Thursday, July 5, 2018

Adding to My Pantry: Peaches

We were asked last night at church if we would be interested in some peaches.  Since our main peach tree has died and our younger ones are not producing yet, we said 'yes!'


This morning we went to pick them and got 4 bags full or nearly full all in various stages of ripening.  The lady we got them from wanted us to pick all of them as the squirrels were eating them quite fast.




We gave one bag to an elderly couple in the neighborhood and brought the other 3 home.  They are now lying out on a table where I will check them daily and either use or preserve the ripe ones.


How will I preserve them?  I'll peel and slice them and then freeze the slices in smoothie size portions.  We don't eat much jam or jelly so the peelings and seeds will go in the compost bin.


We were thankful to get the peaches and you can't beat the price!


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22 comments:

  1. WOW!!! I LOVE peaches!!! My tree doesn't look good. The peaches are small and they look like they are rotting before they ripen. Do you know what I'm doing wrong?

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    1. Holley, I have no idea, we lost a peach tree this year and we still don't know why! Good luck in your search for an answer.

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  2. That's great! We have a plum tree that gets stripped by the squirrels every year long before they start to ripen. We don't even go near the tree when this is going on because they hiss at us. I am hoping to get some half pint jars of peaches canned just for me since Hubby does not care for peaches. The ones I have gotten so far were so flavorless that I don't thing they would be worth the effort. I am hoping that the later varieties are better.

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    1. Lana, these are really good tasting peaches. I wouldn't bother preserving them either if they didn't taste good. Hissing squirrels, I'd stay away from the tree too!!!! Thankfully, we didn't encounter any squirrels this morning while picking the peaches. If we had of, I would have walked away!!!

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  3. A good old fashioned peach cobbler would be good!

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    1. Wendy, yes, indeed it would!!!

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    2. You could make up a few unbaked peach cobbler in small pans that are perfect for just the 2 of you, to bake as a nice treat in the winter, too!

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    3. Peach crisp freezes well unbaked as well.

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  4. Hi Patsy and what a blessing all those lovely peaches. There is nothing as good as eating fresh sweet peaches. My husband also doesn't like peaches but I do.

    Coming from Australia and not have squirrels here it sounds like they can be quite nasty ?, do they bite and attack ?. We have something similar which are brush tail possums but they are very friendly but aloof and you can usually feed them and when they get to know you and will sit on your arm to eat fruit.

    On the other hand we have koalas that eat only Eucalyptus leaves who are like wild pumas with cute fluffy fur. I once picked one up on the side of the road that got hit by a car to take it to the vet for treatment and wrapped it in a blanket I had in the car for shock. By the time I got 10 mins down the road the gorgeous thing had come out of shock and was hissing, spitting and clawing and it was like wrestling a crocodile wrapped in a bunny rug. As I walked in the vet I just said I need backup, it is an injured koala and it is not happy :). They asked me how the heck I got it there in just a blanket and congratulated me and said "they are ferocious" and I said "yes I now know that only too well". After treatment they called me and sent an assistant out with me with the koala in a cage to release it back into the wild in the area we found it. Glad I saved it but would be putting it in a cat or dog cage next time with a blanket.

    Onto what we added to our pantry which was -

    This last week we have added to our pantry -
    - 1.215 kg of cherry tomatoes, 1.214 kg of beetroot and 400 g of carrots we used for juices saving $21.83 over purchasing them.
    - Separated 46 g of French lavender and 28 g of English lavender saving $12.55 on usual prices.
    - On half price specials + 5% discount from using our roadside assist club discount gift card we got 1.5 kg of strawberries, 24 tins of harvest long life meat and vegetables and 13 tins of spam as well as 4 free reusable bags saving $84.63 on usual prices.

    Hope everyone has a great week :).

    Sewingcreations15.

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    1. Sewingcreations15, you are braver than I am!! I would have never stopped and picked up the koala!!!

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    2. To answer your question, squirrels are rather harmless normally. They run around all over the place and pay little attention to people. However, if cornered or being territorial about food supplies, like any wild animal, they will tell you off and will bite if provoked as a defense. But they don't just attack people without real cause. They prefer to just run away from humans and avoid us altogether.

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    3. We have ned our squirrels Smash, Rip and Ruin. They eat our plums, dig the flowers put of my pots, chew on our lawn funoture, empty our bird feeders and any other opportunity too be a nuisance. We have waged war on them for decades.

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  5. I grew up on a peach farm. There were times that they had to be sprayed during their dormant season, and then during the time before harvesting. There is something around here called leaf curl that many trees die from. Also, there is scab, which makes the peaches look like they have sap on them, and scabs. Of course, there is brown rot and worms. So, I was always told that there was practically no way to grow one organically.

    That being said, I have a tree that was here when we moved in that is growing fine with no help from me at all. I have peaches on it, but last year, they were extremely soft and mushy without a lot of flavor. I froze some for smoothies and made some jam and those were great. I gave the tree 1 more year to show me it was a "keeper" or I was going to do it in! So, those peaches better turn out good this year because I really, really don't want to cut down a growing, producing tree! My sister has peaches, so I will can as many as I want from her orchard. We all love them, there's just not as many of us to eat them as there used to be. One year, they didn't have much of a crop, so she had me come in and pick the peaches that were few and far between, after the pickers had been through. We thought I'd get a couple of boxes and about 200 lbs later, I told her I could not possibly use more, so stopped. I canned them all, and may still have some of those out there. I will try not to get carried away this year, but it's so hard to stop when they are there, and are free, and will go to waste if no one takes them.

    I'm glad you could use the peaches from the lady--awesome! I build my pantry on free fruit and veggies, what I grow and what I get from others. It's the best way to do it, and if I do have to buy some thing, the overall cost averages out!

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    1. Becky, thank you for that info on peach trees, I'm not sure what happened to ours! You can't beat free fruits and veggies when stocking your pantry!!!

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  6. I wont even bother trying to grow stone fruit here. The fruit fly love them and lay their eggs inside the fruit. You open up the fruit to find it full of maggots. No thanks. I do have to fight the fruit bats and possums if I want to get mangoes off the tree. I let them have the high ones on the outside of the tree. The rest are mine.
    Free is my favourite price. We picked up a bag of tomatoes yesterday that were free. We gave some to our neighbours on either side of us and Katie has taken some to the boyfriends parents. The rest have been split into lots. I have vac sealed these in bags for the caravan. It is an experiment to see if they will last a little longer this way.
    We head off tomorrow. Getting excited.

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    1. Jane, I'd love to know how the experiment comes out, if you don't mind!

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  7. Patsy I was not injured at all and fortunately it was a big wool blanket that I wrapped around it about 3 times so even with it going wild it could not get it's claws or teeth through the blanket and into me :).

    The only thing was that the blanket was starting to come unraveled by the time I got it to the vet and could see serious bodily injury happening to me at any moment. The vet staff were quick on their feet and had a cage at the ready that I put it straight in.

    Note to overseas visitors to Australia is never try to approach or cuddle a koala in the wild. The ones in the zoos are hand raised through injuries or abandonment by their mothers and are used to humans which gives everyone the impression that they are cute and cuddly which I will say they are cute but definitely not naturally cuddly :).

    Sewingcreations15.

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    1. Sewingcreations15, if I ever visit Australia, you can bet I won't be approaching a koala!!!

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    1. Thank you Making Cents of It All!!! I like free too!

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  9. What a blessing! I love peaches. We had a good supply for many years. Now those tress have been knocked down (cannot fathom this...) and I still know of one tree I can get peaches from... in fact I must write in my diary when to check on that tree! This year it was just after Christmas. I got hundreds. It is a tree in a lane way! Free food is amazing!xxx

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    1. Annabel, aren't diaries/journals a wonderful tool for keeping up with things like this!!!

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