Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Even More Peaches!

Day 152.

I still have peaches left over from my recent purchase of 25 pounds of them. And I'm tempted to go back for more from my farmer's market.

Today, I peeled and cut them into slices for future use in recipes. More specifically, I'm putting these up for future pies. While I would prefer to pack them dry, I want to avoid freezer burn and keep them in good condition, so I'm packing them in a light sugar syrup. And that works out well for pie peaches. Here's how it's done:

You will need:
  • 8 peaches for each future pie (I'm making enough for two future pies)
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 6 cups of water

Step 1: Prepare the sweetener liquid.

I used plain sugar. Heat 6 cups of water on the stove. Slowly add 2 cups of sugar, stirring constantly, until all the sugar is dissolved. Let this solution cool completely before you add the peaches.

Step 2: Prepare the fruit.

Bring  a pot of water to a boil. Drop peaches in gently and let them boil for 30 to 45 seconds.

Remove with a slotted spoon and immediately submerge the peaches in an ice water bath. Leave them there for a few minutes.

The skin will now slide off easily. Cut off any bruised portions.

Cut the peaches into slices or halves, whichever you prefer. Sprinkle the slices or halves with lemon juice or Fruit Fresh to help them maintain their color.

Step 3: Combine the fruit with the sweetener.

Fill your freezer bags or containers. If using containers, leave 1/2" head space. If using freezer bags, be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing.

Step 4: Label and freeze.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor all year long!


M said...

What a great idea for all your leftover peaches. Now it'll be super easy to make pie.

Mrs. Gumshoe said...

Love your blog! You do a great job explaining and I love the pictures :)

Hillbilly Betty / Waylon Aussies said...

Just discovered you today via NaBloPoMo and I really love your site! Can't wait to poke around and get some great ideas and recipes!

Andrea said...

I'm so jealous of your fresh peaches!!! We won't see a ripe peach here for another few months :( Your peaches look delicious, great idea about packing them in a syrup for pie making. I'd be going back for another 25 lbs of peaches and make jelly or other delighful peachy treats :)

Anonymous said...

Your pictures make me smell peaches (and drool a little...)! Looks yummy!

Kim in CO. :)

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