Peachy preserves...

21 April, 2014

Over the Easter break I've been bottling up some summer peach goodness to cheer the winter months ahead.

My stash has gone from this... this.

This year however I've made two significant changes to my preserving method.

Last year when I preserved my peaches I left the skin on as I couldn't be bothered peeling the peaches. This in hindsight was a mistake as the peach texture wasn't as nice with the skin left on. It wasn't bad, but just not as pleasant as it could have been.

So this time I peeled my peaches. I thought using the standard vegetable peeler on the raw fruit, rather than the traditional blanching in hot water then refreshing in cold to peel the skins off, was a little easier.

Here is my pot of peeled peaches.

I then sliced the peeled peaches into thick slices.

Here is another good reason why you thin peaches.

Large vs. tiny peach. Lets see whats inside...

There was easily double the peachy flesh on the large peach vs. the tiny one. I know which one's I'd rather spend my day chopping up.

The second change I made to my preserving strategy was this time I used my pressure canner instead of the water bath method, allowing me to preserve them just in the water they were pre-cooked in with no need to add extra sugar for preservation.

The sliced peaches were topped up with water to just cover, then brought to the boil and simmered for a few minutes until just starting to cook. They were then hot packed in jars and the cooking water added to fill the gaps. Then the jars were pressure canned for 25 minutes.

Now I have peaches to last until the first crops in 2015. (Plus some Granny Smith apples I had lying about.)

It seems a long time away, but I'm sure these will help me get through.


  1. HI I really liked your preserving story. Do the thinned and unthinned fruit taste the same. I kind of think of big peaches being extra watery?
    Renee x
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    1. Cheers Renee! I find the taste much the same. For me peaches tend to be watery when they have had lots of water/rain just prior to picking, which of course most commercial growers tend to encourage as they get more weight and therefore more money for their crop. But for homegrown, and on the same tree experiencing the same growing conditions I didn't find it made a difference.