Sounds like a song at a hoe down, doesn't it? Well, it isn't. I've been a pickin' and a cannin' peaches since my first peach post here. That was two weeks ago, and I have been absolutely buried in peaches. I'm only one person, and I work, so it has been a massive project for me to tackle. I've had to manage my time and squeeze in bits and pieces of canning prep work and canning in addition to the chores of necessity, such as feeding me and my husband as well as taking care of the animals and trying to keep up with the garden. My house is in severe disarray, and I don't even want to know what's going on in the bathroom. But, the peach tree would hear no excuses. It reminded me I have been praying for peaches year after year. Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. The squirrels were held at bay and the additional sunlight from taking trees down came together to give me 127 lbs., 12.5 ozs. of peaches from one tree. Yes, you read that correctly. I have processed almost 128 lbs of peaches in the past two weeks. At the grocery store this weekend, organic peaches were selling for $4/lb. What a return one tree has made to our budget! Now, what did I do with all of those peaches you may ask? In addition to fresh eating, this is how I tackled them:
Peach Chutney: 1 pint, This was an experiment with green peaches, and it is delicious.
Green Peach Cake: This was also another experiment, and it turned out great as well.
Frozen diced peaches: 9 quarts
Peach Sauce (for pancakes, ice cream): 8 quarts + 1 pint
Peach Tomato Salsa: 4 quarts + 14 pints
Peach BBQ Sauce: 4 pints + 9 12 oz. jars + 1 jelly jar
Peach Cardamom Jam: 6 pints + 13 jelly jars
I really wanted to try out the peach peel and pit jelly, but I just didn't have it in me. I am one tuckered girl. But, there's no rest for the weary because the figs are coming in, so onward I go.
Here's a photo of the peach tree as well as a few shots of the top portion of my backyard. It's a constant work on progress to be sure.