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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Get your Peeps before they're gone...



Should I admit that I look forward to looking through the baskets and baskets of Easter leftovers in the grocery stores the week after the big day?


This year I went with one purpose in mind.  Peeps.




I love them when they're fresh, and I even love them when they are turning hard.  Strange, I know.


I found a few recipes using these little guys that I want to try during the summer.  But by then, peeps will have become extinct.  I'm sure you could find them online (at an outrageous price though)


I picked up a brood of them, and then I needed to figure out how to keep them fresh.  Being an experimental soul, I decided to try preserving them two ways.




One - in my FoodSaver. (I can already tell that by forcing all the air out, it has deformed their cute little beaks and tails - but it will still be interesting to see how they fare in July/August)


Two - in Ziploc bags.  This method is slightly dangerous though (Anyone can easily break in without it being instantly obvious...)


I'll let you know how my Peeps survived the "off season" in July/August.  Join me if you can still find them in your local grocery store.  How do YOU use Peeps in the off-season?


2 comments:

  1. Sorry to sound ignorant, but what are peeps??

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  2. You aren't ignorant! Maybe Peeps are regional (?) but here is the official definition found at this link... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peeps

    They are basically marshmallow candies, sold in the US and Canada, that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals. There are also different shapes used for various holidays. Peeps are used primarily to fill Easter baskets, though recent ad campaigns tout the candy as "Peeps - Always in Season". They are made from marshmallow, corn syrup, gelatin, and carnauba wax.
    Peeps are produced by Just Born, a candy manufacturer based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Peeps were introduced nationally in 1958 by Pravin Pant Sr., a Nepali immigrant. When Just Born acquired Rodda Candy Company in 1953, they automated the process (originally the chicks were formed by hand) and mass-produced them. The yellow chicks were the original form of the candy — hence their name — but then the company introduced other colors and, eventually, the myriad shapes in which they are now produced.

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