Peach Problems

grlsixxJuly 8, 2012

Hi all,

Tried to can peaches for the first time (usually just make a bunch of jam), and ran into a few problems:

First batch was raw pack slices in light syrup in pints, since I wanted firm peaches. I know the preferred method is hot pack, but after researching on this forum I thought I would be more pleased with raw pack. All 8 pints siphoned terribly. Lost about an 1 1/2" of syrup on most jars. Peaches are floating about 1 1/2" from bottom of jar (I know- peaches float). There are small white bubble / froth around some of the peaches in the jar. They all sealed. I must have over-packed the jars? I opened the worst siphoned jar this morning and the peaches are just mush. Really soft. What would cause the white foaminess?

Frustrated, I took a break and finished canning this morning. I tried a second batch of peaches, this time hot-pack quarters in medium syrup in pint jars. I was being really careful not to overpack the peaches. The peaches were large. I fit about 8 or 9 quarters per jar. The peaches came up to the shoulders of the jar, filled with syrup to 1/2" hs. Same thing happened! Siphoning caused about 1 1/2" liquid loss on most (not all) jars. I have the same 1 1/2" peach float. A few are a little foamy (where there is no liquid). The jars are still cooling, but they appear to have sealed.

What am I doing wrong? Please help. I would love to have canned peaches that I can be proud of!



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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

The peaches came up to the shoulders of the jar

For starters that sounds over-packed to me.

After filling with the syrup are you running the plastic spatula around inside to get the air all out? If not it can foam. And if you pour it in too fast it can foam.

More importantly are you BWB processing or pressure canning? Siphoning is a pressure canning thing. Boil over is what happens with BWB processing.

Then there is the bands on right issue - bands that aren't properly tightened can lead to boil over.


    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 7:13PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Forgot to add - the issue with over-packing is that they swell during processing so you have to leave room in the jar for that to happen. Try filling the jar only 3/4 full with the peach chunks and see if that doesn't solve the problem.


    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 7:15PM
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Thanks for your quick response Dave.

I am BWB processing so I had boil over, didn't know that term (thanks). Liquid spurted out of the jars while they were on the counter. I left the jars in the canner for the full 5 minutes after processing and was very careful to lift straight out. The water in the canner smelled a little peachy.

I did remove all air bubbles prior to sealing. The syrup wasn't foamy in the jar prior to processing. I didn't know that I could pour the syrup in too fast. I will be more mindful of that in the future.

I tightened the bands as I understand "finger tip tight". This is my 15th canning season, so I think I got that part right.

I must have over-packed. I was following the directions in the Ball Complete Book, said to leave generous 1/2" hs with the fruit and 1/2" for syrup. I read a lot about peach float, so must have been packing too tightly. I will try again and follow your advice of filling 3/4 full.

Are the peaches I have already canned safe to keep around (assuming they all seal)? Some of the peaches are above the liquid level.

Ready for the next batch! Will let you know how it goes!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 7:52PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

The peaches that are sealed are fine. But with time the peaches above the liquid will brown, so use those jars first.

Regardless, it's an appearance thing, not a safety issue.


    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 4:52AM
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Thanks for the info Dave & Carol! I did another 16 pints this time very careful to fill only 3/4, and SUCCESS!! Only one jar did not seal and no boil-over. I was definately over packing those jars. Thanks for the help!!


    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 6:21PM
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boy do I wish I read this thread last night. I, too, followed the book and filled to far up and had major siphoning issues.. except, of course for the last jar that had fewer peaches

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:06AM
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