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On Sale This Week: Fresh New Crop Peaches

31 May 2012  

Recipes for Peaches and Chicken Leg Quarters follow. Enjoy!

Peaches, ripe and juicy, don't you wish you could find them at your local market? Unfortunately, ripe peaches don't travel well at all; they become mushy at the least touch and have a very short shelf life. Don't believe them when they say their rock hard peaches will ripen if placed in a paper bag for a while. The truth, straight from a California peach grower, is that they will soften, but unlike many other fruits, they will never be any sweeter. But, never fear, there are several things you can do with somewhat unripe peaches.

First, buy the ripest you can find. They should be uniformly peach colored, with no green on the stem end. They should give a little when gently squeezed in the hand. Do let them soften for a day or two in a paper bag or on the counter. Don't refrigerate them as that will give them a mealy texture. They can be used in a wide variety of ways cooked. Make a peach pie, peach jam or peach compote. Believe it or not one of the best ways to use them is to grill them as a side dish to roasted meats or as a dessert.

If you want really great peaches, there are several options in Arizona for pick-your-own. Unfortunately the closest one, Date Creek Ranch near Wickenburg, experienced a killing frost again this year, and has no peaches. There are a couple of places further south, Schnepf Farms near Queen Creek, Annie's Apples near Willcox and Mother Nature's Farm in Gilbert. It's probably a little late for peaches at the southern locations this year because of the warm weather this spring. But if really ripe peaches are what you crave, start checking the internet next May. Until then check out the peaches in the stores, Trader Joe's and the Farmer's Market; and New Frontiers sometimes has some riper ones. Be sure to try our recipes after the sale prices.

Comparing Prices this Week: Peaches

Albertson's: Peaches $1.99/lb

Fry's: Peaches or Nectarines $1.99/lb

Safeway: Peaches $1.99/lb

peaches ontree

Best Prices on Everyday Items

Milk: $1.57/gal. Safeway, Albertsons and Fry's, store brand

Bread: $1/loaf Albertsons, bakery variety mini loafs, store brand sandwich

Eggs: $1/dz Albertsons, store brand

Peanut Butter: $2.49/lb Fry's grind your own in the Natural Foods section, inexpensive and fresh

Best Bargains this Week

Fry's

Meat and Seafood

  • Boneless half pork loin $1.99/lb
  • Chicken leg quarters, Kroger brand $.88/lb
  • Jennie-o ground turkey, 1.25 lb $3.99
  • USDA Choice rib-eye steak $4.97/lb

Produce

  • Red seedless grapes $.85/lb
  • Roma tomatoes $.88/lb
  • Lettuce, select varieties $1/each
  • Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, 6 oz carton $1.50

Other Grocery

  • Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt, 5.3 oz $.77
  • Dannon yogurt, 32 oz $2.00
  • Sargento cheese, slices, select varieties $1.66
  • Dreyer's ice cream, 48 oz, select varieties $2.49
  • All laundry detergent, select varieties, 28-40 loads $2.77

Safeway

Special Sales

$5 Friday

  • Large Shrimp frozen/thawed $5
  • 5 pack Kraft mac-n-cheese $5

4 Day Sale Friday—Monday

  • Cranberry cocktail drinks, 64 oz, select varieties $1.79
  • Oscar Meyer Select Lunchmeats BOGO*

Buy 2 get one free

  • Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
  • Ghirardelli Baking Chips

Meat and Seafood

  • Whole boneless pork loin, in bag, $1.99/lb
  • Ground beef, 73% lean $2.29/lb
  • Pork, fresh whole shoulder blade roast $1.87/lb
  • Eating Right boneless, skinless chicken breasts, extreme value pack $1.99/lb

Produce

  • Grapes, red or green, seedless $.87/lb
  • Corn on the cob, yellow or white $.96/six ears
  • Yellow onions, locally grown $.69/lb
  • Watermelons, small, Arizona grown $2.99/each
  • Grape tomatoes, 10 oz, Safeway brand $1.50

Other Grocery

  • Sargento cheese, shredded, select varieties BOGO*
  • Nabisco Chips Ahoy BOGO*
  • Ragu pasts sauce, select varieties $1.25
  • Frito products, select varieties BOGO*
  • Bumblebee solid white tuna, select varieties Buy Two Get One Free

Albertsons

Special Sale—A wide variety of items on sale for $1

  • Voskos Greek Yogury, Albertson's sour cream
  • Chicken of the Sea chunk white tuna
  • Mi Ranchito tortilla chips
  • Hunt's canned tomato products
  • Rosarita refried beans, taco or hot sauce

Meat and Seafood

  • Sanderson Farms Chicken, split breast, whole chicken, thighs, drumsticks $.99/lb
  • Beef rib eye steak $4.77/lb
  • Chicken Breast, boneless, skinless $1.99/lb
  • Bar S meat franks $1/pkg
  • Deli—cooked ham $2.99/lb (with coupon)

Produce

  • Baby carrots, 1 lb bag $1/each
  • Cherries, California red $2.99/lb
  • Apricots, $2.99/lb
  • Broccoli crowns or cauliflower $.99/lb
  • Peaches $1.99/lb
  • Grapes $.88/lb

Other Grocery

  • Dasani water, 24 pk,BD liter bottles $2.99/each
  • Florida's Natural Juice, select varieties, 59 oz $3.00/each
  • Aunt Hatties buns, hot dog or hamburger $2.19

* BOGO Buy One Get One of equal or lesser value free

Recipes

Grilled Peaches

Count on 1 peach per serving

6 peaches
2 Tablespoons butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom (or substitute allspice or 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg)
Optional, 2 tablespoons liquor (Amaretto, Hazelnut, Brandy, Peach or your choice)

Wash peaches, halve and remove pits. Cut a criss-cross pattern on the cut side.

Place butter, sugar, lemon juice, spices and liquor in a small saucepan and heat on low until butter is melted and sugar is no longer grainy.

Light your grill and heat to medium. Oil grill with canola or other high smoke point oil (grape seed and sunflower seed are the highest you can easily obtain.) Place peach halves on grill cut side down and grill till lightly browned and beginning to soften. For best grill marks, rotate ¼ turn half way through. Turn over halves and baste cut side with butter mixture. Grill until nicely softened.

Serve warm with roasted pork (roast on the grill, using indirect heat and a spice rub for a summertime treat.) Also tasty with most any roasted or grilled meat. Or serve for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Videos from Around the Web

Stuffed Peaches Recipe

Peach Tartlets

Frugal Chicken Leg Quarters

Chicken leg quarters are some of the best values in the meat department, but surprisingly, they're not always easy to cook. Here is a video showing how you can get maximum value from your chicken leg quarters.

BBQ Chicken Leg Quarters

Jack BBQ's his chicken leg quarters, using a kind of unusual technique.

Deboning & Stuffing Chicken Leg Quarters

Thinking about stuffing the quarters? Here's how to debone them in preparation for stuffing.

Now that it's deboned, here's a recipe for the stuffing. This looks pretty yummy Sausage Stuffed Chicken Legs

If you try any of the recipes above. be sure to let us know how you like them, and any recommendations you'd have.