If you are having a hard time finding canning lids, I've used these, and they're a great price & ship in 2 days.Varieties of Peaches for Eating Fresh, Home Canning, Freezing and Preserving.Peaches do not ripen (become more sweet) once picked, they simply soften (due to emzymes and bacterial action).Freestone: As its name implies, the stone is easily removed from this variety, making it a good choice for eating fresh.Although clingstones are tasty eaten fresh, they are seldom found in the local market.Examples of yellow-fleshed peaches include cultivars such as "eLBERTA", "Autumn Gold," "Earligrande," "O'Henry," "Suncrest" and "Tropi-berta.".Common white peach tree cultivars are "Babcock," "Nectar," "Belle of Georgia," and "Arctic Supreme.".Common nectarine varieties include "Arctic Rose," "Harko" and "Panamint.".Peach and Nectarine Varieties for Eating Fresh, Home Canning, Freezing and Preserving.Early season typically means June in the South, July in the North (and colder areas).June Ruby Prince A medium-large attractive clingstone peach with much of the skin having a scarlet red-over-yellow color.June Necatarines Slightly smaller and sweeter than peaches, with smooth skin.The semi-freestone fruit's firm texture and minimal fuzz make it perfect for fresh eating and canning.July Southland Freestone peach with yellow-orange skin that is red covered three quarters of the surface.Yellow flesh with strong infiltration of red near the stone; juicy, sweet flavor.Medium to large, white-fleshed freestone fruit is firm, sweet and juicy with distinctive aroma.July Red Globe A beautiful, large freestone peach that is firm and wonderfully sweet.It is great for fresh eating, canning and making ice cream and pies.July Contender Large, creamy-white flavorful freestone fruit with pink cheeks.July, Aug Jersey Queen A very large freestone fruit with good firmness and color.July Flameprince A very attractive peach with a mostly red over bright yellow skin color.Home Canning Kits This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from peachesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce.This complete kit includes everything you need and lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer, and the bible of canning, the Ball Blue Book.
Edward R. Forte