Every year I can peaches and peach jam- mostly for Christmas gifts and the rest for us. I've actually become quite efficient at it these days. It used to take me all day and I would need at least 3 - 4 people helping.
Yesterday, my mom came to help. She was supposed to just be watching T Rex while I worked but she started helping while he napped. Since he took a 2 hour nap, we pretty much finished everything and just had to let the peaches process for 40 minutes. I had already cleaned the jars the night before.
I ordered a case of organic peaches from a local company who delivers right to the door step. I purchased organic sugar from Costco - jam takes about 7 1/2 cups and I used about 4 cups for the sugar syrup for the peaches. A case was roughly 20 lbs and it yielded: 11 cups of jam and 8 jars of peaches. Everything turned out so lovely I might get another case to do more next week. The quality of peaches makes all the difference. I also use "Kerr" brand pectin for the jam - it's never failed me yet and the jam is setting up nicely as of this morning. Always follow the instructions exactly!!! And never double it!
Here is the website I have used for years for all my canning needs.
Because I do so much canning I have a fair stockpile of jars. Plus, I always tell everyone I give jam or peaches to, "If you return the jars, you might get more!" Works like a charm. Remember this if you receive a package with canned goods from me this year!
(P.S. Visit T Rex's blog to see what I mean when I say he loves it! Which, by the way, he still has more followers that me! Is that funny or what?!?)