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Enjoy the just picked flavour of Ontario peaches and nectarines (NC) - The summer months offer Canadians an array of outdoor activities and weekend festivals. It's no wonder that when fall approaches, pantries are still waiting for the promised preserves that once graced their empty shelves. Well have no fear, Ontario tender fruit growers are here to provide freezing tips and preserve recipes at www.ontariotenderfruit.com to give you a head start on extending the tender fruit season. Enjoy the fresh fruit flavours of peaches and nectarines year round in desserts and smoothies or, jazz up toast and muffins with a yummy classic preserve.
To Peel: Dip peaches or nectarines in boiling water 30 to 60 seconds; immediately place in ice water. Rub skins off by hand.
To Core: Slice peaches or nectarines along seam; twist and remove pit.
To Prevent Coat sliced peaches or nectarines with lemon juice or fruit Browning: preservative (i.e. FruitFresh) immediately after slicing.
To Batch Freeze: Peel, pit and slice peaches or nectarines. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) fruit preservative to 4 cups (1 L) sliced peaches or nectarines. Pack tightly into plastic containers, leaving 1-inch (2.5-cm) air space at top. Top with a crumpled sheet of wax paper and seal tightly. Frozen peaches or nectarines can be stored for one year.
To Individually Wash, pit and slice peaches or nectarines. Place slices on a Freeze: cookie sheet or tray (do not overlap) and put in freezer. Once frozen, remove, portion and place slices in freezer containers or bags. Return individual portions to the freezer.
Dip into your individually frozen stock of peaches or nectarines to prepare this delicious Ontario tender fruit smoothie, or simply use fresh.
In a food processor or blender, process Ontario peaches or nectarines and undiluted frozen orange juice concentrate until smooth. Add plain yogurt; process until well combined. Sweeten to taste with honey, if desired.
Serving Size: Makes 2 1/2 - 3 Cups (625 mL - 750 mL)
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