Monthly Archives: September 2009
OK, so maybe I already live in the country, but I am definitely gonna eat me a lot of peaches this winter! Nothing compares to opening up a jar of fresh summer peaches in the middle of winter. For my mother, that definitely ranks at the top of her nostalgia list! As a little girl she spent her summers on the farm and canning peaches was the yearly tradition she liked best!
Whenever you are using peaches you will first want to remove the skins. You don’t have to, but they tend to get a bit slimy if you don’t. I am not overly sensitive to textures, like some people; however, slimy just doesn’t sit well!
Fresh is always best, and canning over-ripe fruit does not improve the quality or flavor. So, with that being said, make sure your peaches are ripe, but not mushy. I normally let them sit out in a single layer for about a day or two. Any peaches with brown spots set aside, you can just cut that section out and slice those up for snacking on while cooking! Wash your fruit and place it into a large pot of boiling water for about a minute, then transfer to a large bowl filled with ice water. This is called blanching and it is how you remove skins with ease. If your peaches are not ripe you will have to boil them a bit longer.
I also tried out a spiced peach jam this year! MMMM Baby! Is it ever good! Imagine apple pie filling, but with peaches. Oh yea! I used the same recipe for the low-sugar jam, but added 1/4 tsp nutmeg and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon. I think with my final half bushel, I may try a ginger peach jam. 🙂
I’m also happy to see my Black & Yellow Garden Spider has stuck around. Since the slow and steady rain has softened the ground, I think I will dig up some bugs to put into their webs tomorrow. I love watching them spin silk around their dinner!!
I promise you I have lots of tasty goodness to share! Yea, yea I know, I said that about 2 weeks ago, and since then I’ve only shown you a picture of sucanat and a spider. I know big whoop right?! But I really do have some good stuff in the works! Honest. This picture is proof.
See, I told you I was super busy! 🙂 Most rows are 3 jars deep, and some are double stacked. My kitchen is a disaster and just now in this moment I realized I have something uber sticky all over my knee… I’m guessing it’s some of the peach honey I made and canned today. Yes, you heard me right, PEACH HONEY!!! I have a wicked sweet tooth and this stuff hits the spot!
I’ve got several half-finished posts just hanging out in my draft box. OK, so they are more like a bunch of pictures that need words to go along with them, but that’s kind of the same thing, right? Well at least it’s a start!
Images and content copyright © 2009 Danielle R Limoge.
I have an Argiope aurantia that has taken up residence in my bean plants! I’ve decided to avoid picking those plants to encourage her to stay a while. I haven’t had a black and yellow garden spider since 07, her name was Gretchen, and she lived in my cherry tomato plant. She hung out all summer and grew quite large! Clearly, I am overly excited about this common arachnid!