19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, September 14, 1914: Did the washing this morning, while mother canned peaches. I helped eat some, too.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Here are the directions in a hundred-old-cookbook for canning peaches:
4 pounds peaches
2 pounds sugar
1 pint water
Pare peaches and cook in sugar and water, either whole or in halves, until tender. Arrange in jars, fill with syrup, and seal.
Pears, pineapples, and plums are canned in the same way as peaches.
Lowney’s Cook Book (1907)
I hope that Grandma’s mother was already very knowledgeable about canning because this recipe does not give me anywhere near enough information to even begin trying to can peaches.