Canning, once again.

This past Sunday I canned four quarts of peaches.  We’ve had the peaches in our room and it was smelling rather peachy, but I guess not peachy enough.

I had a few bumps and I’m not posting pictures because they don’t look too appetizing, though I’m sure they’ll taste fine in a pie or cobbler.

First bump: I don’t think they were as ripe as they needed to be. Plus, since they were so green when I bought them, the texture of the peaches was off. I’ve had this happen before where a peach should be so good, but the texture is just a little strange.
So they peaches I canned were a little stringy, but they still tasted just fine, just a little different than the kind from the store.

Second bump: I filled the jars too full and they didn’t seal the first time and I had an overflow of juice and peaches when I opened them to reseal ’em. I then had to remove some peaches and seal them again. Luckily, they did seal the second time, just rather low, so maybe they would have been fine had they set. I don’t know. I think next year I’m going to fill them a little lower and see how that works.

Other than that I had made just enough syrup and had just enough peaches for four jars, except what I removed and ate, which made me happy. (I didn’t want a lot of excess syrup or not enough because that would have taken time to make another batch. )

Once I get a pastry cutter, and a deeper pie plate, I’m going to make a peach or apple pie. I just hope my first attempt at pie crust works out well.

Pie crusts intimidate me,  so any tips are welcomed.

6 Responses to “Canning, once again.”

  1. Anna Says:

    Are you going to try the Pioneer Woman’s recipe?

    Pie crusts intimidate me too… It was really bad, basically the crust wouldn’t roll and crumbled to bits or stuck to the wax paper when I added water. Go figure.

  2. Anna Says:

    Maybe if you win the Jo-Ann’s Gift Card Give Away at CottonCostumes.wordpress.com you can get the pie pan. They had some on sale last time I was there. Nice ceramic ones. (But they were printed with recipes).

  3. Carolyn Says:

    I will buy you a pie pan. YOU must make me the 1st pie for payment 🙂 I like apple, I will provide pie pan and ice cream. When can we met up?

  4. Lacey Says:

    Works for me.

    Jon would only eat one piece, the girls would share one piece and that would leave 6 pieces for me.

    I’d be happy to share the weight gain…er, I mean pie.

  5. Bethany (North) Blackham Says:

    I cheat, I use the pillsbury premade ones, I like them and I don’t have a great recipe yet so it’s the one I use.

    The peach pie recipe I used was this one
    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Peach-Pie/Detail.aspx

    So yummy, only 5 peaches filled my deep dish though. Just don’t make two pies at the same time, the dough didn’t cook well on the bottom for me.

  6. Amber @ Soggy Cheerios Says:

    My pie crust tips:
    use ice water for the water part

    make a 1 1/2 recipe for one crust- or 2 1/2 recipe for two crusts, then you don’t have to roll it out too much to get the right size.

    Extra crust is delicious with some butter and cinn/sugar then bake for 10ish minutes.