Millions of peaches

Millions of peaches

September 25, 2011

Cheap, Cooking

On Friday I was headed home after work and I called Sickie to see if he needed anything.

Lloyd:”*cough* *cough* There’s a truck *cough* on the highway *cough* that’s selling peaches and *cough*”

Lauren: “I got it. You want peaches.”

I drove quickly because it was almost 6 and I didn’t know if the peach guy would close up shop or not. He was open, and I had 4 dollars, expecting to be able to buy a handful of fruit.

Peach Guy: “I don’t split up boxes. I can let you have this one for 20 bucks.”

20 bucks!!! Grrrrr….. I broke into my emergency money and bought the box, grumbling the whole way home that I had just bought a box of work. Lloyd likes fruit, but he couldn’t eat all this before it went bad.

So, on Sunday afternoon I made peach puree. The goal is to eventually turn it all into fruit leather, but I won’t show you those pictures until I figure out if I’m doing it right. Here’s my day in photos:

Cut ’em all the way around criss-cross-like and dunk them in boiling water for as long as it takes you to whistly your ABC’s in a jaunty style. If you get tired of that one, try Twinkle Twinkle or Baa Baa Black Sheep. Take them out and the skin just slips right off.
It's so magical.

Then just smush ’em off the pit.
Looking good.

Add some water, some sugar and a slug of lemon juice. Start cooking and start smashin’. Admit that you really don’t know what you’re doing.
I was surprised to discover I had a masher.

Get out the immersion blender. Sniff it to make sure it doesn’t smell like curried peas, since that’s all you ever use it for.
A swirling vortex of peachiness.

I poured five trays of fruit leather, three ice cube trays, then a mini-muffin tin for peach ice cubes. I figure these will be good to throw in a glass of orange juice.
I can't believe I don't have more ice cube trays.

I made the first pot and realized I’d have to make another. I grumbled about how many peaches there were, and Sickie said, “Could we use them for pie?”

I had no idea he liked peach pie. So, I cut up some for a pie.
Peaches come from a can, they were put there by a man.

This was even more fun than the first kind of cut. I cut each peach into eight wedges (four times around), dunked it in the boiling water, slipped off the peel, then cut it around the middle.
In a factory downtoooowwwwn.

It was like taking apart a Rubik’s cube! (That’s how I used to solve it. I may not be smart, but I can demolish stuff and re-assemble with a minimal amount of damage.)
If I had my little way, I'd eat peaches everyday

So: after all that (2 1/2 pots’ worth), now there is this giant tub of peach puree waiting its turn in either the freezer or the dehydrator, and there is still a giant bowl of peaches for Lloyd to eat. I can’t tell if the 20 bucks was a bargain or not.
I think this is a million gallons.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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10 Responses to “Millions of peaches”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Just last night I was talking with my Aunt Bev, and she said she recently bought a box of peaches and turned them all into pie filling. She puts the filling in a freezer bag and rests it in a pie tin to freeze, then stacks the frozen pie pucks in the freezer. When she wants peach pie, she buys or prepares a crust, drops in a pie puck, and bakes.

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  2. Beth Said on:

    I got a box of those peaches, too. Word around town is that you can freeze peaches whole. Whole, I say.

    So I froze twenty of mine whole. We’ll see how that turns out.

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    • Lauren Said on:

      Huh. That would be easier, wouldn’t it? (Grumble grumble grumble.)

      Brad -- full points for saying ‘peach puck’.

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      • Jill Said on:

        We just froze about 15? 20? peaches whole. Then you just run them under hot water for 20 secs or so and the peel slips right off. Easy peasy. (Sorry Lauren. 🙁 )

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  3. Deborah Said on:

    That happened to me with grapes once.

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  4. Lauren's mom Said on:

    How about tiny peach pie in a jar?
    My peach pies are always soggy.

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  5. Gretchen Said on:

    I think you should have just called Kristi. She is a canning master according to recent posts on her blog.

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  6. Deborah Said on:

    I called Kristi once in a canning emergency. She didn’t come.

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  7. Keren Said on:

    Sorry I have been remiss in posting for a very long time. I just want to add my two cents here. Where I live, we get a shipment of things once a year right about now that are hard and round, and never ever get ripe. I think I would pay $100 for peaches, if they were peach-flavored and capable of yielding anything resembling what I’m seeing here.

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