Canning Peaches with True Value

I’m partnering today with True Value to share some canning tricks and recipe for canning peaches in syrup. Make sure to read through to the end for a chance to win a $50 True Value gift card!Β 

As someone who does a lot of canning, I am often asked about my favorite places to get canning jars and equipment. One of my favorite places to recommend isΒ True Value hardware store. Most locations carry the canning basics (though it’s always a good idea to call your local store and ask about their stock before hopping in the car).

If they don’t have it in stock, you can almost always order the jars online and use their ship-to-store option. That way, you can get exactly what you need, you don’t have to pay for all those heavy jars, and you support a local business.

For this post, I took a little field trip out to a True Value location near me. They had a wide range of jars, as well as pickling salt, basic canning tools, a copy of the latest edition of the Ball Blue Book, and even a replacement pressure canner weight (while it looked like it had been there for awhile, those things don’t expire, so it was still good).

I came home from my outing with three cases of jars (regular mouth half pints, wide mouth half pints, and some of the new smooth-sided pints). I also picked up a new utensil set, some extra lids (because while jars and rings can be used over and over, the flat lids can only be used once), and some pickling salt (I was out!).

Any time you tackle a canning project, you want to take stock of what you have. You’ll need a large pot to serve as your boiling water bath canner (you can find more detail about that here), as well as a rack to drop in the bottom. This lifts the jars off the bottom of the pot and allows the water to circulate. I often use the flexible silicone trivet pictured above, but a round cake cooling rack is also a really good option.

You also need the tools that come in the canning Utensil Kit (jar lifter, wide mouth funnel, and headspace measure), and a heatproof spoon or spatula with which to stir.

When you’re ready to get started, take the jars out of their packaging. Remove the lids and rings and wash the jars, lids, and rings in warm soapy water. I’ve been in the factory where Ball jars are fitted with lids, boxed, and sealed and it not a sterile environment. Those jars my look clean, but they’re filled with factory dust and residue. Wash them.

Once your jars squeaky clean, fit your rack into the bottom of the canning pot and arrange your jars on top. Fill the jars with warm tap water and then fill the pot up to the rims of the jars.

Set that pot on the stove, add a healthy splash of white vinegar (this helps keep your jars and pot clean, and if you have hard water, will prevent any minerals from depositing on your jars). Bring the pot to boil and reduce the heat to your lowest simmer, to keep the jars warm.

The rule of thumb is that hot food needs to go into hot jars. While mason jars are designed to withstand temperature changes of up to 90 degrees F, any more of a change could cause thermal shock which will lead to breakage.

Now that your jars are ready, it’s time to start making your preserve. We’re in the midst of peach season here in Philadelphia and so I opted to make a small batch of preserved peach quarters, packed in a light syrup. For those of you concerned about the amount of sugar, know that it doesn’t really sink into the peaches too much, and will greatly help prevent the peaches from browning. However, if you prefer, you can also pack these peaches in fruit juice.

First, make the syrup. Combine 3 cups of water with 3/4 cups granulated sugar in a 4 quart saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice (this is present to help prevent browning) and bring to a simmer. Stir occasionally to ensure that the sugar dissolves.

Cut three pounds of peaches into quarters, remove the pits, and arrange the peaches in a heatproof baking dish (it’s best to do this in your sink). Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Once it is hot, pour it over the peaches and let them sit for 2-3 minutes.

When the time is up, run cold water over the peaches. Provided that the peaches were ripe enough (peeling underripe peaches is torture), the peels should lift off easily. As you work, gently slide each peeled peach quarter into the hot syrup so that the amount of time the peaches are exposed to the air is limited.

Once all the peaches are peeled and in the pot, bring the syrup to a boil and cook for one minute. Remove the pot from the heat. Pull the hot canning jars out of the canning pot and arrange them on a folded kitchen towel. Position a wide mouth funnel on top of a jar and use a slotted spoon to portion the hot peach quarters into the jars.

Top the jars with syrup and use a utensil like a wooden chopstick or the bubbling tool that comes in the utensil kit to ease out any trapped air bubbles. Fill the jars with syrup, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.

Wipe the rims of the jars with a damp paper towel. Center a clean lid on the jar and apply the ring. Tighten it only until it meets resistance. You don’t want to overtighten it, as that could cause the lid to buckle during processing. Place the jars in the canner, put the lid on, and bring the pot up to a rolling boil. Process the peaches in your canning pot for 20 minutes (if you live at elevations above 1,000 feet, you’ll need to increase your processing time. Check out the chart here).

When the time is up, turn off the heat, pull the canner off the hot burner, and remove the lid. Let the jars cool in the canning pot for five minutes (this helps prevent liquid from siphoning out of the jars and produces a stronger seal). Once that time is up, remove the jars from the pot and set them back on the folded kitchen towel.

Let them cool undisturbed for at least 12 hours. Once that time is up, check the seals. If the lids are concave and seem strongly adhered to the jars, you are good. Wipe any sticky residue off the jars and store in a cool, dark place. For the best quality peaches, eat them within a year.

This post was written in partnership with True Value hardware. As part of our agreement, they gave me $100 to spend on canning gear at my local shop. I only ended up spending about half what they allocated and so I’ve decided to share the remaining $50 True Value gift card with one of you! Please use the widget below to enter.

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102 responses to “Canning Peaches with True Value”

  1. I definitely need a rack to lift the jars of the bottom of the pot, that’s my next purchase. And I need it soon, peach season is upon us!

  2. I would love to find a small stainless steel ladle for jar filling. I have a plastic one now that I love, but wish it was metal for longevity.

  3. I’m probably going to look for a rack that fits my pot better. The one I have was from the Ball starter kit, and while it’s great, it’s a stretch to put 4 jars in at once, and my pot could definitely hold a rack with a bigger diameter.

  4. I would get a new trivet. I have the same silicone one as you but it tends to float around after I take the jars out and I have to use two spoons to flatten it to put the jars back in for processing. I would also like to get some of the colored jars!

  5. You’ll laugh, but I want to add some disposable lids to my canning supplies! I switched to Tatter years ago and love that I reuse them over and over and never have to worry abou tnot having lids (except when I canned up everything I had last year) and that I don’t spend money on lids. But this year I’m going to be gifting to people who may not return lids and also possible selling a few to friends for gifting. So I need disposable lids!

    Heather

  6. Flat lids!! I feel like I always run out “JUST” when I’m ready to take on a new project. I want a stockpile at the ready.

  7. My mom used to can peaches every year, and it was so lovely to eat them in the dead of winter.

    I’d love a silicone trivet; I currently use an old and rusting canning rack that really needs replacing.

  8. I’d always like to add more jars and lids. One thing I’d really like as well is a smaller pot, so when I have small batches I don’t have to lug out the big one.

  9. I’d really like one of those silicone trivets. My mom’s (which may have been her mom’s) canning rack is rusted and just not nice any more.

  10. My local Target has quite a nice selection of canning supplies including some of the fancier things mentioned here. I have a local organic nursery that also has a canning section but he stocks the more basic things.

  11. I really like the silicone trivet. I can already see rust on the cake rack I’ve been using. I could also probably use a real canning pot instead of the big soup pot I’ve been using. Only half pint jars fit well.

  12. I always need more jars and lids though i’m a mutli generation canner as it is a part of life , I give so many away as gifts filled with great goodies , I also always have my eye out for old outdated canners and love to bring these high quality tools back to useful life ,which is really no big feat ,with the parts reddily available often adding a new gasket weight /stem and gauge can save a canner from the recicleing bin and get a beginner started over the biggest hurtle in home canning “affording a pot “

  13. A nicer funnel than the one I have been using, and definitely more jars and lids. I gave so many things away last year that I’m now facing a serious shortage! Thanks for all the fun giveaways, Marisa!

  14. I believe in continued education as there can be changes to the ‘rules’ about canning. I also need a new bubble release wand…..I can’t find mine anywhere!

  15. While I don’t need any jars (I have over 700) I would love to try the new smooth side jars. And I always need lids, lots and lots of lids. This week we will be picking peaches.

  16. Thanks for the simple and useful hint on getting the skin off a small batch of items. I will definitely be using this technique.

  17. I just canned some peaches yesterday, in a light honey syrup. Only 6 quarts and we really savor them in the middle of winter! Love your posts πŸ™‚

  18. Too funny o find this today. I am going to my local hardware store for jars today. Going to make peach blackberry jam.

  19. I always need flat lids and of course pectin! But a headspace measure would also be most helpful! Thank you for the opportunity.

    • In answer to the original question, I don’t have a True Value close to me, but I have a Fleet Farm that has a full range of canning supplies.

  20. While I can always use lids and the various forms of pectin, the thing I really want to add to my food preservation tool kit is learning how to flash freeze.

  21. Thanks for the excellent peach tutorial. I was inspired to try canning peaches — it’s a big hit! So much so, I could use a larger stockpot. As I tend to do small quantities, I’d like one that can accommodate a few pints yet has a small footprint.

  22. canned for the first time today actually- jalapeno peppers- and I think it turned out right. I would like to have the thing to put in the bottom of the pot, today I just used a kitchen towel as a bit of cushioning

  23. One thing I would love to add to my “canning toolbox” is a pressure canner. I have a freezer full of homemade chicken stock and I would love to be able to get it out of the freezer and into jars in my pantry. More realistically, I need lids and pectin, specifically Pomona’s Pectin, for jam making.

  24. This is a welcome post after I couldn’t find any jars in my local stores in my neighbor in philly. I finally checked out a hardware store and they had them!

  25. I would love to add a larger stock of wide mouth jars. I have seen how much easier they can be to fill than the regular mouth jars.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  26. Really would like to start canning with this summer’s awesome harvest at the farmers market!

    We just bought a house this summer, so next summer my garden goes in!

  27. I’ve been canning for a few years now and I never knew a rack was needed at the bottom of the pot for circulation! Eek! Add that to the list.

  28. I actually have a question. Your canned peaches seem to have lots of air bubbles ( the first picture on the top). I canned my peaces for the first time last month and mine is the same way. All well sealed. Is that normal? Safe to eat?

  29. Hi Marisa! I canned some peaches yesterday, and while checking the seals one of the lids was still popped up, however when i ran my finger over it the lid got sucked down and did not pop back up ( I also had a jar of jam that didn’t seal and when I pushed that lid down it popped right back up), i tested it by lifting the jar by the lid and it held. right now the peaches are in the fridge as I’m not sure if the seal is good or not. thoughts?

    As a side, I took your pressure canning class this past spring in Hillsdale, NY and just bought my first pressure canner this past weekend. Can’t wait to start using it.

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