By now, you are probably just about sick of me talking about peaches. But indulge me just one or six more times, OK? Come about October, you will thank me.
This is an old trick our neighbour used to use. Her girls, my sister, and I all used to go to school together. Her eldest daughter looked after me when I first started kindergarten. She found me on the bus by looking for my Hollie Hobby lunch pail. Of course, the navy socks and white sandals might have also been a dead give away. True story.
Anyways, back to the peaches. For this maneuver, I always peel my peaches. So, a quick and steamy bath it is.
Fill up your chosen vessel about 2/3 full of peach pieces or slices. I use pieces for the kids. I also like to use containers with screw top lids because they are easier for the kids to open at school. Goose can usually handle a regular pull off lid and peach slices, rather than pieces. And while I’m on the topic, remember when we Canadians could get individual size yogourts in containers with real lids? I miss those days.
Then cover the peaches in orange juice. In total, only fill the container to about 3/4 full. This will give room for freezer expansion and give the kids more room to operate with the container.
You are going for something that looks like this.
And there you have it. Pop them in the freezer, upright, until frozen. If you are in a school where lunch is still somewhere around noon, you are safe to put it in the lunch bag in the morning. If you are in a balanced day school, you may want to pop it in the fridge the night before to make sure it has time to thaw out in time for first break.
As a bonus, this will keep the rest of the lunch cold, give the recipient something to eat and drink during the day. The acid in the orange juice will keep the peaches nice and bright and because they are packed at their peak, will give you a little reminder of summer, long after the leaves have fallen and the snow has started flying.