Saturday, November 17, 2012

MEMORY LANE


Today I was reading my friend's post at Maple Lane..as she reflected about a family tradition of "Pickled Peaches".   As I read it a memory I hadn't thought of for years came like it was yesterday.

We were in the back yard.  I was about 10 and my mother and aunts were preparing peaches for pickling.  We were sitting with bowls of peaches in our laps carefully peeling them.  Being young, and my first experience getting to be included with the "women" I was thrilled.  Not being very good with a paring knife, I was cutting off more peach than peel.

With a laugh and a smile, my mom said, "Wanda, if you keep peeling those peaches like that, we'll have "Pickled Pits".  We all laughed, and if I remember, mom got me the potato peeler to finish the job. 

Childhood memories are precious.  Makes me want a "Pickled Peach".

23 comments:

  1. Oh my, I haven't thought of pickled peaches in ages either. My Mom used to make them. They were so yummy. Thanks for the trip down memory lane too.

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    1. I haven't tasted one in years. They are a memory food.

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  2. I've never heard of pickled peaches! What are they like?

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    1. I can't stop thinking that pickling peaches just seems wrong... haha Maybe that's because I love them so much just like they are. :)

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    2. Martha, I'm emailing you a recipe. They are spicy, with cloves and cinnimon. We ate them for with dinner, or as dessert.

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  3. Oh, Wanda, I love your memory of that afternoon. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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    1. I also recal how slippery they were and how hard to stick a fork in them. Fun memories.

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  4. thats so sweet Wanda, that was a wonderful thing to share with us,

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    1. Funny how a childhood memory can escape you until a "trigger" is hit and then it's like it happened yesterday. Wish I had a picked peach right now. Wish my sweet mom was alive.

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  5. What a sweet and treasured memory Wanda! I've never heard of pickled peaches. Sounds intriguing. :-)

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    1. I've never seen them in a store...must be a homemade recipe only. They were very spicy with cloves and cinnamon.

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  6. I remember my Mother making pickled pears and canning them for winter.

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    1. Now Patty, that's new to me, pears. We had such an abundance of peaches growing up, I guess they needed to try to use all the peaches in different ways. I think I would like the pickled pears.

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  7. OH, they sound delicious! And what a cute memory! I can remember peeling potatoes like that...not being able to leave the potato behind. haha. Peaches always look so beautiful in canning jars, too.

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    1. They really were good. Very different with the cloves and cinnamon sticks. They were always small "cling" peaches. Never seen it done with "freestones". They have a different look in the jars with the cloves poked in them.

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  8. Is that the same thing as canning? My Grammy and her friends used to do that too. My sister in law still does it : ).

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    1. Becky, they are canned the same way, but it's the cloves and cinnamon sticks that make them "Pickled Peaches" rather than just home canned peaches.

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  9. I wonder if pickled peaches are one of those regional foods? We grow peaches here...

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    1. I beginning to think it's perhaps a recipe brought out from Oklahoma when my mom's parents moved here. Wish some of them still alive to ask!

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  10. LOL! Pickled pitts! I love it. Your momma sounds like she was a very kind and fun lady. Good memory. Good story. blessings and hugs ~ tanna

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    1. Tanna, my mom was such a sweet and delighful person. Many of my childhood memories were blessed by her.

      She passed away in 1991. I miss her so, and now I'm nearing that age and count every day a bonus and blessing.

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  11. I have never heard of pickled peaches. Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I am amazed how many have not heard of Pickled Peaches! Maybe it's just something from my childhood, and the area we lived.

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