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10 steps to Sweetness

I love flavored syrup on pancakes and I also love peaches so it only makes sense that I combine the two and make peach syrup.

Here’s how I do it:

1. Take several pounds of ripe Oklahoma peaches, chop and put into a large pot with a little water. No need to peel.

2. Literally cook peaches to a pulp.

3. Strain peaches and extract as much juice as possible.

4. Hang pulp to get the last drop of juice. (I apologize if this photo offends anyone…..it does offend me….a little)

5. Take juice and add TONS of sugar and cook with pectin to make syrup.

6. Put syrup into jars.

7. Spill last jar of syrup and burn hand. Doctor hand with cool water, ice and aloe vera gel (sorry no pictures, camera hand was out of commission)

8. Add lids to jars for sealing

9. Savor the sight of beautiful preserved (yet still hot) syrup.

10. Wish you were at my house eating pancakes.

p.s. My mother puts my peach jam on her pancakes with the peach syrup and pretends she’s at Ihop!

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Bounty of the Harvest

I think I was born in the wrong century. Don’t get me wrong…..I love the running water, electricity and technology (and most of all the washer, dryer and dishwasher) but I love canning things. I love making jam, applesauce, and salsa. So….

I started with this:

Yes, that’s 30 pounds of Texas Tomatoes. The little Mexican guy at the farmers market laughed at me when I bought 30 lbs of tomatoes and only 2 jalapeño peppers. I don’t like things too spicy!)

and turned it into this:

29 pints of delicious Salsa.

I could not have done this alone of course so Pete was in charge of chopping all the bell peppers and onions. There were mountains of both (sorry no photo, I was up to my elbows in tomatoes).

My good friend Lou has been bringing me Stratford, OK, peaches so I’ve been making jam:

I’ve also tried my hand at home made sugar-free cranberry sauce. My taste testers haven’t gotten back to me yet so I’m not sure how it turned out. I’ll keep you posted. (the cranberries were in my freezer and I needed the space so I decided to try something new!)

In whatever century, you can’t beat home made food of any kind!

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