|Recently canned peaches|
Do not be mistaken, I do remove the blemishes and bruises, but I use every edible piece otherwise. I halve the ones that are mostly intact and slice up any pieces that need extra trimming. I pack my peaches in an extra light syrup and am never disappointed in the fresh-picked flavor they impart. It is important to remove those damaged and severely overripe spots to avoid introducing spoilage to the precious bounty.
|Mixed red and "Limmony"|
As with everything in life, we strive for something close to perfection with the garden. My definition of perfection is just markedly different from that of canning book and recipe authors. I do not expect my ingredients to win any awards for appearance. What I am looking for is a certain standard of health, quality and taste. If the end product stores well and tastes like it was just picked moments ago, I have achieved my vision of canning perfection.