Putting up Peaches and Blueberries

We went to the Farmers' Market on Saturday and came home with a bunch of things, including a gallon of blueberries and a 1/2 bushel of peaches. We got to work saving the blueberries, or at least the ones we didn't eat.

We washed them in the colander. (This colander was overflowing when we started.)

We put one layer on a cookie sheet, and threw that in the freezer for about 45 minutes.
Every time I turned around I was greeted with this little thief. His fists and mouth were full! (Here he's saying, "What? I don't have anything in my mouth.")
After the freezing time was up, we popped the tray a couple of times and put them into bags. This way the berries will stay loose in the freezer, so we can get out how many we need. Or we can eat them frozen; we found out they are delicious either way!
Easy! The kids were able to do this, I just helped because it's kind of fun. The frozen berries are like little marbles. Just takes time, unless you have more freezer space and can use two cookie sheets at once.
Peaches! If you read my recipe for Peach Cobbler, you know how much we enjoyed these beauties. Peaches take a bit more time and make a much bigger mess to put up, but are completely worth it.
After washing the peaches, I peeled the skin off, just using a paring knife. I passed the peach to Eowyn or Gideon, who cut it up and bagged it. We added a tablespoon of lemon juice to the bag, and shook it up. But when we ran out of lemon juice, we just left it out. It's supposed to save the color, but another blogger didn't use it, so I decided not to worry about it. We'll see if there's a difference.

I squeezed the bags to get as much air out as possible before popping them into the freezer.
Peach juice got everywhere in the kitchen and all over my belly. Not to mention all over our faces, because (I forgot to mention this important step) you have to taste a peach every so often to make sure you aren't saving bad peaches. I'm happy to report that all of the peaches were delicious!

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