Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Orchard - Update II

Orchard Peaches Spring 2010
This Spring we were very excited to harvest our first peach crop! It is still hard for me to believe, having grown up as a city girl, that you can actually grow your own "stuff" and not have to go to the store! Sadly, and as silly as that sounds, it is still such a new concept to me.

We currently have four peach trees in our little orchard; and we were so thankful to see the big, colorful, healthy peaches hanging there, each a gift from God:

Orchard Peaches on Tree Spring 2010


It wasn't a large harvest, but plenty for us to eat and preserve:

Harvested Peaches in Basket


We cut up and placed some on the solar dryer, which turned out great! They are now in canning jars on the counter to grab when we want a snack:

Orchard Peaches on Solar Dryer


I also found a very easy recipe for canning peaches (I didn't even skin them, and they came out fine). I also used minimal sugar to create a very light syrup instead of the normal heavy syrup. They were delicious, and I still have a few jars down in the root cellar for winter time:

Orchard Canned Peaches


Lastly, but certainly not least, I have been wanting to experiment with making chutneys; so I found a great peach chutney recipe in the Ball Blue Book of Preserving. I recently mixed it in with a chicken and rice dish, and it was delicious! I have since made other chutneys as well, but plan to devote another blog post to that. But, in short, I am SOLD on chutney!

Orchard Canned Peach Chutney


We are so very grateful to God for His gift of these peaches, among all of the other produce from our orchard this year.

James 1:17: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

Susan

2 comments:

ChrisW said...

Susan,

It's always a joy to read yours and David's blogs... keep 'em coming :).

May are great God continue to bless you,
Chris
Liberty Hill, Tx

David and Susan Sifford said...

Chris,

Thanks very much for taking the time to read our blog and for your comment. We appreciate it and pray for God's graces and mercies to be upon you and yours.

Susan