This year we have a lot of peaches on our sad little peach tree down in the kitchen garden. They are bruised and bumpy and just not pretty, but that poor little tree tries so hard that I feel badly just feeding them to the hens. I picked the first bunch, a nice big bowl full and decided to can sliced in a light honey syrup (just 1/2 cup of honey per 6 cups of water).
Cut X’s in the bottoms of the peaches, dunk them in hot water for 45 seconds and then transfer them to ice water with a little citric acid (to keep the color).
Halve the peaches, scoop out the ragged bits around the pit, peel them and cut into slices – then back into another bowl of water with citric acid.
Pack them into pint jars, sinking a piece of star anise into each. Fill with more peaches to about 1″ from the top.
Add the honey syrup to within 1/2″ from the top. Jiggle the peaches around a bit with a butter knife to loosen any trapped bubbles.
Process for 25 minutes in a water bath (I use a steam canner).
We have a lovely pile of produce waiting for me to attend to it. It must have inspired DS19 while I was at the dentist because when we returned home he had a pot of homemade tomato sauce started on the stove. After his lunch there was still quite a bit in the pan so I decided to transfer it to some canning jars and pressure can it. I also had leftover chicken broth in the outside refrigerator so it might as well have joined the tomato sauce.
While the canner was chugging away, I decided to start a batch of Kimchi with some Nappa cabbage and bokchoy that were getting a little older, adding some tops from purple onions and a carrot. I also roasted the tomatillos from the CSA delivery along with the purple onions and some garlic. Tomorrow they will combine with cilantro, fresh garlic and a jalapeño for a RoastTomatillo Salsa.
Once that was all taken care of I noticed some corn I had left out overnight and a last bag of string beans from the CSA. The corn was taken off the cob and popped into two jars with a little salt and hot water. The string beans received the same hot water treatment but they were processed separately because they require different timings.
Lastly, the bones leftover from supper have been neatly tucked into the instant pot with leftover carrots and some shabby looking green onions. An hour pressure cooking followed by an overnight slow cook should yeild some lovely