It's been a bumper crop this year, when I try to shove so much as one more raspberry inside the freezer, it simply shudders and swings the door back out at me. Not that I'm complaining mind, it's just that it feels such a criminal waste to allow the over spill to rot. It doesn't help when the kids stubbornly refuse to scoff their allotted fifty a day. I've taken to resorting to disguise -
"C'mon, drink up your non-peach smoothie then, love."
"Mu-um, I've already got the trots.."
"Nothing wrong with a good clear out, you know, sign of a healthy system!"
Yeah, I sense the mutiny a-brewing. There isn't even any takers for my Peach Cobbler these days. But not so quick to admit defeat, I thought, "Alright, how about turning some into jam?"
After all, if it works with apricots, why not for peaches? Being no body's fool, I know to use slightly under ripe fruit. Hey-ho, it sounded a piece of cake! Er, well it would have been, 'cept have you ever tried stoning a sack of under ripe peaches? It bloomin' well hurts, so it does. I gave up after the first five.
But I'm clever, me, I found a way around it, just tossed them in whole. There! The cooking process could take care of it, they'd mulch up in their own good time, wouldn't they?
Truth be told, it took a while longer than I'd reckoned. Adding some lemon juice (for extra pectin), I left it to bubble more. One hour later, it still wouldn't pass the set test. Perhaps another glug of lemon? Into the pot it went.
Well it's true, everything does eventually come to those who wait. Though I admit to being slightly surprised it turned out dark brown, there was no denying it was clotting now. Crumbs, once sieved, it still kinda' even looked okay(ish) to me .
I could hardly wait to try it out on the kids. Spreading a slice of toast, I went off to hunt down the youngest. Ever the people pleaser, she reluctantly agreed to take a timid bite.
"So? What do you think?"
She took a baleful look up at my hopefully nodding face, and sighed.
Close enough. Not missing a beat, I nod, "Got it in one!"
Hell, so long as it's eaten, who cares? Anyways, I feel a peach chutney day coming on for tomorrow, wish me luck..!