We had canned peaches for dessert often. I thought it was because they were cheap. You are right they were very sweet. Yep everything was boiled. I hated what I called KP duty we had to peel so many potatoes for our meal. There were 3 adults and 9 kids in our house. The boys never had to help with these tasks. It used to make me so mad. I said I would rather take the rubbish bins out, it would be better than peeling potatoes.
My husband had 3 brothers and no sisters. They washed the dishes after meals!