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Hi, friends! I’ve been working at The Peach Barn in Holmes County, Ohio, for the last week and a half, so I thought this would be the perfect time to make a list of some of my favorite Trim Healthy Mama-friendly peach recipes! A few of my blogging friends contributed some recipes as well, so I hope you enjoy browsing through this list and picking some new recipes to try! We have shakes, breakfast items, cobblers of all sizes, frozen yogurt, and even some lacto-fermentation going on!
Unfortunately 90% of the southern peach crop got frosted out this year, so peaches are in shorter supply than usual (and prices are higher as a result); but thankfully The Peach Barn has remained stocked through the summer. We work with an orchard in Johnston, South Carolina, every year to ship good ol’ southern peaches to Holmes County (where my grandpa grew up). When we first started selling peaches, we got so many questions – simple questions like, “Are they good?” Skepticism reigned because mealy peaches, cling peaches, and peaches that never actually ripen are an unfortunate norm in grocery stores and even some produce stands! A lot of these problems stem from one simple issue:
They’re refrigerated for extended periods of time before they’re fully ripe.
Never store a firm/ripening peach in a refrigerator! Granted, if you’re shipping them somewhere, you have to refrigerate them for a day or two until they get to their destination. If you didn’t, you’d end up with mush and bruises. After shipping, it’s important to get those peaches out of the cooler and into a cool room – like a basement, or a shady barn like we use at The Peach Barn – and let them slowly ripen. When you buy peaches, let them lie on your counter or on newspaper on the floor until they’re fully ripe. Then, and only then, should you put them in the refrigerator for longer-term storage. Peaches that are refrigerated before they’re ripe will not properly ripen and will be dry and mealy, not fresh and juicy.
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