Last week I read a good article by Stephanie over at Saving Naturally about Why We Waste Food: Are We Too Picky? In Stephanie's article she says:
"The only thing that could probably be said for them was that their imperfections offended my culturally-influenced concept of what “good” food ought to look like."
I still have never canned or preserved any great quantities of food, but I was sure I could figure it out. So, I asked him if I could have them and he said "sure!". He went through the rest of his crates to pick out the "spoils" and I took half a crate of FREE peaches home!
Once I got them home I panicked a bit. Whatever I was going to decide to do with them had to be that day and fast before the fruit flies and rot quickly set in. I searched the internet and found some great freezing tips on http://www.pickyourown.org/ but the task still seemed overwhelming. So, I called my dear neighbour and friend, Sarah, to see if she could help. She came right over and showed me how to do everything.
Look at how far my poor trees are bent over on the left.
The temperature drop was 20 degrees within minutes.I hope you'll be inspired to take a second look at imperfect produce and recognize that it's still useable and worth a try. Hey, you might even get it for free!