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Old 08-12-2011, 05:13 PM   #11
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Yes! Dark rum would work. Or cognac. Or brandy.
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:13 PM   #12
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my grandparents had apples, pears and peaches in their "yard" -

each year was different - they didn't swap out the tree or change out the soil. weather conditions play a huge role in fruit "quality" / taste
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:26 PM   #13
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I always smell my peaches before buying. I check for firmness (want a little give) and then sniff. If I can smell the peach aroma, it goes in the bag, if I can't it goes back on the pile. I don't know if this is "proper" but it seems to work for me. I rarely get bad peaches doing this.
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:38 PM   #14
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I know, I should have been more diligent and sniffed 'em, but they looked so pretty. Went from $1.25 a pound to 50 cents. No wonder.

On the upside, I found the Topsy Turvy Tomato planters in clearance for $1.00, regular $9.95!
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:12 PM   #15
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I have just given up on grocery store peaches. If I can't get to the orchard to buy them, I don't bother. And even then, they can be tasteless, especially the late peaches. I have frozen, canned and made peach butter of inferior peaches, and my recommendation is--don't bother. They don't improve.

I do have VERY high standards for peaches, so YMMV. :)
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:21 PM   #16
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i haven't discovered a reliable test for good, flavorful, juicy peaches. the smell can be heavenly even while the fruit itself is mealy. yechh. to me, the worst sin any peach can commit is that of mealiness. but, without breaking open the fruit, i know of no way to detect a mealy peach. soo, what i occasionally do, is a small taste test. yep. i do it, furtively, and without the advise or consent of anyone. the test peach, if a winner, goes into the bag along with the rest of my purchases. the really mealy test peach, on the other hand, has been known to make its way, discreetly, to a trash barrel locatedin the produce area of the store....if store management wishes to discourage fruit self-tests such as mine, they really should consider setting out samples of sliced fruit themselves....
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:23 PM   #17
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I hear ya, Sparrowgrass. Am thinking the least painful thing to do with them is dehydrate. At least then I can use them in other stuff.

Oh well. We tried.

Lol, Vit! Drive- by peach chomps! Start a fund to bail me out of jail!
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I know, I should have been more diligent and sniffed 'em, but they looked so pretty. Went from $1.25 a pound to 50 cents. No wonder.

On the upside, I found the Topsy Turvy Tomato planters in clearance for $1.00, regular $9.95!

topsy turvies were $19.95 last time i looked, dawg. you did good! sparrowgrass, what does ymmv stand for? acronyms--gi, omcz. (generationally incompatible, outside my comfort zone)
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Old 08-12-2011, 07:50 PM   #19
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Sprinkle them with cinnamon. A squeeze of fresh lemon also brings out the flavor.
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what does ymmv stand for?
your mileage my vary
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