Adventures in Killing Plants: Canned peach salsa

Just in case there is a hurricane heading our way we are prepared with a lot of peach salsa. All we will need to find is are a lot of tortilla chips! This took a long time and lots of chopping. Good thing the salsa is tasty. After all the peaches are off the tree…I don’t want to see a peach until May 2014!



Adventures in Killing Plants: Peach ice cream

For our wedding we received a lot of new and awesome kitchen gadgets including an ice cream maker from Melissa & Jason Hadley. Peach season seemed like the perfect time to break out the ice cream make for the first time. The recipe I used is from the Food Network. Have I mentioned the Pepper Plate App/Website? It’s an awesome tool to organize and share your recipes. (Thank you Nikki Pietragallo for telling me about it!)

Peach Ice Cream


    • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen peaches, peeled if preferred
    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons peach brandy
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 egg yolks


    1. In a bowl combine peaches, 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice and peach brandy. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or overnight, stirring occasionally. Remove peach mixture from refrigerator and drain juice into a cup. Return peaches to refrigerator.
    2. In a saucepan combine 3/4 cup sugar, heavy cream, milk and vanilla. Bring just to a boil.
    3. In bowl whisk egg yolks. While whisking stream in about 1/3 of the boiled cream mixture. While whisking cream and sugar mixture, stream in egg and cream mixture. Return to the heat and continue to heat while stirring. Mixture will thicken as it returns to a boil. Remove from heat and strain into a bowl set over ice. Add the reserved peach juice.
    4. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. After the ice cream begins to stiffen, when very close to done, add the peaches and continue to freeze until done. Variation: Use fresh raspberries
    The brand new ice cream maker
    All the ingredients in the ice cream maker
    The ice cream starting to get thicker and creamier!
The peaches are stirred in near the end of the process.
Enjoying home made ice cream with homemade peach pie!

Yummy!!! I think I could get used to making homemade ice cream every now and then!

Adventures in Killing Plants: Frozen peaches with a food saver

We have a lot of peaches this year. So many more than last year and we don’t want them to go to waste. I’ve googled tons of peach recipes! But for now we will freeze and vacuum pack peaches to use in future bakings. This also meant I got a new kitchen gadget, a food saver!

First up clean and chop the peaches.

This batch we kept the skin on. And coated the peaches with 2 tbsp of lemon juice and 2 tbsp of sugar to help preserve the peaches and keep them from browning. Then the peaches were placed on a cooking sheet with parchment paper for freezing.
One frozen, the peaches were vacuum sealed with my new toy!
Now the peaches are ready to stay in the freezer until we need them!