Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Millions of Peaches, Peaches For Me

Posted on | September 14, 2010 | 18 Comments


Does anyone else know that song, Peaches by Presidents of USA? I can’t I say I know any of the other words besides, “millions of peaches, peaches for me” but I kept singing it the whole time I was picking and jamming these peaches.

It’s the end of peach season here in New England. I think I got the last of the crop at Brooksby Farm in Peabody, Mass over Labor Day weekend? They are super easy to pick off trees just like apples. Photos of the field above and below. I brought them home, sliced them up, soaked them in sugar for about fours hours, and then cooked them down with some lemon. Viola jam! That’s it! I sampled the jam with a little ice cream and it was delicious. Have you been canning too? I would love to hear your stories.





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Getting Ready For Canning

Posted on | June 9, 2010 | 15 Comments

Did you miss me? I was outside enjoying summer and trying to slowly break myself of my internet habit. I promise to keep blogging but I need a summer break. Expect informal pop-ins from me every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Hopefully less about the internet world and more about my everyday life in New England.

Last night, I started pulling together my canning supplies. If you remember last summer canning season was a bust. We had that horrible rainstorm that lasted till August? Strawberries were horrible and tomatoes were mostly ruined by the blight.

This season I am taking full advantage of the great weather. I would like to get some canning jars in different sizes and maybe try out Weck’s jars too! In years past I’ve used a lobster pot for boiling the jars which was sufficient but difficult to use because it was so narrow and I got burnt about a zillion times. I ordered a Canning pot on Amazon which comes with a jar rack. Could be useful?

I’m hoping to do a lot more preserving this season. Till now strawberry and blueberry jam are the only recipes I have conquered. I picked up Ashley English’s new book, Homemade Living: Canning & Preserving. Hopefully some good pickle recipes? Check out her blog too: small measure. I found this blog all about preserving on Ashley’s blog: tigress in a jam. She has great round up of recipes using rhubarb, yum!

Stay tuned for more. I’m hoping to go strawberry picking this weekend or early next week depending on the weather. Do you have a favorite fruit you love to jam?


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