Monday, August 9, 2010

Peach Nectar


In the epic 2010 battle over the backyard peach tree, with the teams the Castle Dwellers vs. the Stinkin' Squirrels and Blue Jays, I declare we Castle Dwellers the victors.
Exhibit A: We got canned peaches. A couple of batches. Exhibit B: We made off with enough peaches for a pie.
Exhibit C: Peach pit jelly. A minor victory as it doesn't include any actual peaches. But a victory nonetheless.

Let the record show we are not even presenting evidence for Exhibit D, peachy tart, for the simple reason we do not wish to condone the silly practice of peach blotting in any form.
Which brings us to:
Exhibit E: as in excellent. Peach nectar. So good you'll drink it almost as fast as you make it.
Take that, you lousy squirrels and blue jays. We win.
Ha.
You may cease your obnoxious squawking now.
SIMPLE PEACH NECTAR
My favorite way to use up an abundance of peaches, this is the recipe I go back to year after year. No need to can; you simply mix up a batch in your blender, pour into glass jars, and place lovingly in the freezer.
4 c. peeled, sliced peaches
4 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
1 T. lemon juice
Place peaches and water in large saucepan. Bring to boil and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for a bit. Place sugar and lemon juice in large bowl and set aside. Working in batches, whirl peach mixture in blender, then pour into bowl with sugar and lemon juice. Repeat until everything's blended. Stir well, then pour into glass jars and freeze.

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24 Comments:

Blogger Joanne said...

So many delicious peach recipes in one place! The nectar sounds delicious.

August 10, 2010 at 6:06 AM  
Blogger Farm Girl said...

I will have to try that, easy and quick. My girls have been making peach butter, peach leather, peach jam, freezing peaches. I was sort of afraid to tell them I have one more peach tree. :) I think they would enjoy peach nectar though. So glad I don't have squirrels. Skunks, and possums and birds are bad enough. :)

August 10, 2010 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Carpool Queen said...

I've never seen a recipe for peach nectar! My mom used to give it to us when we were little to soothe our tummies.

Great memories.

August 10, 2010 at 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Faith said...

I love how you used your peaches! I would LOVE to have a peach tree! :)

August 10, 2010 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

way to go! i love all of the delicious things you did with your peaches!

August 10, 2010 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

I love the peach post, I have a ton of peaches right now.
Your were a winner of the salad dressing give away. Please email your complete mailing address so Girard can send you your winnings.
Mimi
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August 11, 2010 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. If you have a bunch of peaches, I highly recommend you make some of this nectar. It's like summer in a glass. And Mimi, thanks so much for the salad dressing contest! How fun, to win :)

August 11, 2010 at 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Velva said...

i am smiling! We have plum trees and between the birds and us, we can get a few. I think it is a great idea to make peach nectar. That's awesome.

August 12, 2010 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Norma said...

Great recipes. Really, peachy keen!

August 12, 2010 at 4:44 PM  
Anonymous jacque said...

Great recipe and ideas! We just planted two peach trees in our back yard so in maybe 10 years or so we'll have enough peaches for our family. For now I'm still buying mine from my Amish neighbors! I'm relatively new to your blog. What other fruit trees do you have? I'm guessing you also grow a garden. Does it feed your family year round? Just wonder what others are doing out there.

August 12, 2010 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

That peach nectar sounds so yummy. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you visit often. Have a wonderful weekend.

August 12, 2010 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Jacque, we have planted a lot of fruit trees on our property in the last few years. So far, the producing :) fruit we have: lemons (mostly in January), grapes (itty bitty ones that we can salvage from the birds), plums, apples (not tons, but enough for a couple batches of applesauce), peaches, strawberries (new this year) and blackberries. Also lots of pears that we get from my parents' house (they have 17? trees, I think). Newish trees that have yet to produce include 5 cherry trees, two almonds, two apricots, a couple more peach trees, an avocado tree, a tangerine tree, lime, and orange. My husband is the gardener in the family. In the last couple years he has put in quite a nice patch, including peppers, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, spinach, onions, garlic, artichokes, basil, mint, rosemary, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkins. We are still learning lots, but I love to preserve whatever I can, and we have commented many times over the last couple years how we are eating like kings from stuff we grew ourselves. It has been very satisfying. Now I'm going to check out your blog and hope to learn about your garden and cooking exploits :) It's good to meet you.

August 12, 2010 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Thanks for commenting so that I could find you again. I had your site bookmarked way back and then lost all my bookmarks when my computer crashed.

I would give anything to have a peach tree! They are my favorite summer fruit and I'm drooling over everything that you made. I'm definitely hanging onto that peach nectar recipe. I could probably drink my weight in it:)

August 13, 2010 at 5:18 AM  
Blogger Brownieville Girl said...

Peach tree ... you lucky, lucky girl!!!

Our only fruiting apple tree has been feeding the insect population of Ireland!!!! I've only managed to rescue a few :-(

August 13, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Reeni said...

I'm in peach heaven! How positively divine! I am so glad you won the peach war. And I'm more glad that I have peaches in my kitchen heading for a pie. Because I'd be pretty sad right now if I didn't - after seeing all of this.

August 13, 2010 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

your recipe sounds very good!

August 15, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Awww too bad I didn't have this when I picked a 1/2 bushel of peaches (don't have my own tree, unfortunately!). I would love your recipe/method for peach pit jelly. I found a recipe for peach "honey" that seemed similar but it used the peels and I didn't have enough peels.

August 19, 2010 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Anne, you asked about peach pit jelly. I popped over to your blog and left you the directions. I was really curious to give this jelly a try as I love the idea of getting something for nothing :) but the flavor, unfortunately, was not real peachy and mostly of sugar. Now that my curiosity is satisfied and I can move on to those other ten trillion recipes I'm dying to try.

August 19, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger VK said...

Fresh peaches are my favorite, and right now I'm in Colorado enjoying the peaches of my youth.
Peach and apricot nectar are the best drinks ever. I think the frozen thing is going to have to be duplicated on my part.
Thanks!

August 24, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

LOL, loved this post! Right on! Go Castle Dwellers!
~ingrid

September 4, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Ranee @ Arabian Knits said...

I'm assuming that you could do the same thing with apricots? If I wanted to can them, could I just do a 5 min BWB?

February 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Ranee, I don't see why you couldn't do the same thing with apricots. I made pear nectar last year, along with the peach nectar, and it was delicious. You asked about canning this -- I would think it would be no problem to can, but I have no idea how long you'd process it. Would Ball or Kerr or one of those companies be able to help? Or maybe a county extension agency . . . I have always frozen the nectar I make. Best of luck with this. You'll have to report back on what you do and how it works :)

February 7, 2011 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Lynn, I'm so grateful to have found this recipe! I had a mimosa bar at my sister-in-law's bridal shower and used this peach nectar as a mixer. It was AMAZING!! I highly recommend it in a mimosa :)

http://www.mycraftysoul.com/2012/08/mimosa-bar.html#

Melissa

August 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Melissa, your mimosa bar looks splendid! So colorful and inviting. Thanks for sharing your link, and for linking back here. Now I want to try all your mimosa ideas :)

August 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM  

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