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The girls had their first day of school yesterday so as per our family tradition, we went to BYU Creamery for some ice-cream! I didn’t feel like cooking dinner so we also grabbed some burgers, fries & even soda as well at the diner which the kids were very happy about.
I still can’t believe how fast this Summer went by. Do you feel like it went by fast for you? Every mom I’ve talked to has told me the same thing, how this Summer went by faster than any Summer they’ve ever had! Part of me has been very excited and a part of me has been a little sad about how fast Summer went by. There were so many things we didn’t get to do such as camping a ton! By the time I realized Summer is almost over and we only had 2 weeks of Summer vacation left, we went and did a lot of fun stuff such as going to the Leonardo Museum, swimming, and we even squeezed in a little camping trip this past weekend, the weekend before school started.
Some things I will miss about Summer are drinking smoothies as breakfast and lunch with my kids because it’s so hot you don’t have an appetite, eating popsicles outside in our front yard while sitting on the grass, and all the fresh fruit! Wait, why are all these about food? Haha. So I thought a great way to preserve the memory of the awesome Summer we’ve had is to can some peaches we’ve been eating like crazy this Summer.
So I’ve partnered with Ace Hardware and they sent me a Ball® 21 Quart Electric Canner, canning jar lifter and a ball 12 oz. jars so I can can peaches! Canning has always sounded very intimidating to me and I thought it was like a whole day process, but turns out it only takes about an hour or two! It was so much easier and less intimidating than I thought.
Canning Peaches(adapted from here)
- 2 lbs peaches, per quart (up to 3 lbs)
- 2 1⁄4cups sugar
- 5 1⁄4cups water
- Wash jars and bands in hot, soapy water. Cover lids with hot water according to package directions. Place jars on rack in deep pot of boiling water. Turn off heat and let jars stand in hot water 10 minutes or until ready to fill.
- To prepare peaches: Wash peaches; dip in boiling water for 30 seconds, then drop in ice water to loosen skins. Remove skins. Cut in half; remove pits and scrape away the red fibers around the pit, which can darken during storage.
- Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Keep syrup hot. Drain peaches. Pack peach halves, cut-side down, into hot jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Add hot syrup to within 1/2 inch of rim. Remove air bubbles with a nonmetallic spatula and add additional syrup, as needed.
- Wipe jar rims and threads. Place lids and bands on jars. Place jars on rack in deep stockpot of hot water from step 1. Cover, bring to a boil and process 25 minutes for pints, 30 minutes for quarts. Remove jars from hot water and place, not touching, on dish towel. Cool several hours or overnight. Test seals before storing.
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