Peaches – From the Tree to the Freezer to your Stomach – Yum!

Peach season…one of my favorite seasons of the year.

A couple of weeks ago we drove out to our favorite farm (if you live in the Metro DC area check out Homestead Farms) to go peach picking.

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My mom came with us and we were surprised because not only did they have peaches, they had blackberries as well.  Truth be told, I didn’t even know I liked blackberries until I pulled them straight from the vine.

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But our peach picking wasn’t without adventure. For starters, we chose the hottest day of the summer to go without water jugs (not a good idea). I forgot my phone charger, and we found out that Niara is allergic to peach fuzz. Yeah, that kind of put a damper on things – poor baby girl was itching up a storm.

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Despite the challenges, we all had a great time and picked a lot of peaches and blackberries – $75.00 worth of fresh fruit.

The thing with fresh fruit is it can go bad quickly. As much as we all love peaches, there was simply no way we could eat that many.

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I thought of canning them, but I am intimidated by the canning process. So freezing was my next best option. Now I have a freezer full of peaches, including anniversary peaches soaked in rum!

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My mom came over the next day to help, she knew I was in over my head (got to love moms) and I set up an assembly line and started processing peaches.

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We dropped the peaches in hot water so that the skin would come off easier. Then we sliced them and put them in cold water to keep the color.

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Working in batches I strained the peaches and tossed them in fresh lemon juice and a little sugar. Then I put them in freezer bags and popped them into the freezer.  It took four hours to get through it. We had a great time talking and listening to Lela sing us her new found obsession, Hamilton.

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Since then we have been enjoying all type of yummy peachy treats including fresh peaches over oatmeal.

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Vegan peach doughnuts with a lemon glaze (oh…my…goodness). The girls said my doughnuts were better than their favorite Duck Doughnuts, what a compliment. I followed this reciepe and just added peaches instead of the raspberries.

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I also made homemade vegan peach ice cream. So darn good ya’ll, honestly. I followed this recipe (I so love her food) and simply added diced peaches the last 10 minutes.

You can’t have peach ice cream without vegan peach cobbler. Yes, I made that too and like all the rest it was delicious! So much so that we ate it all up before we remembered to take pictures. So you will have to take my word on it. Sorry.

I am already looking forward to peach season next year. I am hoping to get myself together where I can actually can peaches. We will see. If you have any recipes or canning tips & tricks, please share them in the comments section below.

Until next time,

Stay Encouraged & Be Blessed!

 

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