There’s something so satisfying about putting up the garden harvest. Canning, freezing, and drying is a lot of work, but knowing that our pantry and freezer are well stocked for the long New England winter is a comfort. Every bite of that delicious homegrown produce is a treasure.
Yet the summer months are so busy that they are often a blur. While I am happy to put up the season’s bounty, I don’t want the task to take longer than necessary. So, I tend to use new methods to preserve the harvest and tools that help me to accomplish the tasks in less time.
When it comes to preserving soft fruit like tomatoes and peaches, I have never been happy with the results achieved by peeling with a paring knife or blanching quickly to make the skins easier to remove. So, when I discovered a serrated peeler years ago, I was more than willing to give it a try.
From the first use, I was shocked at how deftly it removed the thin layer of skin without wasting any of the ripe fruit beneath. Since then, I reach for my serrated peeler when preparing ripe, tender fruit like peaches, nectarines, tomatoes, and pears.
While the serrated peeler is ideal for summer’s tender fruit, it can also be used for vegetables with medium type skins like zucchini and cucumbers. For well under $20, I am never sorry to have added it to my collection of kitchen tools. After many years of use, it is still the tool I reach for when putting up our tomato, peach, and pears each year. I hope that you’ll find it as useful in your kitchen as I have found it to be in ours.
Once you have a serrated peeler in your kitchen, you can bake up a few of my soft skinned favorite recipes for peaches, tomatoes, and pears. Peel them with ease (if you like) or leave those tender skins on. Either way, you're sure to enjoy a delicious treat at your family table.
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