Salsa Demo at Abingdon Farmers Market

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Hey everyone! Stop by the Abingdon Farmers Market today for a Prudent Wife Live demonstration from 3-6, Tuesday, July 20! We will be making SALSA of every kind! Spicy Serrano Jalapeno Salsa, a milder Everyday Salsa, a luscious, cool Watermelon Salsa and hopefully Peach Salsa!

Tons of useful ideas on making fresh salsa and canning salsa! Terrific ideas on how to use it year round, to spice up even the dullest dishes with a new twist!


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How to Freeze Peaches

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From Southern Living – the peach experts!

Peaches Year-round
Savoring the sun-kissed flavor of juicy peaches all year long is easy–simply freeze them at their peak. Freeze sliced, peeled peaches with or without a sugar syrup, depending on how you plan to serve them. Either way, add lemon juice or commercial powdered fruit preservative such as Fruit-Fresh to protect color and texture. Look for fruit preservatives in the produce or canning sections of your supermarket.

For jams and jellies or cooked dishes, such as pies and cobblers, freeze peaches without sugar, and thaw only partially prior to use. Thaw in the refrigerator about 6 hours or until peach slices can be separated but are still semi-frozen; use immediately.

As sugar syrup further helps retain color and texture, peaches frozen with syrup are the better bet for uncooked applications, such as served over pound cake or ice cream. Thaw syrup-packed peaches in the refrigerator 8 to 10 hours, and plan to use thawed peaches within 1 day.

Unsweetened peaches: Gently toss 4 cups sliced, peeled peaches with 1 Tbsp. powdered fruit preservative or a mixture of 1 tsp. lemon juice and 1 Tbsp. water. Pack into a 1-qt. zip-top plastic freezer bag, leaving 1 inch of headspace. Squeeze out excess air, and seal; freeze. Use within 3 to 6 months.

Syrup-packed peaches: Stir together 2 1/2 cups sugar, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or 4 tsp. powdered fruit preservative, and 1 qt. water until sugar dissolves. Pour 1/2 cup sugar syrup into a 1-qt. zip-top plastic freezer bag. Add 4 cups sliced, peeled peaches and additional syrup to cover peaches (about 1 cup), leaving 1 inch of headspace. Squeeze out excess air, and seal; freeze. Use within 8 months.


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