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Canning Fruit

Canning Fruit

Peaches-Halved or Sliced

Quantity: An average of 17 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 11 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints. A bushel weighs 48 pounds and yields 16 to 24 quarts an average of 2 pounds per quart.

Quality: Choose ripe, mature fruit of ideal quality for eating fresh or cooking.

Please read Using Pressure Canners and Using Boiling Water Canners before beginning. If this is your first time canning, it is recommended that you read Principles of Home Canning.

Procedure: Dip fruit in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds until skins loosen. Dip quickly in cold water and slip off skins. Cut in half, remove pits and slice if desired. To prevent darkening, keep peeled fruit inascorbic acid solution. Prepare and boil a very light, light, or medium syrup or pack peaches in water, apple juice, or white grape juice. Raw packs make poor quality peaches.

Hot pack  In a large saucepan place drained fruit in syrup, water, or juice and bring to boil. Fill jars with hot fruit and cooking liquid, leaving -inch headspace. Place halves in layers, cut side down.

Raw pack  Fill jars with raw fruit, cut side down, and add hot water, juice, or syrup, leaving -inch headspace.

Adjust lids and process.

Processing directions for canning peaches in a boiling-water canner are given in Table 1.

Processing directions for canning peaches in a dial- or weighted-gauge canner are given in Table 2 andTable 3.

Table 1. Recommended process time for Peaches, halved or sliced in a boiling-water canner.
Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of PackJar Size0 - 1,000 ft1,001 - 3,000 ft3,001 - 6,000 ftAbove 6,000 ft
Hot
Pints 
Quarts
20 min
25
25 
30
30
35
35
40
Raw
Pints 
Quarts
25
30
30
35
35
40
40
45

Table 2. Process Times for Peaches (Halved or Sliced) in a Dial-Gauge Pressure Canner.
 Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of
Style of PackJar SizeProcess Time (Min)0 - 2,000 ft2,001 - 4,000 ft4,001 - 6,000 ft6,001 - 8,000 ft
Hot and
Raw
Pints or 
Quarts
106789

Table 3. Process Times for Peaches (Halved or Sliced) in a Weighted-Gauge Pressure Canner.
 Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of
Style of PackJar SizeProcess Time (Min)0 - 1,000 ftAbove 1,000 ft
Hot and
Raw
Pints or
Quarts
10510


This document was adapted from the "Complete Guide to Home Canning," Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, USDA, revised 2009.

Reviewed November 2009.


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