Just Peachy...

from Myrna...
This recipe from my Better Homes
and Gardens 1962 cookbook uses canned Peaches. I used it for years as we lived out in the country on Lake Superior when I was a young house wife.
No fresh peaches to be had, anywhere. The nearest town was nine miles away and the town had one grocery store. It was a mining company owned town and I tried not to buy there too often. Once a month I would make a trip to Duluth to grocery shop, but still no fresh peaches.
  If you are lucky enough to have home canned peaches use them. If you buy canned peaches try to find the ones packed in syrup as that is what this recipe is designed for.
  It is still a very good pie recipe and I really prefer it to one using fresh peaches. Still warm and topped with a scoop of ice cream it can’t be beat. Do be careful with the almond extract. it is quite strong and a little goes a long way.
Golden Peach Pie
2  1- pound cans sliced peaches
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Dash salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon grated orange peel (can be omitted)
⅛ teaspoon almond extract
 Drain peaches, reserving ½ cup of the syrup. You should have about 2 ⅔ cups of peaches. Combine sugar, flour, nutmeg, and salt. Add reserved syrup. Cook stirring constantly till thickened. 
  Add butter, lemon juice, peel if using, almond extract and peaches. Stir until blended.
Pour into pie shell. Adjust lattice crust. Bake in hot oven (400°) for 40 minutes.
  Pie will be bubbling along the edges. Cool till just warm and serve plain or with ice cream.

from Sue...
We love home-canned peaches. I buy several lugs of Elberta peaches when they come in at our local supermarket in late July or early August. These are “freestone” peaches; and are easy to pit. They have a flavor unlike the “cling” peaches that commercial canners usually use, much better in our opinion. Fully ripe peaches should slip their skins easily, if you are unsure that they are ripe, try one. If it doesn’t slip its skin quickly, let them ripen another day or two at room temperature. This recipe is for light syrup; heavy syrup will make “floating” peaches. This is also a hot pack; raw packs make poor-quality peaches according to Clemson University in South Carolina – home of peach experts.  You can use other preservatives besides Fruit Fresh, following directions on the package, but it is the most readily available around here.
I'm not a "blue-ribbon" canner, we just like to preserve the deliciousness of the season. 
Home Canned Peaches
1 lug Peaches, Elberta (size  60)
3 Tablespoons Fruit Fresh
3 Quarts cool water -- in dish pan with fruit fresh
16 each canning jars, pints with lids
2 1/2 Cups sugar
10 Cups Water -- for syrup
Heat water in a stock pot with a pasta insert if you have one; add peaches and heat for 1 minute, strain, drop into cold water in small dishpan, then peel and halve. Hold in a mixture of 3 quarts cool water with 5 Tbsp Fruit Fresh in large, clean dishpan. Repeat until all are ready. Make sure all the pieces are covered well with Fruit Fresh, plunging the newest ones down into mixture. (If you plan to can pints and have one canner, you may want to stop with ½ of the lug, can them, and then get the rest ready).  Don't fill jars until you are ready to put them in the canner immediately.
Heat water in a boiling water bath canner. Heat the sugar and water for syrup in a stock pot or jelly pan. Add enough peaches for a canner load (about 7-8 halves per pint) and heat 5 minutes in syrup. In small saucepan, heat water to a simmer, add and hold lids for 5-10 minutes.
In hot, clean jars, pack fruit, pit side down, (use a teaspoon stuck into the pit side to place them in the jar quickly and easily), cover with syrup with 1/2 inch headspace; remove bubbles; wipe off rim; cap and place in canner. Process for 20 minutes for pints or 25 minutes for quarts at 1000’ altitude in a boiling water bath canner. Cool on a folded towel (I put the towel on a half-sheet pan so I can move it).
A size 60 lug holds 60 peaches or 2 canner loads of pints. (There are 40 peaches in a size 40 lug – about 2 ½ peaches per jar.  I usually slice the large peaches so I can get them in the jar). A lug will make about 8+ quarts or 16-17 pints.
August 2009 Cost: $18.40 or $ 1.06 per pint jar.  Cost in 2010:  $16.49 or $.95 per pint jar.
Yield: "15-16 Pint Jars"
Check Home Canning Information for additional help.


My Husband and I canned 52 pints of peaches from the 3 lugs pictured.  We ran 2 water-bath canners (I use 20 Qt. Stainless stockpots with racks in them).  The peaches were perfect, and we didn't waste one. 

2 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh!! My mouth is watering! What great peaches and what a great post! Thank you. dkc

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  2. I love canned peaches - especially over cottage cheese! Peach pie is also one of my favorites - peach cobbler next. I will eat peaches in just about any form - canned, frozen, dried....... Now I sound like Forrest Gump "fried shrimp, sauteed shrimp..." hahaha! Thanks for all the information in this post!

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