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GRANA here; This is the time of year fresh pears are in season & available at more reasonable prices ( $.79# this week for choice of 3 varieties) Unfortunately they arrive & are sold as hard
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STONE FRUIT HARD AS ROCKS????

posted at 10/14/2011 3:05 PM EDT
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GRANA here; This is the time of year fresh pears are in season & available at more reasonable prices ( $.79# this week for choice of 3 varieties) Unfortunately they arrive & are sold as hard as rocks. Iguess this method allows more fruit to be shipped w/o arriving bruised & unapealing . An easy way to get them ready to eat before springtime;WinkStone fruit( peaches,plums , apricots) can be  placed w/ a few apples into a paper bag.....tightly roll the top of the bag, to close , Let  it sit on the counter & the fruit will ripen a lot faster  .In a cool room, they will usually be eady to wash & eat in 3 days. In a wamer room 2 days might be enough time. I have tried  avocados & bananas and it worked w/ them too.The only real problem is that you cannot see inside the closed bag & you might forget to check by the time the fruit is ripened enough to eat; leadng to over-ripe spoiled fruit.Just make sure you heck daily & you ll find you  have ripe fresh fruit faster than than you expected or even  thought possible.Surprised
Your COST: only f few  minutes a day; nothing extra to buy; you pobably already have a paper bag & few apples in your home.
As an experiment;I put one stone-hard pear in a aper bag  & left 2 out on the counter.In 2 days, the bagged pears are almost ripe the other two are stil stone-hard & inedible......in only one or two more days they wil be fuly ripe & juicy, absolutely delicious alone or w/ cokies ford essert
A good appetizer:slice ripe pears thinly, lenthwise on a small plate ( sprinkle  w/ crumbed blue cheese& toasted chopped pecans...Drizzl w/ dresing choice( French or honey type
serve before a grilled or roast meat  poultry meal;aslmost like beginning w/ dessertCool

Re: STONE FRUIT HARD AS ROCKS????

posted at 10/14/2011 4:27 PM EDT
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I have found that peaches are one of the most difficult to find ripe.  Even if the peach seems a bit ripe rather than a nice juicy peach you get a mushy mealy peach.
I remember as a kid the peaches we got from road side stands going through Georgia on our way to Florida.  They were smaller, fuzzy and so juicy that our shirts would be stained with peach juice. (Oh the days before Oxy Clean!) They were so fuzzy that the peach fuzz would stick into your chin much like fiberglass insulation sticks to your hands and arms.

I have a recipe that I use for peaches that are rock hard.  The pound cake will make hard pretty flavorless peaches taste pretty good.  (Or it could be the 3 cups of sugar that is used in the pound cake.)

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posted at 10/14/2011 7:25 PM EDT
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I have stopped eating apples because they are so hard.  My Dad cuts them up in pieces to eat.  For cooking I use canned fruit.

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posted at 10/14/2011 9:32 PM EDT
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Once in a while I want fruit, go ahead and buy the stuff knowing it's not good.

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posted at 10/14/2011 10:36 PM EDT
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I like Peaches,mangos,pineapple,and strawberries

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posted at 10/15/2011 12:08 AM EDT
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I have never had a juicy peach in CA!  I had forgotten that peaches
could really be juicy until I got some peaches at the Holland Farmers
Market in MI.  They were big peaches and smelled really good so I
got them.  I had them with cottage cheese!  I couldn't believe how
good and juicy they were. 

Re: STONE FRUIT HARD AS ROCKS????

posted at 10/15/2011 1:30 AM EDT
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Carol, one way we Californians can get juicy peaches is to put them on the grill. Before the peach is ripe, I slice it into about 6 slices, sprinkle with cinnamon, and put on the grill for about 2 minutes. The peaches end up sweet, juicy, and taste like peaches in a pie.

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posted at 10/15/2011 4:55 AM EDT
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 HiPAT A; GRANA  here; I wash &  polish raw apples &keep several in a basket on the kitchen  table, at all times.; so pretty! Hubby grabs one hroughout the day &  I  hear: munch/crunch/mmmmm.CoolSmile
I cut mine n half then slice 1/4"  thick slices up to the core on both sides.  Iplace these 10+ slices on a small dish, toss on a few vanlla wafers& quitily itiy enjoy my treat Cool I especially like the tart flavor of the granny  (Smith) green apples but ometimes they are just too hard,  unlessI slice them up first..I can take my tme enjoying the slices & they never seem to rust/oxidize/turn brown before I'm done
Macs are softer& sweeter but immediately turn brown after the first bite.Washington state delicious apples are beautiiful, flavorful,juicy &  extemely hardto take the first bite They oxidize rapidly too.Frownempires& galas are a compromise, sweet, jicy&not too hard but they oxidize too fast to slowly nibble & must be chomped rapidly.Rome beauties  are HUGE  & make the best baked apples; courtlands are similar but smaller, a better size for smaller appetites.
All work well to help ripen other fruits in a paper bagSmile

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posted at 10/15/2011 5:07 AM EDT
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I used to like freestone peaches, now( this year) all I could find was cling peaches, less juicy & harder to eat.When our 2 sons were young, on road trips,  I'd pull a ripe freestone peach in half  & each boy wouldg et onep iece. I lways carriedw wet washcloths( before wet wipes) wrapped in plastic & cleaned them up& my hands & wrists;  before we could be seen by others. Embarassed

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posted at 10/15/2011 5:15 AM EDT
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GRANA  here;
We buy a ripe fresh ineapple most weeks( on sale@ 2/$5___)
Hubbyslices it up & packs  it into a container or twoKiss.We keep the slices; wrapped,   in the  fridge for snax & desserts after our frequent  Asian meals.Our faces end up sticky unless we cut the slices in half, then only our fingers get sticky
FYI: pineapple contains triptophan(  just like beef & turkey)  & help me to get a better night's sleep or afternon napWink

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posted at 10/15/2011 5:32 AM EDT
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I hate it that you buy hard fruits or green bananas and they all ripen at once or rot before you can eat them.

Re: STONE FRUIT HARD AS ROCKS????

posted at 10/15/2011 5:39 AM EDT
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Nikki; When we lived in So.California, we had a small peach tree in the very far end of our very large backyard...[ in theback40]Laughing.There was a drought & use of hoses for watering was frowned  upon. Every day I carried buckets of water to pour around thetlittle tree in hopes of having wonderful peaches. My neighbor informed me that the tree was too young to produce fruit that year  & we were transferred toNo.California  before we  had any  peaches.That same  neighbor had two very prolific small  grapefruit trees & we enjoyed their bounty almost daily.
In NYC we had a fig tree in our  backyard.We had no garden hose & watered it w/buckets, never enjoyed a fig ;had a few but I prefered dried figs( and a  diferent variety)
In a previous N.H. home we had blackberry vines covering an arbor.We had a terific harvest w/ only rainwater & compost added.
In both So.& No. California, I had a strawberty jar( teicotta  clay  urn. filledw/ strawberries. It was on the porch right outside the kitchen door.Each morning I'd pik a  few for the morning's bowls of cereal orthat days  homemade frozen yogurt .Smile
 In N.H  my new neighbor's cleaned out  their rhubarb beds & sent their  kids over to dig a trench & plant them (over  our composted manure)  for me.For 4 yearsI had enough rhubarb to meet our needs.Cool

Re: STONE FRUIT HARD AS ROCKS????

posted at 10/15/2011 3:45 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: STONE FRUIT HARD AS ROCKS????:
Carol, one way we Californians can get juicy peaches is to put them on the grill. Before the peach is ripe, I slice it into about 6 slices, sprinkle with cinnamon, and put on the grill for about 2 minutes. The peaches end up sweet, juicy, and taste like peaches in a pie.
Posted by Verlee T


Verlee,  That is the only way that we eat peaches is on the grill!  I put cinnamon and
Swanson's Wildflower honey on them!  Have you seen McCormick's cinnamon grinder?
I use that now and it is so wonderful to have fresh cinnamon and smells so great!

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posted at 10/15/2011 6:47 PM EDT
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Caarol - This is the first time I've even heard of a cinnamon grinder!  Where did you get it?  I WANT ONE.

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posted at 10/15/2011 11:08 PM EDT
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Caarol - This is the first time I've even heard of a cinnamon grinder!  Where did you get it?  I WANT ONE.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy,  I found it at Big Lots! I don't know if you have any of them in your state
or not! Hubby is always in that store looking for deals. They are cheaper thatn  your
grocery stores.  They have really been doing good since the economy went down.
It cost me a dollar! It's about 5 inches tall. Net weight is 1 oz., but it feels a lot
heavier. It is McCormick's. I saw some other ones at Walmart but I don't know if
they have cinnamon. I hope you can find it!!  I love it!! I put it on my oatmeal
every morning.

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posted at 10/15/2011 11:47 PM EDT
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Carol, thanks for the tip about the cinnamon grinder. I'll check out my local Big Lots next week.

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posted at 10/16/2011 1:28 AM EDT
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Verlee,  You are welcome!!  I hope you can find it! It is such a good deal.
We went to one in La Mesa after dinner tonight and they didn't have it.
I'am going back to our Big Lots on Monday and hope they have some left.

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posted at 1/20/2012 12:11 PM EST
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I like fresh fruit in the summer and canned in the winter.

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posted at 1/20/2012 2:55 PM EST
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my grandmother lived in limestone county, tx------with freestone county----it's a very large strip of texas peach orchards------------every summer we would pick our own (sometimes 2 or 3 bushels)----------and the peach juice dripped all the way home------there is absolutely nothing better than texas freestone peaches----------when we got home we canned most of them-------------jelly-----preserves-------peach butter and always a lot put up in jars for cobblers-----------

after we were grown-------we always went to reunions and brought them home and still canned them

one day my sister and i were peeling and slicing peaches for freezing------we were putting the sliced peaches in water with fruit fresh and the pits and peelings into a white garbage bag (new)---when the peaches were all in bags i looked at the 'water' that was left--and told her i thought we could probably make jelly out of it--------we called mom and after a little advice we dumped all the water and all the peelings and pits into our jelly pot and cooked it down for several hours and then put it through our 'chinese hat' colander (used to be my g.m.'s)---------we called the result jelly but it was more like preserves and probably the most flavorful  i've ever tasted-we still make it that way --------------she now lives 5 miles from the premier grower in texas at his home farm----------he leaves his stand open and you can take what you want and put the money in a slot-------------we also make peach salsa now

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