I’ve had an interest in preserving fruit since I was a teenager. My mother said she didn’t know where I came from; no one in her family ever had a desire to do this. Luckily, my future mother-in-law was an avid canner and under her expert tutelage, I learned all the particulars of preserving ripe fruit. Growing up, I lived in an area where there were tons of apricot and plum trees and there was always someone wanting to give away their overage of fruit. My mother-in-law told me that the best fruit to “put up” was free fruit so I took advantage of these offers whenever I could. However, I was never particularly fond of apricots and after years of canning plums and making plum jelly, I pretty much had had enough of these fruits, free or not.
My absolute favorite fruit to can is peaches. They are beautiful to look at in their jars and so sweet and tasty to eat. Finding free peaches has become more difficult. The past few years, I have had to rely on the summer sales that Stater Brothers or Sprouts have had in order to purchase peaches at a fair price. Imagine my joy when a friend posted on Facebook a week ago that her peach tree had produced early and in abundance…wouldn’t someone come and take peaches from off her tree? I was there within an hour and came away with a huge sack of peaches, about 25 cups worth in all!!! (By the way…after I left you couldn’t even tell I had taken that many peaches away!!)
What does one do with 25 cups of peaches? I still have quite a few jars of peaches left that I canned two summers ago, so I really didn’t need to do that. I decided to head to Pinterest and see what I could find there to make with all my peaches. If you haven’t discovered Pinterest, watch out!!! It is behind only Facebook and Twitter as the preferred social network source for sharing information. By using visual images, you can save all kinds of ideas on virtual “tack boards” to remind you later of something you might want to try or share or learn about. The possibilities are endless and the potential for this site is growing by leaps and bounds. The only key (or gimmick) to Pinterest is that you have to be invited to join. Luckily, my daughters were both already on Pinterest so it was easy for me to join and begin creating my own boards.
I typed the word “peach” and searched for that key word on Pinterest to see what ideas I could find. I came across this great board that provided me with a plethora of ideas. From it, I made peach salsa, peach fruit leather, peach cobbler,and I prepared peaches for freezing to use at a later date (think smoothies).
I loved these ideas so much, that I repinned them to one of my own boards titled, “Recipes.” So,the next time I have an abundance of fresh, free peaches, I know right where to go to figure out what to do with them. Isn’t social media grand?
Have you started your love affair with Pinterest yet? What is on your boards?
Please check out my boards on Pinterest: Caryn Payzant (themidlifeguru). And if you need an invitation to join, let me know and I’ll help get you started. But I’ll have to warn you: you will get addicted to the wonderful world of Pinterest.