Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Just peachy

It's raining here again, but I can't complain (we are well over 7 inches this month, not that I'm a weather geek or anything...). It's just been a weird year. We had several days of warm weather in January - just enough for my peach and Bradford pear trees to bud. Which was followed - in typical-Texas-weather fashion - by an ice storm.

It looks like I might lose about four Bradfords, but just look at my peach tree!! And this is after I'd already harvested a boxful!! Who knew that the key to successful peaches is to freeze the blossoms and then flood the trees with water??

This week I'm going to try my hand at canning peach preserves, jam, jelly - anything. I have never done this before, but I can't bear the thought of all those peaches going to waste. PLEASE SEND TIPS AND RECIPES!!

Next to my peach tree is another tree that I thought was a peach (because both trees last year had about three fruits each on them, all worm-eaten and the size of large walnuts), but I think it is an apricot tree. It is also heavy with fruit. More news to come. I can hardly contain my excitement.

Oh, the ironic end to our Very Strange Year. After the drought we've been through, I think God has a funny sense of humor to deluge us with boatloads of free food. But then again, it's not really anything new for Him.
So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.

Joshua 24:13

13 comments:

Maureen said...

Cute post. Wish I could share some cool recipes. I am suffering from culinary challenge disease. I am not a good cook at all. The peach tree looks great. We are in the same boat here in the Sunshine State. So happy we have had rain everyday and alot of it I might add for over a week now. God is good, He supplies all our needs. And yes I do believe he has a sense of humor that God of ours!

Enjoy your week!
Maureen

TwoMuths said...

Roadside fruit stand. That's as good as my tips come. And a food dehydrator for the apricots. :-)

Anonymous said...

How did you get such wonderful peaches? I live in N Texas, too, but my peaches come out all wormy - every year! Do you spray? I'm trying to keep everything organic, but I've just about given up on the peach tree.

LAH

joyceandnorm said...

My parents' peach tree usually yields a lot of peaches. I hope it will this year. Last year we ended up trying this recipe: http://joycelau319.xanga.com/672736980/recipe-baked-peaches/ Peaches! Yummy!

Lori said...

We LOVE peach jam! Just get a couple boxes of the Sure-Jel and follow the directions inside for awesome jam! It's really just peeling them, cooking them and adding the sugar and jel. Easy peasy!! We usually do about a bushel a year of the stuff! We love to do peach cobbler and I think I have a peach/chicken recipe. I'll check on that if you like.....
Enjoy!!!!

mholgate said...

Hmm...I jarred peaches with the help of my sister in law one year. All I remember is letting them soak in the sink for a long time, peeling off the skins, and cutting out the pits. I still have all the canning equipment. It's a pretty lengthy process, if I remember correctly. But it was nice to have peaches on my shelves all year round! :)

Blessings!
Melissa

Annie said...

Oh I can peaches, they can be used for baking or just snaking right out of the jar!!

I do have to travel a bit to get fresh peaches...I'm hoping to get some this summer for canning.

Mothership said...

Peaches are the easiest thing to bottle. Blanch in boiling water and toss in a sink full of cold water. The skins will slip right off. Cut them in half and remove the pit. Put them in the jar with 1/3-1/2 c sugar (depending on the sweetness of the peaches) and cover with boiling water. Process in a water canner.

I also have a great peach jam recipe if you really want it.

Have fun--this is one kitchen/canning job that where the children can be helpful (it really is that easy!).

emily said...

Loooove the pic!!

Laurel said...

Peach Jam is our FAVORITE. And, our family makes LOTS of Jam every year. We put up 150 quarts of jam last summer (peach, strawberry, and raspberry). We just follow the recipe on the pectin box.


mama of 13

Jen said...

Make peach freezer jam...the easiest thing you can make...the instructions are in the Sure Jell Box...fast and easy...also look up a peach salsa...different but good.

Lori said...

I don't have any recipes, just drooling here. If I lived closer I would be begging for a jar ;)). They are pretty.

Jamie said...

I canned peaches for the first time last year. I wish I had a tree like yours...I bought boxes from a local orchard instead. My only suggestion is to do it together with a friend...you will be in the kitchen for quite some time and it is definitely more fun to share the work load.