"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Friday, September 4, 2009

Help Can Peaches

Opportunities to lend a hand don't end just because we're on vacation. :) Jen
The project:

Peel, pit, measure, stir, and otherwise can 20 pounds of peaches.

Couple of hours - lost track of time.

Why bother?
My aunt had two paper sacks full of ripe peaches that needed to be preserved in some manner. She opted for making jam, so this morning we blanched the peaches, sat out on the back deck to skin and pit them, then moved inside to wrap up the job. My 9-year-old daughter, E, got in on the job from peeling and pitting to measuring and stirring.

Canning can be a lot of work. It always goes by more quickly with company.

Worth it?
MMMmmmmmm! (OOOps...I mean YES!)

Here's the recipe:
5 pounds peaches
5 cups sugar
3 tsp. lemon juice

Peel and pit peaches. Smash into pieces with the sugar. Bring to boil. Continue at boil for 20 minutes. Pour or ladle into prepared (sterilized) jars. Place lids and rings, process under 1" water 15 minutes for pint jars, 30 minutes for quart jars.

(Be sure to save some out for immediate gastronomical reward!) :)

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