So I like to pretend I am from Georgia. I lived there the first six years of my marriage and I LOVED it. Don't get me wrong, I have come to enjoy living in South Alabama again, but a piece of my heart will always be in Georgia.
However, I will say, while Georgia claims their peaches are America's best. I have to disagree. Chilton County peaches totally kick Georgia peaches' little peach cheeks. (Peach cheeks. That's adorable.) But I will get more into that later.
Yesterday while hittin' up the farmer's market I saw they had canning peaches for about $.52 a pound. Score! Done. Let's go home.
However, what am I going to do with a 25-pound box of peaches?
So here is what I did:
What you'll need:
25 lbs. of peaches.*
1/4 cup lemon juice
a pairing knife
a potato peeler
Note: I chose to forgo and sweeteners because I think peaches are delicious just the way they are. I also wanted a health option for smoothes and other things. And since a lot of these peaches will probably be used for baking, I don't need to add extra sweeteners.
freezer safe containers in which to put your lovely peaches.
*My farmer's market discounts "canning peaches." These peaches are super soft and have dark spots. Some of them can't be used at all, but I only had two that I couldn't use and I fed them to my chickens.
Step 1. Wash your peaches. Then cut, pit, peel and slice. I realize that is multiple steps, but come on...
Some of your peaches will be so soft you can too all of this with your hands. This is messy, but saves a lot of time! Also, don't forget to compost your peels and what not.
Step 2. Add your lemon juice to your peaches. You will need to do this to prevent discoloration. I realize if you're freezing them it is not the same as if you canned them. So discoloration isn't a big issue, but I would recommend just going ahead and doing this.
Step 3. Fill your containers. I chose to use mason jars because they are shatter resistant, the lids are BPA free, I can reuse them multiple times, and the peaches look pretty in the jars.
You can store the peaches in TIGHTLY sealed containers for up to a year. A year!
I got 10 quarts and I am THRILLED!
Have you ever freezer canned? Tell me about it!