Peaches, Peaches, Peaches

peach jam I love to buy fruit and veg from the farmer’s market if I can, but sometimes such a good deal comes along at the grocery store, I just can’t pass it up. This week at one of our local grocery stores, they had organic peaches for $1 a pound. I just couldn’t beat that price anywhere else, so my hubby and eldest son went and snagged 25 pounds. I had big plans for putting them up for the winter. Yesterday morning I got a bunch of peach jam made and the afternoon and evening were spent blanching, peeling, slicing and freezing peaches. I absolutely love a good bargain especially when it comes to organic fruit and veg. Now that summer is winding down, it’s nice to see the pantry and freezer being filled with yummy things for the winter. I’m hoping I can get a good deal on corn this coming weekend at the farmer’s market. Then I’ll put my kids to work, good thing they like shucking corn.

food • Thursday, September 17th, 2009 • 9 Comments »
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9 Responses to “Peaches, Peaches, Peaches”

  1. brandy says:

    That’s a fantastic deal! There is no fruit better than a peach. Maybe it’s my southern roots. The smell is HEAVENLY! Every summer I mean to make peach jam… and I never do… I never have. How do you make your jam? And what else do you do with them? Maybe I’ll give it a go after all!

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  2. Jennifer says:

    This was the first time I ever made peach jam, and since I don’t have any canning jars at the moment, I just put the whole batch in the fridge. My husband assures me that he and the kids will eat the whole batch. I just prepared the other peaches to freeze so that I can pull them out and do whatever I want with them in the winter, cobblers, smoothies, peach ice cream etc. Oh, and making the jam was seriously easy. Let me know if you need any specifics, I’d be happy to give you any info I have.

  3. mark says:

    Peach jam, sounds amazing. Would love to see you put some of your recipes on your blog. Thanks.

  4. brandy says:

    Thanks so much for replying! You’re so sweet. I’m thinking I’ll be adding some peach “putting up” to my weekend plans. Probably just stuff to put in the freezer though. Not sure if I’m up to figuring out how to use my canner this weekend with everything else I need to get done. What did you do to them to freeze them for pies and cobblers?

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  5. Jennifer says:

    Different people freeze fruit different ways, and I am in no way an expert, but this is how I’ve done it for several years. I cut a little x in the bottom of the peach and then toss them in boiling water for approx. 30-60 seconds. Then I take them out and put them in ice water, this makes it super easy to peel the skins right off. Next I just slice them up in whatever size I want and lay them flat on a cookie sheet and stick them in the freezer until they are hard enough that they won’t freeze into one big lump. Then I put them in a ziploc bag. When I want them out of the freezer I can just take out how many I want instead of having to thaw them all to measure it out. Hope this helps. Like I said, I’ve done it this way for several years and they taste great.

  6. brandy says:

    Excellent! I can definitely get that done this weekend. I’ll be buying peaches this afternoon. Thanks so much Jennifer!

  7. Trudy says:

    I can almost taste it…what a gorgeous photo!

  8. Trudy says:

    Thank you for the jam. mmmmm. Had it on thick slices of buttered toast this morning and it truly does taste as good as it looks! Delicious! You are amazing!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Thanks, glad you like it. Now wishing I had made extra and canned it for winter. Oh well, next year I suppose.

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