Canning peaches: some jars have air in them - is that ok?

Commerce City, CO

I've always done a hot water bath - scared of the pressure cooker.

I did a few peaches last year in pints. This year I decided to do more peaches in quarts. When I pulled a couple of jars out of the water path, I thought they were "spitting". Now (I don't know if it's the same jars), There are several jars with air in them. Is that ok?

Did it happen if I filled the jars too full? or didn't get enough air out when I put in the syrup?

I generally freeze stuff, and when I've canned, it's jam or tomato juice - so I'm not sure about having fruit with air space under the seal.


Thanks for any help
Mary

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

Do you mean you have air bubbles in the liquid? Sometimes you can tip the jars to release the bubbles into the headspace. Did you run a knife or thin spatula down the sides of the jars before putting your lids on? That will release a lot of excess air before processing.

Commerce City, CO

No, it's not bubbles in the liquid. There's a space of air in the sealed jar. I guess from what you said, I think the head space is too large.

yes, I did run a knife down the sides of the jars before the lids went on.


How much head space in the sealed jar would you think is ok?

Mary

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

If you did a cold pack, the peaches will shrink during the processing and your head space will be larger than a hot pack. I think as long as the peaches are covered with liquid you're fine.

Commerce City, CO

Thanks!!!

I was just looking at my jars to be sure the liquid covered the peaches....

Mary

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