Monday, August 15, 2011

Radical Cooking - Easy Fresh Peach Preserves (No Canning Required!)



From the Kitchens of Cheesecake Farms
www.CheesecakeFarms.com

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Cooking outside the take out box
Better, faster, fresher, easier, cheaper & healthier....


Coarsely mash peaches

If the thought of making home made jams, jellies and preserves conjures up images of steamy kitchens and long hours over a hot stove, here's a radical little recipe that will change all that.


Fresh preserves are the darling of the very best caterers and you'll pay a hefty price.


They're called "fresh' preserves because they're quickly cooked and not canned.


It's peach season in Virginia - a great time so try these quick and easy, home made preserves - but don't just serve them on your breakfast toast...


Spread them on your biscuits, French Toast and pancakes

Measure mashed
 peaches & juice

Dollop some on home made pound cake

Layer generously with granola and yogurt for a breakfast trifle or parfait

Use as a cheesecake topping....

You'll find hundreds of uses!!

Makes 4 cups
  • 8 to 10 ripe peaches (each 3 inches in diameter; about 3½  pounds)
  • 3 T. lemon juice
  • 1¼ cups sugar
Cook, stirring, till
reduced in volume by half

Peel and pit peaches.  Remove any bruised spots and discard.

  
Coarsely mash.  Stir in lemon juice.
  
Measure peaches and juice.  
You should have about 5 cups.  
A little more or less is OK.


Put mashed peaches and juice in large skillet (10 to 12 inches in diameter and 3 inches deep, not cast iron).


Add sugar.  Cover pan.  Bring to boil over high heat.  


Boil 1 minute with lid on.  Remove lid.  Reduce heat so peaches continue to bubble but don't boil over.


Cook, stirring, until mixture reduces in volume by half, about 8 minutes.  Do not overcook.  Preserves thicken as they cool.
Even makes a yummy dip
for fresh fruits and veggies


Remove from heat.  Skim any foam and discard.
Immediately ladle into a heat-proof container.


Cool, uncovered, at room temperature (about 1 hour), then cover and refrigerate.


Store in refrigerator up to 1 week.

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Karla's Tip
Watch the skillet carefully so you don't over cook the preserves.  Over cooking will darken the color and caramelize the taste.   You'll loose that nice fresh peach taste!!


Be sure to use a skillet and not a pot.
A skillet is (not more than) 3 inches deep - a pot is deeper.


It will take longer to evaporate the moisture in a pot so your preserves will over cook.





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