Where do they go?

Jim just delivered peaches from Colorado. They are tree ripened and always so delicious. When peaches are tree ripened the sugar and all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are more abundant.

Autumn Red peach.

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The small amount of  room left in the freezer must be saved for the blueberries. We’re running out of room to store peaches.

Where do they go?

Strawberry  and raspberry crops are better than expected this year so we will have to figure out something else to do with the peaches. Sure they could be canned but my granddaughter is making use of the jars.

I am so fortunate! I have a good dehydrator! It requires no more time to prepare the fruit  for drying than for freezing. Drying requires so much less storage room.  They will all fit in the cupboard. It is all so easy.

Since these peaches were semi-clings a fair amount of peach flesh stayed on the seed. This time I collected the seeds in a pan, added just a bit of water and cooked them for a few minutes. The peach flesh left on the seed can be squeezed off.

If the fruit has too much liquid  just cook it down. Blend the fruit to make a sauce. Pour on a dehydrator tray covered with a piece of plastic wrap.  When the top is no longer sticky turn the piece over. Peel the plastic off and finish drying. Peach fruit leather!

Dried peaches alone or mixed with other dried fruit make a very delicious snack.

To rehydrate, soak the dried peaches in an equal amount of water overnight. Another way is to soak the dried fruit in boiling water for 3 to 4 hours before  cooking for 20 to 30 minutes. Then use them any way you would cooked peaches.

The peaches can be used in fruit mixtures and peach upside down cake. The dried peaches can be cut up and added to cookies and rice pudding.

Peaches are one of the fruits I feel are really made for drying. There is no question about what to do with all the peaches.

Just put them on the shelf!

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