T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fruits of My Labor...

It's that time of year again...

Peach canning!!!

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?!?)

10 comments:

Katie said...

Ohh, looks so yummy! My mom cans (or buys) homemade pomegranate jelly. I always get one sent home with me and it's gone so fast. Need my address? Wink, wink!

Ally said...

Those peaches look so good! I would love to start canning, but I'm a little intimitated by it.

Jason and Claire said...

That looks and sounds delicious. I'm impressed. I have bought all my canned stuff and yours looks so yummy homemade.

Also, congrats on the A!!! I can't say I'm surprised.

You mentioned your mom helping. Does she live near you? How is she?

septembermom said...

How wonderful! Those peaches do look yummy :) You must have had fun with your Mom.

Jenny said...

Yum, I am not a big fan of peaches, but I love peach jam..I'm weird I know ;)

Nina said...

I love fresh peaches. I still want to do some canning from my garden. I just have to plot out a time to get it done.

Jenners said...

You just amaze me with all the stuff you do!!!

Kim said...

You never cease to amaze me. I can't believe all the stuff you do on top of being a mom, a wife, a student and a all the other things I'm sure I don't know about. I'll bet your jam is awesome. Shaune picked up some peaches from a local grower today and is planning on making peach crumble - heaven:)

zombiemom said...

Pick your own is a great site, I've used it for many recipes.
I've just ordered two cases of hand picked peaches from an orchard in Utah.
I am making only jam and pie filling this year as I still have peaches left over from last year!
I think it's a good thing to keep in practice. Good job!

mitchsmom said...

So cool!