All Peached Out

Whew!  I brought 3 bushels of peaches home on Thursday.  Friday we canned the bruised ones but the rest were too green.  Saturday they were looking pretty good but we had a family gig most of the day followed by church in the evening.  That takes us to Sunday morning.  Early Sunday morning followed Sunday afternoon followed by a nap.

32 quarts of peaches, 17 quarts of pie filling, 6 pints of peach salsa, 4 pints of peach and dewberry jam, 7 gallons of frozen peaches, we gave away peaches to family and ate so many we all foundered.  There may have also been a peach daiquiri in there too…

What’s the fun of working if there is no reward for hard work?  What sounds good to you?  I say we have peach sundaes on homemade goat milk ice cream piled on top of waffles!

…or if you’re 7 you can scoop it up into a waffle cone.  The kids were pretty well peached out at this point and opted for chocolate syrup and carmel on their ice cream.

I have done harder work.  I have worked longer hours.  But standing in a hot kitchen on a hot day holding hot, sticky peaches wears on the body.  Mom reminded me that the old timers would put up 100 quarts of everything.  Here’s to the old timers.  Thanks to mom and Aunt Marion for helping out this weekend.

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9 thoughts on “All Peached Out

    • It was a lot of fun. A lot of work but a lot of fun. Hope the jars last until January. We may eat them all before December.

      Hope to find pears soon. We got a good crop from a friend last year but I’m not sure the fruit survived the beetles this year.

  1. How did I miss the waffles and ice cream? Not that I need anything more with peaches, just curious. Also, as Aunt Marion said, its not the hundred number. You put things up until you get done. Time to get the apple drops so we start fresh in her orchard. 🙂

  2. we did peaches this weekend too! you put us to shame though, we did about 10 jars of salsa and froze about 6 gallons. we both decided peaches are really hard to preserve–hard to peel, and very slippery. the pigs got about 2 buckets of bruised peaches. i think it was the best day of their life so far.

  3. This is great motivation to get canning! I always feel like it’s worth BUYING stuff at farmers markets and stuff to get more put away, but seems like I don’t ever do it. Maybe this year…

    • Go for it! If you can find the right vendor you’ll find the right price for a quantity you can handle. You may also find a local supplier for other things you need.

      We always enjoy canning fruit more than canning other things. I’ve snapped a lot of beans in my time. You might start by making a few jars of jam.

  4. You asked how I process our peaches. Not as much variety as yours. We canned 124 quarts of peaches and I made 56 pints of peach jelly. The quarts will be divided between us and David and Sherry as they helped do the canning. I usually do 63 quarts each summer, but have a source of free peaches this year. We have enough peaches to do about 50 more quarts.

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