Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am. Not only because I wake up to the most happy adorable baby boy ever. But in other ways too.
Bear with me guys. I know its October and everyone is talking about Halloween and pumpkins and I’m here talking about peaches… but. Mom life. I get it. It’s old news. But just go with it.
When Northwest Cherry Growers contacted me again and asked if I’d be interested in a last minute shipment of white fleshed peaches, I said “Sure!” I couldn’t wait. And then they came, and they were all bad. Like, beyond soft. Mush. Fruit flies everywhere! I was so sad and disappointed- this had never happened in the 5 years of me being a Canbassador. So I emailed them explaining why I couldn’t use the fruit… and within 3 days I had a brand new shipment on my doorstep of peaches so fresh they were super firm!
And they were gorgeous too.
Unfortunately, mom life caused me to lose track of what I had planned to do. So I had to revisit my plans and kind of make things work during nap times. And with a teething baby that isn’t easy. At all.
I decided to do a riff on Marisa’s lazy peach preserves. I’m not a big honey person, and I didn’t have much in the house, so I went with sugar instead. I added lemon juice and for the liquid I used 1/4 of Earl Grey tea. I’ve made some Earl Grey nectarine preserves in the past and they were really good, so when I substituted sugar for honey and needed to add a liquid I thought I’d do that again. I used decaf Earl Grey this time because that’s what I had close by. A pregnancy leftover.
Like Marisa says, these are a loose set preserve. I’m sure mine are probably a little firmer just because of the sugar vs. honey thing, but ultimately they are not a jam. There’s definitely chunks and slices of peach left whole in there. It’s a cross between preserved peach slices and preserves.
Oops. Oh well. Sometimes mistakes can turn out pretty awesome.
EARL GREY PEACH PRESERVES (adapted directly from Food in Jars’ lazy peach preserves)
- 4 lbs ripe peaches, pitted and sliced but NOT peeled (scrub fuzz off as best you can)
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup strong Earl Grey tea