Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Peach Pickin'

We have some amazing aunts who have a modest little bunch of fruit trees.  This year they had a bountiful crop of peaches and plums and they shared them with us so kindly.

I took the boys and we took as much of the fruit as we could.  It was a lot of fruit!
I made two peach crumb pies, two peach cobblers, three plum cobblers, and thirty half-pints of jam.  I have a confession too, I had never canned.  I know, I am a farm girl.  I grew up around canning, snapping beans, mom and grandmothers putting by lots of food but, I have never had a garden that was any bigger than what we could eat.  Jam is really easy to make.  If you have a large saucepan, canning jars, and a soup pot with tongs your in business.  I only had to go out and buy the canning jars, Sure-Jell, and sugar.  Jam needs lots of sugar.
I am not going to give you my recipe for the jam because it is inside the Sure-Jell box.  If you are going to make jam you will need Sure-Jell.  In the directions you will receive instructions on making cooked jam, jelly, or freezer jam depending on what fruit you are canning.  I made cooked jam.  It really is easy even if you haven't done it before.  It will give you complete instructions listed by the different types of jam/jelly and fruit you will make.

Here is some of the jam.  The labels I found over at Ahrisha's Joyously Living Life.   She did a post on canning and this link will take you there.  But, she found the labels at papercrave.com.  This link will take you directly to the labels and this site includes an entire canning party set of printables-these are free downloads.  
I will link to:
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper 


Lori said...

Wish I knew how to can stuff. My Mom has started doing it from her garden. Yours look yummy.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow it all looks so delicious!


Ms. Bake-it said...

Oh man, I have been craving a peach pie and this post just sent me over the edge! Those peaches look fabulous. My aunt had a great peach harvest but unfortunately for me, she lives in Maine! The plums also look great.

LV said...

I would truly love to have just one of these. I enjoy a good sweet peach or plum. The best part is you have your own, not store bought. My mother made the best jelly when I was growing up.

A Hopeful Heart said...

I will attest to the fact that it is easy to make and can jam. I had never canned before, and then, four summers ago, we moved to a home with 19 fruit trees. It was a large harvest that year, and I made cherry, apricot, peach, and plum jams. If I can do it...anyone can do it.

On another note, those 19 trees are now 16 trees due to a blight that hit two years ago. However, of those 16 trees, we are getting almost zero fruit this year. We had a horrible spring, with freezes in late April and early May. With the exception of the prune/plum, which is a late September harvest, all the other fruit was lost.

No canning for me this year.

Patti @ Fill My Cup with Beauty

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I think all this hot weather has been good for the peach crop this year! I've never canned anything...my mom didn't either. I do freeze things and I froze several bags of peaches. I didn't think to make freezer jam with them...I've done the strawberry recipe, peach would be good too! Yours looks wonderful.

Natasha said...

How delicious that looks! I can't until the stone fruit season here...summer is nearly here!

Best wishes,

Light and Voices said...

Thursday I will be picking up peaches at a local store. Peaches are my absolute favorite fruit to eat. So this blog this week is the best!
Joyce M

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, how delicious!!! And lucky you that you know how to create such goodies from it...a labor of love, I am sure!!! This is such a blessing.

Jeanne said...

Your post really makes me smile. My sister has fruit trees and my daughter and I made around 60 jars of jam this summer. We shared them and had the most fun together. Peach is one of our faves. Yours looks delicious. In fact they look just like mine. Smile
Hugs, Jeanne

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

BEAUTIFUL jam!! Lovely post and what a wonderful bounty of peaches & plums :)


black eyed susans kitchen said...

Such a perfect was to preserve the summer! All of your pictures are beautiful and the jam, I am sure, will be delicious!

Southern Queen Bee said...

Those peaches and plums look yummy. I too wish I knew how to jar fruit. Your labels turned out really cute.

Linda said...

Our peach tree went crazy this year too and it is a small one, yet we still made so many peach pies and I froze peaches for crisp later on. I have never made jelly either. You have inspired me...maybe next year!Great post!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Nothing better than fruit right off the tree! Your jam looks great, you'll love it this winter-enjoy!

The Tablescaper said...

Such bounty. Wow! Everything looks sooooo good.

Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

Kathleen said...

That fruit looks wonderful! I bet the jam is delicious too!