Blanching Peaches

Blanching sounded like a hassle and a difficult process to me a couple weeks ago.  Now it is my go-to process to get the skins off of ripe peaches quickly.  Here I will show you how simple it is.

First, you start with your ripe peaches.

Some peaches ready to make Peach Cobbler

Some peaches ready to make Peach Cobbler

Second, you boil water.  I hope you don’t need a picture of that because I didn’t take one.

Third, you prepare an ice bath for your blanched peaches

5 peaches ready for blanching.  An ice bath ready for the blanched peaches.

5 peaches ready for blanching. An ice bath ready for the blanched peaches.

Fourth, you put your peaches into the boiling water for 20-45 seconds.

Blanching Peaches for 45 seconds in boiling water.  This makes the skins peel right off without any hassle.

Blanching Peaches for 45 seconds in boiling water. This makes the skins peel right off without any hassle.

Fifth, you use a slotted spoon to transfer the peaches to the ice bath for a couple minutes.

Sixth, you pick up a peach and the skin should be kind of sliding off.  You just peel it off and check to make sure you didn’t miss any.  The peaches will be super slimy and gooey at this point if they are as ripe as mine were.

Seventh, you make something delicious out of them like Peach Cobbler or Peach Jam.  Or you could just slice them up and freeze them for smoothies later.

5 jars of Vanilla Peach Jam on the far left and 10 jars of regular Peach Jam to the right.

5 jars of Vanilla Peach Jam on the far left and 10 jars of regular Peach Jam to the right.

A commenter suggested on my Peaches post that the skins come off easily once frozen too.  I am going to give that a try with the 30 pounds of frozen and sliced peaches I have.  How do you get the unwanted skins off of your fruits?

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Peaches

On our way to the grocery store yesterday we passed by Harry and David’s and saw their flashing sign advertising peaches for only $0.15/pound.  And how can you pass that up?  A few weeks ago we went by and bought quite a few pounds for only $0.20/pound… and I sliced those up and froze them.  Yesterday we bought over 60 pounds and I have spent today slicing, peeling, dicing, and pureeing them… and I haven’t even gotten through a full 30 pounds.  It looks like I will need to make a run to the store for lids and sugar to make peach jam.

Straw-Blueberry Chia Pudding

This morning I made this amazing Straw-Blueberry Chia Pudding.  Amelia helped me by measuring the chopped strawberries and pouring them into the food processor.  It was a simple and quick thing to make but it does need to sit for over an hour before it is really set up and a smooth consistency.

I served it with Greek Yogurt and Gluten Free granola, parfait style.  Mr. Picky enjoyed the granola, and was glad that the yogurt was Greek Yogurt, the only kind he likes according to him, but he seemed pretty upset by the fact that there were dates in the “jam” as Amelia calls it.  He didn’t bother even tasting it despite it being made with his 2 favorite berries.  The Girls on the other hand ate their parfaits and begged for more.  I think this “Pudding” is something we will keep around as a treat in the future or as something to top oatmeal in a couple days… if I don’t eat it before then.  It is seriously that delicious.

What is your favorite breakfast fruit?