How to Can Peaches, the USDA Way

Learn the official way to can peaches, and you'll have a tasty and convenient treat for months to come!

| June 30, 2011

Canned peaches are one of the most popular of all preserved fruits, capturing some of summer's warmth and sunshine for a cold winter treat. Use this basic guide to learn how to can peaches safely and put up your own bit of summer.

If you’re new to canning, or are thirsting for additional tips not mentioned in the USDA guide, check out Jackie Clay’s article The ABCs of Canning and Roberta Bailey’s Learn to Can for Homegrown Flavor. You’ll be canning in no time!

The following is an excerpt from the Complete Guide to Home Canning by the United States Department of Agriculture (2009). 


Quantity: An average of 17 1/2 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 11 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints. A bushel weighs 48 pounds and yields 16 to 24 quarts, which is an average of 2 1/2 pounds per quart.

Quality: Choose ripe, mature fruit of ideal quality for eating fresh or cooking.

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