I (Dale) ate the last of my pickled peaches for breakfast this morning. Tomorrow I will make more. So I thought I would shared this little preparation that delights me so.
In Colorado, fresh fruit is not available during the winter. Yes, that is true most places, but here it doesn’t show up until the last month of summer. Apples, bananas and citrus fruits, yes, but no peaches, plums or apricots. That which is shipped in from sunnier climates is usually hard and tasteless. If you wait until they are soft, they become pithy, rotten.
When it comes to food, I seldom accept defeat. I buy canned peach halves and pickle them! While they do not taste like fresh peaches, they are sweet, spicy, pleasing in texture and reminiscent of what you might find in the summertime.
With their cheerful golden color, these little guys add spice to breakfast, make a lovely garnish for your dinner plate and a satisfying dessert when you haven’t had time to do something elaborate. This is how it’s done. [Dale]
You will need:
1 good sized pickle jar and lid 1/4 cup Sugar
1 29 oz. can of Peach Halves 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar 1/4 teaspoon ground Cloves
1. Pit the peach halves in the jar. Keep the syrup to use later.
2. Add the red wine vinegar, sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
3. Cover the peaches with the reserved syrup.
4. Place the lid on the jar and turn it upside down a couple of times to mix all the ingredients.
5. While these are good after two hours, they are their best after a week.
Food for thought:
If we want to serve pickled peaches at their spicy best for those we love, the Girl Scout motto comes in handy. “Be prepared.” Think ahead. Plan.
Today our world is in such chaos that many are choosing to invest their time and money on preparation for emergency situations of all kinds. People are storing food, water, fuel; buying generators, keeping chickens, cultivating vegetable gardens and packing “get away” bags. My husband and I are planning a mini-drill this week. We’ll cook on our Coleman stove and try out a friend’s invention—tuna can burners to keep food warm. Someday we plan to go all out and live a full day and night as though we had no electricity or incoming water. It will be interesting to see how we do.
Physical preparation is important. But, according to our year’s study of Revelation, spiritual preparation is essential.
“Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book” (Revelation 22:7)
“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers”(I Timothy 4:16).
We do not live in normal times. Don’t let the continual effect of disaster and crisis lull you into thinking they are. In one year we’ve experienced an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and a 90 foot tsunami in Japan. This has resulted in nuclear leaks that are affecting the water and atmosphere of the whole world. In Haiti a massive earthquake has left almost 2 million people homeless. This past month in America, five Southern states were devastated by 211 tornadoes stretching 220 miles with winds exceeding 200 MPH, all on the same day (April 28). Over and over we hear the announcement, “This is the worst natural disaster we’ve ever experienced” or “This is the worst in 70 years, etc.”
The world has its eye on the Midde East. Violence is exploding everywhere. The threat of nuclear war between Israel and Iran is eminent. Even the U.S. seems displeased with Israel. And yet Jerusalem is the apple of God’s eye.
Are we in the end times? Is Christ coming very soon? Is judgment near?
If so, I want to focus my attention on preparing spiritually, make things right with God, family and friends, follow His daily guidance with intent, come to know Jesus Christ better every day, take note of His graciousness in my life. I want to be ready to meet Him face to face and hear Him say, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant!”
Do you hear trumpets?
Dear Lord, show us clearly what we need to do in our relationship with you. Give us grace and power to prepare inwardly as you would have us do. And come, Lord, at the hour you have chosen, the one not even Jesus knew. We are serious about you. We love you. Please guide.
In Jesus name, Amen