Canning Peaches

It’s been a long, long time since I canned a lot of peaches because when the peaches are in the stores, that’s about the time my tomatoes are producing and I’m busy canning them but, with few tomatoes to can, and peaches on sale in the grocery stores, I’ve been canning peaches. Last week, or maybe week before, United had Comanche peaches for I think it was 77 cents/pound and we bought a little over 20 pounds. Between the peaches from our trees and the peaches, we bought, I think I put up a total of 25 pints . . 18 pints in jars and 7 pints in the freezer. We ate quite a few of those peaches before they ever got put up . . they were all so good.

Canned Peaches

Canned Peaches

Over the weekend, I put a jar in the freezer and let it just begin to get a bit icy and when we ate them, Vince said “We need more of these!”

Kroger had peaches on sale this week for 97 cents/pound so we bought 40 pounds. They were a little hard so I spread them out in the extra bedroom, on both sides of the bed, and left them til this morning.

Peaches

Peaches

At 6:15 this morning, I began canning peaches and by 11:30, I had 56 pints canned.

Canned Peaches

Canned Peaches

There are a few more than 56 jars there but I had a partial case of canned peaches left from last week so I filled that up, and I had 7 pints of basil/garlic tomato sauce I had made over the weekend so this evening after dinner, I’ll drive the RTV over to the porch, pick up all the cases and drive them over to the sewing room . . instead of hand carrying 6 cases of jars over there.

It’s nice to have some time to can things besides tomatoes but I’m sure going to miss having all those jars of tomatoes this winter when it comes time to make soups and stews.

 

Lychee Fruit

Either I had never had lychee fruit or I don’t remember having it. Vince says he’s had it off oriental food buffets before but I just don’t remember ever having had it. My friend loves it and while eating breakfast at her house one day, she served it as the fruit and I loved it. She told me that there’s a season when it can be purchased fresh in some grocery stores . . so far, none around here!

Lychee

Lychee

When my friend goes to a city, I have her get me a few cans but the last time she was in a city, they had fresh lychee and she brought some home.

Lychee

Lychee

They’re pretty interesting. The outer shell peels away easily.

Lychee

Lychee

The fresh fruit isn’t terribly different from the canned fruit. The canned also has a light syrup and when I’ve been out working on a hot day, having cold lychee with the light syrup is really refreshing.

Lychee

Lychee

The best part about getting them fresh is . . there’s a seed!

Lychee Seed

Lychee Seed

I have a few of them wrapped in a damp paper towel, hoping they will sprout and we can try to grow our own lychee fruit. Of course, here they will have to spend the winter in the greenhouse but I’m having great luck with my lemon trees so hopefully we can produce a few home grown lychee too.

Trees Are Planted

This may be the first time since we moved here that we have no trees in pots waiting to be planted.

I’m not complaining about Vince so don’t anyone get the wrong idea. He has a whole lot to do around here but sometimes, like most of us, there are chores that take a little nagging to get done. There were three fig trees and three chinquapin trees waiting to be planted. You can read about when I found and ordered my chinquapin trees here. The trees were ordered in February. It’s now July. My trees still weren’t planted. One of the fig trees was pretty decent looking, even has a few small figs on it, but two of them were about half dead.

Any time I would mention that the trees needed to be planted, Vince would say “I know . . I’ll get to it.” He’s very particular about how he plants the trees. He starts with one of those mini tillers and gets it to dig the hole and it chews up the dirt so it’s fine like sand. Yes, I see it . . I won’t mention that the old propane tank needs to be painted.

Little Tiller

Little Tiller

 

Then he mixes the dirt with sand, some kind of cotton bur compost and peat moss.

Compost

Compost

 

Then he plants the tree and makes a little dam around it, adds mulch and that’s it.

Fig Tree

Fig Tree

I decided I had waited long enough, knowing that when he saw me doing my version of tree planting, he was going to take over.

My Version of Planting a Tree

My Version of Planting a Tree

 

I dig a hole, stick a tree in it and I’m done. He laughed and said the two trees I planted were going to die. Probably . . I planted the two half dead fig trees knowing that he was going to stop what he was doing and go plant the rest of them before I screwed them up. Bad Judy but . . it worked.

I added rabbit manure and compost to my sickly little fig trees and I’m going to stand over them and pet and baby them and do my best to make sure they live! I hate being  wrong and I assured him my trees would be just fine but I doubt they will be.

Chinquapen Tree

Chinquapin Trees Are Planted

All the trees are planted now. Probably in January or February, we’ll buy a few more. It looks like we’re losing an Asian Pear and we want a few more jujube, persimmon, crabapple and . . whatever we see, we’ll probably buy! I’ll be happy when we run out of room in the orchard and we can stop planting trees.