Thursday night we got an email saying that one of our neighbors had some boxes of peaches she was willing to give away and that they would be great to can. Tim was excited, he loves peaches, and asked if we should go get some. I said that would be a great idea, if he had a wife that liked/knew how to can. He kind of nodded in sad agreement and gave up his dream of peaches. I thought about it and decided I may not know how to can the peaches, or make jam, but I do have a large freezer and we love frozen fruit for smoothies. So...30 minutes later and I had a large box of peaches and a need for some free time. Friday morning I went on a 20 mile run, then came home, cleaned the bathrooms, and decided I better find something worthwhile to do...like peaches. I looked at several websites and got different recommendations before getting started.
A lot of people recommended blanching the peaches in boiling water and then a cold water bath to make them easy to peel, but these skins came off so easily, I just pealed with a small paring knife.
Once I had a small bowl peeled and cut in small slices, I added about a tablespoon of lemon juice and about 1/4 cup of sugar and let them sit for a few minutes.
The key was to freeze the peaches individually on trays so that when you want to use them, they aren't all stuck together.
By the time I finished I was itchy and sticky, but feeling pretty accomplished. We now have 20 bags of peaches ready to go, they should be extra delicious in the middle of the winter.