This month, I tried my hand at hot pack canning. I have not had much experience with it, so it was a challenge. I decided to try making peaches in syrup with amaretto because a friend gave me a big bag of peaches from her tree. But I ran into a number of issues, first some of the peaches were too ripe so they got a little mushy after I peeled them and didn’t look nice in the jar. Then even after I packed them tightly in the jar, the peaches floated to the top!
Next I tried another recipe from my Italian Preserving cookbook, Hot and Sweet Pickled Peppers. These were also challenging. The recipes calls for adding a tablespoon of oil to each jar, but when I removed the jars from the water bath they were greasy. Again, I want to try again to feel more confident with my hot packing skills!