Sugar Syrup For Canning

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Sugar syrup is used primarily in canning fruits.  It’s easy and fast to make.  I will list the different strengths of syrup you may want to make for different projects and the approximate yield.  Deciding how much you need for a given recipe is (I’ve found) a guessing game.  There are a lot of variables such as how much fruit you put in each jar, whether the fruit is diced or in large chunks, and how many jars you end up filling which depends on the same variables.  When I am going to can a big batch of peaches or pears I start off making a triple batch of syrup because I nearly always need at least that much.  If you run out in the middle of your project it is very easy to make more.  So don’t let yourself get too worried.  If you make too much you can store the extra syrup in the fridge indefinitely or if you prefer you can put the extra in a jar and can it to use later.
I have never used a heavy syrup for my peaches and pears.  I usually use either a light or an extra light syrup.  The sugar syrup helps to maintain the fruit quality and color as it sits in your pantry.  You can also use fruit juice or plain water, but I prefer the more traditional sugar syrup.  It is all a matter for your personal preference.
General instructions:
1.  Choose a pot that will acomodate the quantity of syrup you are going to make.
2.  Measure the sugar into the pot.
3.  Measure the corresponding amount of water into the pot and stir really well.
4.  Put it on the stove on high heat and bring it to a boil while stirring it.
5.  By the time it comes to a boil the sugar should be well dissolved, it is ready for use.
List of syrup types and the ratio of water to sugar for each one:
Type of syrup:     % of sugar     Sugar                    Water                         Yield of syrup
Extra-Light            20                   1 1/4 cups            5 1/2 cups               6 cups
Light                          30                   2 1/4 cups            5 1/4 cups              6 1/2 cups
Medium                    40                   3 1/4 cups            5 cups                      7 cups
Heavy                        50                   4 1/4 cups            4 1/4 cups              7 cups

4 thoughts on “Sugar Syrup For Canning

  1. Gail Gardner

    Do you try to find pure cane sugar or does beet sugar work just as well? I know for baking beet sugar isn’t as desirable. I prefer to avoid it whenever possible because roughly half the beet sugar crop is GMO. You can usually tell the difference because cane sugar is finer and less sparkly than beet sugar. If the package doesn’t specify pure cane sugar it is more than likely beet sugar.

  2. angelina Post author

    I can’t afford organic sugar unfortunately. I nearly always use cane sugar because of the prevalent use of GMO beets for beet sugar. Glad I’m not the only one who is aware of that.

  3. Katie Wayland

    I am planning on making your spiced pear recipe this fall, and then I found this page with all of the different syrups on it. Very helpful-thank you so much! So I have one question- the extra light syrup makes about 6 cups. Approximately how many quarts of pears would that cover? I know everyone packs jars slightly differently, just a ball park estimate. Thanks for sharing these recipes!!

  4. angelina Post author

    Hi Katie! I don’t have an estimate for you. I haven’t made these in a long time (now I’m thinking I should do this one again!) so I don’t have a good ball park to give you. I will say that the many times I made this I simply started off with a double batch of syrup and then made more as I needed it because it’s pretty fast to make the syrup. With most canning recipes I find that no matter how much brine or syrup a recipe calls for, I need more.

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