and 16 half pints of peach jam over the last few days. We also had a peach pie and fresh peaches eaten over the sink…they are so juicy! It seems like a lot of food when I look at the jars ready to go in my canning cupboard, but I know that we could go through them very quickly.


Peach Jam!

I love peaches and planted a peach tree in our chicken pasture last year so we can raise our own. This year our little tree gave a total of 4 peaches, but I saw from Audrey’s trees that it doesn’t take too many years for the harvest to take over your kitchen!


Washing peaches to prepare for canning.

Peaches are an acid fruit and can be processed in a hot water bath canner. For safe instructions for canning peaches read this. Check out my post for information on planting fruit trees for self sufficiency.


Are you canning peaches or peach jam this year?



22 Comments on “Canning a Bushel of Peaches

  1. Gosh I’m sorry we’re not closer, we are groaning under lovely lemons and my husband is busy preparing his lemon curd as a write! We could have done an exchange, peach jam for lemon curd – if you ever have any left!!!! We are a few month off our local peaches here…
    I absolutely love your blog it is a million miles way from my townie life – so I will follow you for some escapism!

    1. Hi Wren,
      Lemons would be lovely! I’ve always thought it would be wonderful to live somewhere warm where I could pick mangoes, lemons, and oranges right from the tree πŸ™‚ And lemon curd sounds amazing! Thanks for following me!

  2. That looks so delicious! I love jams and this looks so pretty too, all lined up. I don’t think I could wait for winter for that. It’ll be all gone by then. πŸ™‚ but that’s just me and my sweet tooth.

    1. Thank you, Mai! It is hard to wait to enjoy the ‘fruits of my labor’ but I have quite a bit of fresh fruit available right now πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting!

  3. Beautiful pictures of your sunny harvest! We used to have a peach tree on our farm but the fruit never seemed to ripen without expensive sprays – otherwise the fruit turned gnarly. We didn’t know what kind they were & they were late fruiting.. We found for ourselves it was less costly to buy a bushel from our Amish neighbors who have a truckload shipped up from down south. Word travels and lots of people show up (in cars or buggies) to take peaches home. We just came home today from picking up our bushel – they are large and sweet yet some still firm so we’ll be eating peaches for a few days to come. Yum!

    1. Hi Linda,
      I hope I have better luck with my peach tree! We had two that ripened and were delicious…so I hope that’s a good omen. You probably bought your peaches at the same place that we picked up our peaches while we were visiting my parents! I can’t remember what they sell at their shop there, but they have a regular work shop. Enjoy those peaches while they are fresh and delicious!

  4. Beautiful photos of your peaches and hard work ! πŸ™‚ When I made jam earlier in the summer my favorite was peach! ( Those peaches were from the South, at our local farm market…eating true local PA peaches now! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Deb! Peach jam is a fave around here too! My parents used to go to Pennsylvania to pick peaches from orchards around the lake, but now they pick them up from the Amish families who order a truck load at a time. They live in western NY and aren’t far from some nice fruit growing areas πŸ™‚
      Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

  5. Those look good! What liquid did you use… fruit juice/honey/sugar water? I ended up canning 56 quarts of peaches this year and am happy to be finished! Like you said… a lot of work and feels like a lot, but they’ll be nice midwinter! Trying to dehydrate some on Friday… we shall see.

    1. Hi Raising Crops and Babies,
      I used a light sugar water solution with some lemon juice for my liquid. You are a canning machine! What a great feeling to have so much put up for the winter πŸ™‚ Best wishes with the dehydrating…I was planning to do some peaches in the dehydrator, but we ate the rest πŸ˜‰

  6. Peaches look great πŸ™‚ We planted a few trees and got a handful of them this year. It is amazing how good fruit taste when they come from your own trees πŸ™‚

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