Guide to Canning Peach Juice

The summer brings in so many fond memories.  From running around the pool in the hot sun to savoring fresh fruit straight from the tree or local farms.

The memory is so fond in our house, we decided we needed to have our own small orchard to capture those yummy flavors in our home all year.  We put in our little orchard several years ago and started getting fruit 2-3 years later.

Canning peach juice is a great was to preserve those summer peaches even during the colder months.

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    When I say we started getting fruit, I mean we got so much fruit we weren't entirely sure what to do with it all.  Yes, we ate a lot.  We also dehydrated the fruit and freeze dried a lot of the fruit.  But we were looking for other ways to enjoy our bounty.

    Each year we steam juice grapes and thought, why couldn't we also steam juice our peaches to make peach juice for use throughout the year.

    And that is exactly what we did.  We learned how to make canned peach juice and turned it into a simple homemade peach juice recipe.  Now we are sharing that recipe and steps to create it with you.

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    Equipment Needed to Steam Juice Peaches

    Making peach juice is a simple process, but there are a few things you'll need in order to do it. 

    First, you'll need a juicer/steamer. Using a juicer/steamer will give you the quickest results. It will also save you time and effort in the long run because you can also make peach sauce from your leftover pulp.

    You'll also need a Water Bath Canner.  This will be used after you steam and can the juice in  sanitized quart mason jars.  

    homemade peach juice

    Selecting the Perfect Peaches

    The quality and ripeness of your peaches will directly impact the taste and flavor of your finished product, so it's important to choose wisely. Look for peaches that are firm yet slightly yielding to the touch, with a vibrant color and a sweet aroma. Avoid peaches that feel overly soft or have any bruising or blemishes. 

    By carefully selecting the juiciest, most flavorful peaches, you'll set the stage for a truly delicious batch of peach juice. We have had some batches of peaches that were tart or bland and the juice is tart or bland.  You can always add a sweetener like sugar or honey to the juice later, but starting with the best really does make a difference.

    Preparing the Peaches

    Start by giving the peaches a thorough wash under cool running water. This helps remove any dirt or debris that may be clinging to the surface. 

    Next, it's time to remove the skin. We blanch our peaches in hot water for 30-45 seconds to loosen the skin.  Then place them in cold water and peel the skins off.  This is a quick way to remove the skins.

    Finally, we remove the pits. Cut each peach in half along the natural indentation and twist the halves in opposite directions to separate them. Use a spoon or your fingers to scoop out the pit from the center. 

    canned peach juice recipe

    Making the Peach Juice:

    Bring water to a boil in a Steam Juicer. Then, place the peaches in the steamer. Make sure the stopper is on the hose and you've placed a mason jar under the hose in case of any dripping.

    Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Allow the grapes to simmer for about 30-45 minutes, feel free to smoosh them down occasionally.

    Once there is juice in the bottom of the juicer, open stopper and run juice through the hose into the mason jar. Fill the jar to about 1/2" from the top. Clean the top of the jar and place jar lid and ring on the jar.

    Repeat this process until you have enough jars to fill your Water Bath Canner.

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    Canning the Peach Juice

    Water bath can your peach juice for 10 minutes for 2000 ft elevation.  Making sure the jars have 1" water over the top.

    Remove from water and place on a towel on the countertop.  Allow them to sit for 24 hours.  Label and store jars in a cool dry area until ready to use.

    steam juicing peaches

    Now you have several jars of delicious, homemade peach juice ready to add to any meal, any time during the year.  Our kids love to go down and pick their favorite juice to have with our Sunday dinner.  Whether they pick peach juice, apple juice or grape juice, we know they are getting high quality and nutritious juice straight from the source.

    Make sure to print off the recipe below for your next peach harvest.

    Canning peach juice is a great was to preserve those summer peaches even during the colder months.

    Video:  How to Make Peach Juice with a Steam Juicer

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