How to Make Your Own Canning Syrup

Make your own canning syrup and you'll better preserve all your favorite fruits. Learn how with this excerpt from the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning.

| July 13, 2011

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    Raspberries are just one of many fruits you can better preserve with homemade canning syrup, which helps maintain a fruit's color, shape and texture.
    Photo By Matka_Wariatka
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    Different fruits demand different syrups. Use this chart to make the syrup that's best for you and your fruit.
    Chart from United States Department of Agriculture

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  • Syrup_Chart

When storing fruits for an extended period of time, canning syrup can make the difference between a perfectly plump, scrumptious peach, and a shriveled, colorless pulp. And if you make your own syrup, you can save calories by selecting a lighter type to use for your canning, instead of the heavy syrups in which fruits are typically packed. This prevents the addition of extra calories from an unnecessary amount of sugar. This helpful excerpt from the United States Department of Agriculture's Complete Guide to Home Canning you'll learn the benefits of canning fruits with homemade syrup. Use this and our other canning resources to stock up after your harvest.

The following is an excerpt from the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, detailing why and how you should make canning syrup to preserve your fruit.  

Adding syrup to canned fruit helps to retain its flavor, color, and shape. It does not prevent spoilage of these foods. The following guidelines for preparing and using syrups offer a new “very light” syrup, which approximates the natural sugar content of many fruits. The sugar content in each of the five syrups is increased by about 10 percent. See a detailed chart in the Image Gallery for the quantities of water and sugar needed to make enough syrup for a canner load of pints or quarts, provided for each syrup type. Decide which type best suits your purpose by using the descriptions below. Be sure to check out the Image Gallery for a detailed chart on how to prepare each syrup type.

Syrup Types

Very Light: Approximates natural sugar level in most fruits and adds the fewest calories.



Light: Very sweet fruit. Try a small amount the first time to see if your family likes it.

Medium: Sweet apples, sweet cherries, berries, grapes.






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