Originally Posted by Foamheart
Here is how I do things. I make 2 quart jars for maceration (sucking out the flavor of the fruit). Two quart jars equals one jar going into the smoothing process.
Wash, pit, and slice the fruit. I leave the skins on, it makes it easier to strain 'em out later sometimes.
In a clean quart jar, any size works but I am using quarts here for easy of illustration, put in 1 1/2 cups of booze. I use either Vodka or Rum, I have used both 80 proof and higher. I suggest you start out low and slow with 80. BTW I suggest a good booze you'd drink, but you need not buy the super delux imported flavored varieties.
I try to wait to add the simple syrup. It helps keep it from clouding so bad while macerating. Once its in the booze, put the lid on and let it make happy happy. I set mine on the counter next to the sink. That way I remember to turn them over or gently shake them twice daily. Want to keep the booze in circulation. As this is going on, you'll notice a change in the fruits color where the booze is sucking those flavors out. It will also cloud as the small particles shake free in the solution. You should do this anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks, let fruit density be your guide. You'll notice that the usual fast evaporating alcohol bubbles will start hanging around longer.
1 part creek water
2 parts sugar
Its like super charged sugar, used in bars and in the south if you have a yankee to supper who doesn't drink sweet tea.
Goldie, morning.... Daughter brought over a case of peaches... We made freezer pie filling for 9 pies... I've got a bunch of peaches left I want to do this to them....
I'm confused as to what you mean by "macerating"... Are you crushing the peaches, in the quart jars, with a wooden spoon or something to get more surface area contact with the liquor ??
After macerating is complete and satisfactory, maybe even after racking and removing most of the solids, is that when you add the simple syrup ??
Help me out here my friend... sometimes things are perfectly clear but my mind see's cloudiness....