Just in case you have been given a box of peaches, like I was, here is a wonderful way to put them away for winter that does not involve canners and jars.
One of my sisters-in-law introduced us to peach slush, which is basically sliced peaches frozen with some extra stuff for flavor. When you serve them, partially thawed but still icy, they taste just like a burst of sunshine in the wintertime.
I had a daughter running the camera and two daughters on rotation with the peach operation, so this post will treat you to some inexpert, but authentic photos of the process.
- Wash the peaches.
- Split and remove pits.
- Slice. If you use an egg slicer for this, it makes them nice and uniform.
5. Keep at it until you have about 6-8 quarts of slices
6. Add 1 can of crushed pineapple (You can add this right away, juice and all, and stir occasionally while you peel. It keeps the peaches from turning brown.) and 1/2 can of thawed orange juice concentrate.
7. Stir gently and do a taste test to see if the peaches are sweet enough for your taste. Ours were just a little too tart, so we added a cup of sugar.
8. Fill freezer bags or containers and tuck them away for the middle of winter when you need a happy pick-up of summer flavor.
Serve these peaches while they are still slushy. That is when they are best. Sometimes when we have unexpected company, we stir up a brownie mix and serve plain brownies and peach slush for dessert. Easy peasy.
Any other good ideas out there for quick ways to store up August? I would love to hear from you. Feel free to put links in the comments.