Getting Peachy

So I am about as tired at the end of today as I have ever been.  No, I did not do a large swim or boxing session.  I made jam.  Peach jam that is.  I went to the farmers market after going to my friend Renee’s open house.  Its in Murray and I don’t always get out there but I was hoping they would have strawberries so I could make more jam.  (My strawberry jam has been a big hit)

Unfortunately I did not know that peach jam and strawberry jam are two entirely different ballgames.  Strawberries take about 3 steps and you are done.  It takes that much just to get the fruit ready.  First you have to blanch the fruit in 2 different temp water so that the peel will come off.  Then you have to take the peal off and remove the core in whatever way it will allow.  For some reason today none of them would split open normally so I used my knife to get as much off the fruit as possible.

Then I cut the peaches into small chunks and then blended coarsely about half the peaches.  I ended up with so many that it came to 2 vats of jam with peaches, pectin, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and a little butter.

Its hard to say tonight how they will turn out but we will know more tomorrow.  So far they look pretty good.  Good enough to eat!

At the farmers market in Murray
At the farmers market in Murray
For $30 I got a box of peaches, 3 tins of raspberries, a bag of apricots, 3 zuccini, 3 bell peppers and a giant onion.  Pretty good!
For $30 I got a box of peaches, 3 tins of raspberries, a bag of apricots, 3 zuccini, 3 bell peppers and a giant onion. Pretty good!
The prep area.  Thank goodness for my gel pro mat. Lifesaver
The prep area. Thank goodness for my gel pro mat. Lifesaver
Double bouble, toil and trouble. 2 Vats of jam a brewing
Double bubble, toil and trouble. 2 Vats of jam a brewing
When the foam subsides and the syrup becomes more clear than you want to cook another 12 minutes. At least hopefully it will turn out
When the foam subsides and the syrup becomes more clear than you want to cook another 12 minutes. At least hopefully it will turn out
The finished product.  A little runny still but yum!
The finished product. A little runny still but yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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