Ever since I've been a home owner I've been blessed with abundantly producing peach trees. However, I have always looked at the peaches growing in my backyard with a sense of dread. I have, for the past several years, really wanted to can the dang peaches. However, when the fall rolls around, it never seems to be a good time. Usually babies do not afford their mom's the time it takes to can.
This year, though, I was determined to make it happen. Kendall might just be my clingiest baby yet, but I was not going to let that stand in the way. I decided I would just do it at eight (and be up until 2am) after she was in bed.
I started to look on the internet for directions on how to can peaches and became so frustrated! The problem is, people who can peaches don't give beginner instructions. All the instructions assumed I had at least a general knowledge of canning peaches and I sooo did not. One set of instructions I read came on a blog. The girl said something along the lines of "canning peaches is something I always watched my mom do as a child, but never took any interest in at the time. Sorry Mom!" I just thought, well, lucky her, at least she can remedy that (by having her mom come over that day and help her, as she had done). Unfortunately, I didn't have that option.
The internet was no help.
Hmm, where could I find someone who would help me can peaches WHEN I want (Kendall's nap time) and WHERE I want (my house, so Kendall could sleep the day away cozy in her crib). So I called my awesome friend Gayla, who happily agreed to come over!!! I was so excited!!! This is the first year Gayla hasn't been working so I needed her to teach me EVERYTHING she knew. We started with the peaches.
We did JARS and JARS! :) (And thanks to Kelly who took all the children home with her so I could finish!) It was super easy and I'm so excited that next year I will have the happy anticipation of canning my peaches. I really just needed someone to walk me through it one time. I did remember being a child and my mom busily canning in the kitchen, so I actually had a little bit more knowledge then I thought. Yay!!!
I also took advantage of the abundant peaches by freezing some and...wait for it...making jam. At this point my domestic skills could not be tamed.
I went to Days Farms (and Heidi, I was not lucky enough to take my superman and encountered more then my fair share of bugs!!!). Anyways, Days Farms is AWESOME. You can fill a box of pick-your-own veggies for ten bucks. The best part was having the children help. I told them to find veggies with no blemishes. Allie would pick up a tomato, inspect it, and say "Mom, is this one good to go?" It was the cutest thing ever! And how could I say no to that? (Needless to say, a few of the veggies were NOT "good to go" but it was so worth building her confidence.) So Gayla came over here again to help me make the world's best salsa. With the leftovers, I bottled some tomatoes. Yay!!! I feel so accomplished. Peaches, tomatoes, jam, and salsa. We are ready for the winter!
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