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mlgb Jul 8, 2007 04:29 PM

The Babcock peach tree is in full overload. Looking for ideas for preserving them without added sugar (diet issues). The simpler the better. Can I just cut them and freeze them in small batches without having them turn into an ugly brown mess on thawing. Help!

  1. ArikaDawn Jul 8, 2007 04:52 PM

    Not sure about preserving, but I just read a post where Beetlbug detailed a recipe involving white peaches.
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/41693...
    In case you're interested, there's the link.

    1. katkoupai Jul 8, 2007 04:55 PM

      We have a neighbor that always gives us a small bag of extra fruit from his trees. I think it's a really nice thing to do. We have an apricot tree that always produces too much fruit. What usually happens is we only eat a small bit of it and the rest, unfortunately, goes to waste.

      Maybe you can give some of the peaches to your friends. The idea of a fresh peach pie also sounds good to me

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        kobetobiko Jul 8, 2007 05:18 PM

        Yes! you can peel the skin and cut them into small pieces and freeze them. They are great for making smoothies!

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          steve h. Jul 8, 2007 05:21 PM

          bellinis. lots of them. all year 'round.

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            itryalot Jul 9, 2007 05:33 AM

            Same. I peel, puree and add a touch of lemon juice. Freeze in small containers; great for parties.

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            mlgb Jul 8, 2007 07:02 PM

            Good idea! If I use them still frozen then they wont turn yukky. Thanks.

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            chocolatechip Jul 8, 2007 06:23 PM

            cook some! Take a pan with about 2 tbs of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and sautee for a few minutes until the peaches are soft then add some port, rum or sherry and let the alcohol boil out. This is a great quick recipe and works well with almost any fruit. try it!

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              mlgb Jul 12, 2007 05:32 PM

              I guess you didn't see the bit about diet issues. Thanks anyways, I'm sure it's absolutely delicious.

            2. kmh Jul 8, 2007 07:10 PM

              to eat straight away

              cut peach in half and put on baking tray
              crush some amaretto biscuits and mix in 1 egg white. stuff the stone cavity with this, and place a piece of dark chocolate (low in sugar) on top. bake for 10-15 minutes (long enough for chocolate to melt and peach to warm/cook. THIS IS SENSATIONAL AND DELICIOUS and relatively guilt free

              peach melba - poach the peaches, and then make a raspberry sauce (raspberries blended with some icing sugar) to pour over the top. (the poached fruit keeps for ages in its syrup)

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                bigjimbray Jul 8, 2007 07:48 PM

                If you freeze some make sure you sprinkle fruit fresh on them so they won`t turn
                brown on you. you can find it in the canning section at most stores in a little can.
                Babcocks are a great peach, do you have a good size peach? because those
                Babcocks can get to a pretty good size peach, I have a white peach called the
                white nectar.and that is what I have to do to them if I freeze them or can them.
                when you have to many , share with your friends, neighbors and relatives and
                don`t let them just fall on the ground. and if I don`t feel up to doing that, that day
                I will have them people just come over and let them pick what they want. and it works
                out real good that way. I have all kinds of fruit, and my neighbors love to come
                over and pick that.

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                  jungleboy Jul 8, 2007 08:26 PM

                  squeeze a white peach or two in your hands over a salad bowl...add a splash of champagne vinegar, a splash of evoo, a little chopped shallot, s&p and toss it with either some arugula or watercress...garnish with a dice of white peaches on top...killer

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                    Densible Jul 8, 2007 08:32 PM

                    That sounds amazing and a great way to use bruised, past their prime fruit. I can never eat all the fruit I buy (can't help myself) fast enough.....

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                    mlgb Jul 8, 2007 10:35 PM

                    The neighbors and friends are kind of sick of them or have made all the cobbler and pies that they want, too. When you pick some, the rest just get bigger so it's hard to get ahead. Now the fruit flies and birds are starting to go for the ripe ones, so I have to clean the tree off or it gets ugly back there! Sort of a nice problem to have but I wish I had planted a less delicate variety.

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                      bigjimbray Jul 9, 2007 05:45 AM

                      one thing you can do to get rid of this problem and still have enough fruit for
                      yourself is that next year when you thin the fruit when its small just thin it
                      alittle more and you will have bigger and fewer fruit to contend with and
                      I think you will be rid of this problem. I know I have had to do this in the
                      past with a necterine tree that I had, it produce a whole lot more than i
                      expected and I had to do that each year but it worked out fine that way.

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                        Ruth Lafler Jul 12, 2007 10:04 PM

                        Is there a food bank program of some kind that will take them? -- they might even have someone who would come out and pick them.

                  3. QueenB Jul 9, 2007 08:02 AM

                    Send some to me? ;-)

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                      phatchris Jul 9, 2007 02:18 PM

                      Sangria

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                      Nyleve Jul 9, 2007 02:46 PM

                      Try this white peach sorbet
                      http://www.post-gazette.com/food/2001...

                      I've made it several times and it's delicious. When the peaches are really sweet and ripe, reduce the sugar (by half, even).

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                        HillJ Jul 9, 2007 03:43 PM

                        infuse vinegar with peaches
                        puree peeled peaches and use on ice cream
                        peach soup
                        peach & pork roast
                        grilled peaches

                        lucky you mlgb!

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                          Querencia Jul 12, 2007 08:49 PM

                          Buy Fruit Fresh (ascorbic acid). Mix a teaspoon per about 8 peaches. Slice them; they will form a lot of juice; mix them immediatey with the Fruit Fresh so they don't turn brown. You can freeze them that way. I have heard you can also use lemon juice to keep peaches from turning brown but haven't tried it. But you do have to use something.

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                            mlgb Jul 13, 2007 08:32 AM

                            Thanks, I've found an old jar of it in the back of the closet. It helps. I've also soaked some in vinegar and they turn pretty pink. And we soaked a bunch in bourbon last night but ate most of those. Yummy.

                          2. bmubyzal Jul 13, 2007 12:51 PM

                            You should probably cover lightly with some sort of acid (usually a little lemon juice) before you freeze it. THat will help prevent it from browning.

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                              mlgb Jul 28, 2007 07:37 PM

                              Wound up soaking in some Fresh Fruit and water, draining, packing in small baggies and freezing. I just halved them, unpeeled. They are working great in the smoothies (ice, peaches, soymilk, yogurt). The drink is pretty pale pink with flecks of skin. Plus a dash of Frangelico goes well. I think I'll do some with green tea ice cubes next!

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