A year ago I began my adventure in canning. I was nervous and excited all at the same time.
What if I didn't can correctly?
What if the jars didn't seal correctly?
What if I ended up making my family sick?
So many questions!
I started out canning peaches. I foolishly bought 75 lbs to start. Not a good idea. I should have started with 25 lbs. I was absolutely exhausted by the time I finished and I wasted several because I didn't get take them out of the box and get them processed in time. Lesson learned.
After I canned the peaches, I bought more peaches and canned again. I ended up with about 70 quarts last year. With four children, those 70 quarts didn't last long. I ended up rationing them so they would last at least nine months.
After I canned both batches of peaches, I started to get some confidence. I canned pickles, green beans, stewed tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, pears, strawberry jam, grape jelly, grape juice, beef broth, chicken broth, black beans, applesauce and this spring I was brave enough to can chicken.
Yesterday I started canning peaches. I, again, bought 75 lbs, but this time it did not intimidate me.
Here is where I find my recipe for canning peaches - www.pickyourown.org
When I process my peaches, I use the recipe for the light syrup and I don't always put in the amount of sugar they suggest. I usually put in less.
If you live in the State of Tennessee, or surrounding States, check Bulk Natural Foods' website to see if there is a co-op pick location near you.