Going to can some peaches? Learn what peaches are good for canning and what makes them good for it.
Many people love to can peaches.
Peaches are one of those fruits that we don't have year round. In the winter time they are missed. So canning is a great way to enjoy that summer flavor. Its much better than buying store bough canned peaches.
What Variety/Type of Peach is Best for Canning?
I think when it comes down to choosing peaches for canning, the only thing to really be concerned with are matters of convenience. Here is a list of things I look for in peaches I would can.
Freestone Peaches are Easiest to Can
It is a lot easier to prepare a lot of peaches for canning if they are freestone peaches, which means the stones or pits are easily removed. If I am canning a ½ bushel of peaches I don't want to be having to spend time cutting around the pit.
The freestone peaches typically take longer to ripen than clingstone, so you want to wait later in the season to can your peaches. Plus I think it's a good idea to just enjoy the fresh peaches while they are available and can some at the end of the season.
Now when it comes down to particular freestone varieties, any variety will work. Any peach that you can pick yourself would be a great option, because you can get a lot for your money that way.
Choose Large Peaches
If you buy small peaches it will just increase your work of peeling and taking out pits. It's best to choose larger varieties.
Red Haven peaches may a good choice, because they are one of the most popular peaches, so it's easier to be able to pick them yourselves or be able to buy them in mass quantities.
Another reason I like Also red havens are a good size peach. You really don't want to use small peaches because it's going to be a lot more work.
Downside of the Red Haven is that some years the flesh can stick to the pit somewhat and they aren't truly freestone. But every peach that ripens after a Red Haven will be a true freestone.
Best Freestone Peaches for Canning
Here is a list of other varieties that are freestone and great to can.
- Red Globe
- Canadian Harmony
Peach Resists Browning
Another thing you want to look is if you can find a peach that doesn't turn brown when cut. This will make your canned peaches more attractive. Not a necessity, but we do eat with our eyes so keep that in mind.
The Cresthaven variety is an example of a peach that is resistant to browning. If you can't find a variety that says it's resistant you can always use citric acid or lemon juice to prevent browning.
Chose Firm Not Mealy Peaches
When you can peaches you want them to be ripe, but firm, and not mealy. I choose to can peaches that are ripe enough to give to gentle pressure.
One of the problems with grocery store peaches near the end of the season is that they are in cold storage too long and then to be mealy. If you want to can peaches form the store do so earlier in the season. When we get into August and September, it's best to buy s directly from the source as you can.
Where is the best place to buy a good peach? Click here to read my article on shopping for peaches.