Thank you to the wonderful people at Ace who sponsored this post but all ideas and opinions are my own.
As you can tell from the blog posts this week, we are canning up a storm here at Delicate Construction! Today, we are going to can some fresh fruit and specifically, peaches. Peaches lately have been perfect so I was thrilled when my Ball Canning Kit came in the mail from the fine people at Ace Hardware because I want to capture the flavor! Before I received this kit I had never canned anything before but I have to tell you, it is falsely intimidating. It is really quite easy!
First, you need to have all the right supplies and I loved this kit because it had everything you need from the pot to all the utensils. One stop shopping!
- Ball Fresh Preserving Canning Kit
- Sterilized Quart (or other sized) Ball Jars (4 peaches fit in one quart jar so have as many as you need)
- Peaches (anywhere from 4 to 20!)
- Ball Fruit-Fresh
- Lots of water in varying amounts
In addition to that I went to my local Ace Hardware and picked up a variety of sizes of Ball canning jars, I used quarts for my peaches but if you wanted to get smaller jars it is the same method no matter how you can them. Also, I grabbed the Fresh Fruit Preserve that Ball makes (as well as many of their other products to have on hand). You will want to make sure you wash all your jars or put them through the dishwasher on ‘sanitize’ before you start canning.
Before you start, fill up your large Ball pot 3/4 of the way and get that on the stove to start boiling. I also added a second smaller pot of water (just enough to cover the lids and rings you will use, don’t put them in yet though). Then, I peeled and sliced my peaches. If you would like diced or some other shape you can do that also, shape is up to you! I found that about 4 good sized peaches filled up a quart jar.
Then fill up your jars, you want to make sure they are full but you don’t want to smash them too much.
Now it was time for the liquid, there are a number of recipes for a syrup but I liked the idea of something that more resembled ‘packed in juice’ so this is what I came up with, I used:
- 4 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tsps Ball Fruit-Fresh
I mixed all this together until everything dissolved.
Then I poured this mixture into the jars until they covered the fruit but I left about an inch at the top, there are various measurements for various things you can, but for fruit I left the whole inch.
At this point it is time to put the lids on, once the smaller pot is boiling, reduce to a simmer and add your lids for about 5 minutes. Then use the awesome magnetic lid remover tool that comes with the kit to grab your lids out of the water and place them on your jar. Then add the rings (they don’t need to be in the water) and make them fingertip tight (meaning until it feels secure, not any further).
Next they go into the canning rack and get submerged in the Waterbath Canner, there needs to be at least an inch of water over the top so add more hot water if needed. I used the water from the lids since it was already simmering. Add the lid and process for 25 minutes. When the time is up, turn the heat off and let sit for an additional 5 minutes.
Then pull them out and put them on a cooling rack over a dish towel and let set for at least two hours to cool. Try not to move them too much or bother them and after two hours you can check the centers to make sure they are down and have sealed properly. Don’t worry if they don’t look sealed when you first bring them out of the water, they will seal while they cool and if they don’t for some reason, you can pop those jars in the fridge and use them first but that doesn’t happen very often.
That’s it! It sounds like a process but it is an easy process and then you can stock your pantry full of fresh fruit and other homemade staples!
Do you can or have you ever wanted to try? Let me know in the comments below! Also check out Ace for more great tips on canning!
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