Enjoy flavors of summer before season ends

Summer peaches

Summer peaches are still available. A few jars of peach jam can be put up now to bring a taste of summer to winter meals.

Published: Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 02:59 PM.

Summer peaches are still available, and before the season ends make a few jars of peach jam for the winter and the holidays. If you have extra peaches, make them into a peach pie, follow your favorite peach pie recipe. Layer the peaches in a pie plate without the crust, freeze, remove from dish and wrap with plastic wrap, then place in a zipper freezer bag and freeze. When you are ready to make a pie, get 2-piecrusts, in a pie plate line with one pie crust and place frozen peach pie pieces in the crust, top with second crust, cut slits in top, flute and bake. You can’t get any easier than that.

North Carolina shrimp is still in season. Make sure to freeze a few pounds for the rest of the year. Put about ½ a pound of peeled tails left on shrimp in a sandwich plastic zipper bag, press down to lay flat and freeze. When ready to use place plastic bag in a warm bowl of water to thaw and use as needed. I always have fresh shrimp for the holidays for shrimp cocktails. The taste reminds me of summer.



Peach Jam

Makes 4 cups. For a zippier jam add 1-tablespoon fresh ginger, minced, omitting the cinnamon.

6 large peaches ( 8-9 medium peaches), peeled and sliced into wedges about 6 cups

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