Millions of Peaches

22 Sep


I wanted to take my quest to can seasonal food to the hyper-local level. With that goal in mind I romped a few hundred feet up the hill to my friend Sarah’s house armed with a fruit picker. Sarah’s house has a peach tree growing in her yard that caught the attention of a local bear last year. She offered free fruit to anyone willing to pick it before the bears found it again.


As it turns out I didn’t even need the fruit picker. All it took was a sturdy shake, and the tree rained peaches. Within a few minutes I had more peaches than I knew what to do with.


I learned the hard way that preserving a five gallon bucket’s worth of tiny peaches is an enormous undertaking. If you’re going to try it you had better be committed (to the task, but possibly also to a place with padded walls). Blanching and coring them was a huge pain. These little peaches aren’t the freestone variety that you find in the supermarket, so getting the pit to surrender the fruit is easy as ripping a chronically bored teenager away from their smartphone.

I froze a few pounds for smoothies but the rest of that five gallon bucket went into cans.


Peach Butter from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving


Peach Salsa


Brandied Peaches from The Preservation Kitchen


Andy is excited for peaches. I’m still exhausted by the very thought of them.



2 Responses to “Millions of Peaches”

  1. Mara Dale September 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Trade you some dried Gala apples for something of those peaches!

    On Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM, Without a Map

  2. Mara September 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Trade you some dried Gala apples for something of those peaches!

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