From the closeup photo in the new banner above, one might think we have huge peaches. You may have even heard that everything grows bigger in Texas.
Well, the peaches on our tree don’t grow bigger – they’re pretty small.
But, oh how I have hope!
After several years of late freezes and goat damage, we have real live fruit on our tree!
Fresh peaches are so wonderful; they don’t have any resemblance to store-bought ones – unless they’re local, of course.
When we lived in Oklahoma, we would drive down to Porter and buy them from the orchards.
In Texas, there’s nothing like a Parker County peach. And boy, you have to get over there fast. One year the crop was so slim that we didn’t get any. Another year, the orchard was only letting people have a set amount.
I like to get 1/2 bushel, or a whole one if I have help putting them up for the freezer. We eat a ton of them fresh, make ice cream (absolutely incredible), eat them with heavy cream or make cobblers.
Then through the year, I ration them out to myself (Joe doesn’t like eating them plain so I’m really just putting them up for myself or the cobblers or ice cream. There are actually about 3 jars left in the freezer and I think they’ll last me until next month when the crop is in.
Speaking of ice cream, Joe made some Banana Ice Cream on Sunday when our family was here. Only Liam, Joe and I ended up eating it, so there was plenty left over for the freezer. There are only 2 servings remaining.
Good thing we’ll be in Grapevine today so we can pick up more cream. Sam’s has it in quarts for a whole lot less than the grocery store. And since this is ice cream weather (they’re predicting record high temperatures this week), I want to have plenty on hand.
I could hardly believe how good that Banana Ice Cream was. When I complimented Joe on how good it was, he told me the reason…he used the whole quart in it! I’ve always used about a cup or two, but never the whole carton. He said that was why it scooped so easily after being in our really cold freezer.
All I know is that we’ll be making Chocolate Walnut this afternoon and I can hardly wait.
After all the surgery, my taste buds are back to normal.