gasp! Naked peaches! They kind of looked like big egg yolks.
Pitting them went well too, I guess they were just ripe enough.
Kate and I chatted and caught up while we sterilized the jars
and filled them up with the sliced peaches. I loved the laughter in the kitchen as we looked at our old high school yearbook — we’ve known each other since kindergarten after all!
Then just a little piece of vanilla bean in each jar, processing in the boiling water and the vanilla permeated the syrup quite nicely. Mila observed and supervised of course.
Next up, zesting some lemons
For a quick dessert from Canning for a New Generation, I broiled some of the vanilla peaches with some whipped cream and demerara sugar.
Kate even brought birthday presents! Lovely hand-painted tiles for JOY, HOPE, LOVE and WISH with pink wine and a hand-stamped and punched card. She knows how much I love the thoughtfulness of handmade gifts, especially when they’re pink!
We’ve built up quite a canned collection: there’s the raspberry jam from a previous post, but the strawberry and sour cherry preserves are long gone. So I thought we’d be all set and stocked up for the coming autumn…