Due to a mild winter, our peach tree bloomed a couple of weeks early this year, so we have been harvesting peaches a few weeks earlier than usual.
One of our favorite ways to use our peach harvest is to can our own fruit cocktail. I had hoped to make significantly more fruit cocktail this year than last year, but my kids and husband ate some of the organic fruit I bought before canning day, so I made nearly the same amount: three pint and a half jars plus 4 pint jars (17 cups) versus the eight pint jars I made last year (16 cups).
I used exactly the same fruits as last year: peaches from our tree, apples, and pears. However, this year I forgot to add the lime juice, so we won’t try to save a jar to see how long it keeps (acidic environments are less likely to spoil). We opened the final jar from last year a couple of weeks ago, and it was just as good as the day we made it. I doubt this year’s jars will make it to fall. My girls love our homemade fruit cocktail; maybe we’ll make some in winter with other fruits.
You can find the link to the fruit cocktail recipe, as well as the Peach Salsa and Peach Popsicles we made both this year and last year at this post. I opted to puree all of the peaches for the popsicles, because the diced pieces were really hard to chew from last year’s batch. That post also discusses the nutrients found in peaches.
I repeated a recipe from last year that I did not include in that post: Spiced Peaches by Dorothy from her blog Shockingly Delicious. I like to call these sweet and sour peaches; however, they do not taste like the red stuff you will find in a Chinese restaurant.
I also made a great Peach Barbecue Sauce by Katie from So Tasty So Yummy that I served with her Chick-fil-a Chicken Nuggets. Although I haven’t tried making variations of this sauce yet, I bet it would taste great even without the peach. We have been eating this sauce with grilled meats and even with baked potatoes.
And, I made a version of Katie’s Peach Oat Muffins that I found highlighted on another blog through the Secret Recipe Club Dorothy and Katie both participate in. Here is the other version. I actually merged the two versions, but I'm sure these muffins will turn out great whichever recipe you use. We definitely liked them.
Finally, I made a Peach Custard Pie using this Good Housekeeping recipe for Nectarines. The custard part is really good, but we used the last of our crop and the peaches tasted sour. I think this is because we harvested most of those peaches before they were ripe in order to keep the birds from getting them all!
If you have a favorite peach recipe, I hope you will share it; I am always looking for something new to try.
In 2012 I linked with: Welcome Home, Farm Fresh Friday, Making it Count, Tea with Saint Anne, My Favorite Things, Show Me What You Got, Open House with Four Moms, Food on Fridays, and Try a New Recipe Tuesday.
In 2013 I am linking with: Backyard Barbecue Bloghop, Motivational Monday, Better Mom Monday, Healthy2Day Wednesday, Shoe Lace