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Avoid Canning White Peaches

A Taste

For Nutrition

By Kimberly Fox, Extension Agent

Family Nutrition Program (SNAP-Ed)/Family and Community Wellness

 

Avoid Canning White Peaches

You may be considering the idea of food preservation soon, in hopes to have your shelves packed full of canned goods by the time winter is here.  This is a wonderful idea in many respects.  You will be able to know exactly what is going into your canned goods, and you can use produce you grew or perhaps bought at a lower price because it is considered an in season fruit or vegetable. 

 

There is one particular fruit that has been cautioned against any type of canning.  This happens to be white fleshed peaches.  The reason for this is that some white fleshed peaches have a natural pH above 4.6, which means it is unsafe to preserve them in a water bath.  At this time, there is not an appropriate pressure canning method to affectively kill the potentially deadly bacteria.  Because of this, freezing is the recommended preservation method at this time.

 

This is also a great time to remember the importance of using up-to-date, research based recipes.  If your canning recipe is a family heirloom, put it in a frame, do not use it to preserve food for your family.  Because canning regulations have changed so drastically over the years, many of these old recipes are not safe. 

 

Keep in mind that there are only two safe methods for canning; water bath and pressure canning.  Any recipe that includes a dishwasher, microwave, or oven is not an effective canning method.  Using these methods can cause severe illness or death.  While the side effects are serious, many believe that if they have not gotten sick yet, they should be fine.  Unfortunately, all fruits and vegetables do not carry the same amount of bacteria, and many processes are not made to kill harmful bacteria.  What may be fine once, may not be the next time around.

If you are needed a safe, research based food preservation recipe, please call the NDSU Extension office in Benson County at (701)473-5363.

Below is a recipe to use your fresh peaches.  Enjoy!

 

Eagles Nest

 

Ingredients

  • 2 peach halves
  • 2 tablespoons cottage cheese, low-fat (1 ounce)
  • 1/2 tablespoon raisins

 

Directions: 

Wash hands; get out ingredients and utensils. Place one peach half, cut side up, in center of plate for nest.  Place 1 Tablespoon of cottage cheese in center of nest.  Place raisins on cottage cheese to make eggs.  Enjoy your Eagle Nest.

Makes 1 serving.  Each serving contains 134 calories, 0 grams of fat, 126 mg sodium, 37 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, and 5 grams protein.

Sources:

  • National Center for Home Food Preservation, Peaches- Halved or Sliced, June 2018
  • Chickasaw Nation Get Fresh! Nutrition Education Program
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