Millions of Peaches

22 Sep

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Peach Butter from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving

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Peach Salsa

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Brandied Peaches from The Preservation Kitchen

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

~Robin

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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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