I'll start with the preserves part. The peaches came is this very cool box. I was told the little guy with the peach-like forehead in the upper left is the god of longevity.
I discovered something important this week, which is that it's really hard to blanch peaches that are cold. Once they warmed up to room temperature, they peeled like a dream.
The other important thing I learned is that a blender is not a food processor. I was in a hurry, and decided to blend some of the fruit rather than chopping it. This was not a good move.
More on the car crash and how it lead to the peaches next time.