Growing Up Agrarian

We are four Christian, homechurched, homeschooled, homesteading, agrarian children growing up in Central Texas on a Ranch. We are Tracy,(15) Jennifer,(10) Robert,(9) and Sarah(5) Bunker. We also have one more brother, Thomas Shepard Bunker, who is in the courts of glory. We like to read books, raise animals, and play on the land. Tracy will be writing about the stuff we do. We hope you enjoy our Adventures!

8.09.2008

Making Peach Preserves

Hello yall. we finaly got some pictures to upload. Above is Tracy's Peach Preserves from the produce of the peach tree in Smyer. They are sooo easy to prepare and taste great.
Tracy Preserves Recipe:
4 cups sugar ( we use all natural sugar, not white, which explains the dark color. Our brand for now is Florida Crystals Demerara Cane Sugar)
2 tsp. Fruit Fresh
6 cups peaches


Peel peaches and wash well. Remove pits and chop into whatever size chunks of fruit you prefer in your jam. I slice them small, because I don't enjoy big chunks on my toast. In a medium sized pot, layer
3 cups of peaches
2 cups of sugar mixed with one tsp. Fruit Fresh
3 cups of peaches
2 cups of sugar mixed with one tsp. Fruit Fresh
Cover and place in cool area. Let them sit for 4 to 6 hours. The sugar will be a syrup when you return. After it is done, put it on the stove at the lowest setting till it boils and looks clear ( somewhat,but this will be hard to determine with such dark sugar, just use your judgement), then turn it up and KEEP AN EYE ON IT. It will scorch very very easily.When it looks pretty thick, (It will never pass the spoon test, where you dip a spoon in it and turn it sideways, and if it drips off in sheets it is ready. Yeah, you can sit there for hours, and it will still be the same syrupy consitency) . Once you turn it off, spoon it into hot, sterile jars and turn the upside down until they cool. You do not HAVE to water bath them, but if you want to, 20 minuites should do it.


Here is picture of Tracy's Mesquite Tortillas, notice the light tan color and dark spots from the slightly roasted beans.

This Praying Mantis took a liking to Robert as you can tell. The feeling must be mutual from the grin on that young man's face!


And Sugar, the troublemaker.


Until Next time, The Bunker Children

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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