Our kitchen counter is loaded with fresh peaches, and I’ve been searching for the best things to do with peaches. I’m going to be needing a lot of recipes! Jams, jellies, desserts, and even a few savory dishes — peaches go with just about everything.
My kids love peaches and a few weeks ago, my daughter created for me an incredible protein shake full of the fresh smell of a ripe peach. This is one versatile fruit that everyone loves.
Peaches have great antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, they’re full of fiber, and they can even help prevent ailments from digestive issues to certain kinds of cancer! When peach season is at its height, we peach lovers want to know, what are some different things to do with peaches, past peach pie and peach preserves! And if you’re lucky enough to have peach trees on your property, no doubt you, too, are looking for things to do with peaches after picking.
This was the first recipe I tackled with those peaches, and it was shared by my friend Charley Cooke on her Facebook page, Cooke’s Frontier. This turned out to be as beautiful to look at as it is tasty.
2 cups finely chopped peaches
1 cup red bell pepper finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped jalapenos (it ended up being 4 for me, depends on size)
1 cup apple cider vinegar
5 cups sugar
1 box pectin
In a medium-size saucepan, add peaches, peppers, vinegar, and pectin. Stir until it’s well mixed. Bring to a rolling boil and add sugar. Bring back to a rolling boil, boil hard 1 minute stirring all the while. If there’s a bit of foam, spoon it off once the jam is finished boiling.
Ladle into jars, process 10 minutes in a water bath. If you’re at a higher elevation, you’ll need 15 minutes.
The chopped peppers may settle near the bottom of the jars, so if you want everything to distribute evenly, you’ll need to let it cool off a bit and then give each jar a few very gentle turns to help the peppers redistribute.
This recipe filled 6 half-pint jars.
Brown Sugar Peach Preserves
This recipe is from my friend Daisy Luther’s book, The Prepper’s Canning Guide. It caught my husband’s attention for obvious reasons. Brown sugar — peaches?? What’s not to like?
7 pounds fresh peaches
2 cups white or turbinado sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cups brown or muscovado sugar
1/4 c. finely chopped jalapeno peppers (optional)
You’ll find the complete instructions in Daisy’s book, link here. This recipe takes a little more time than the Peachy-Pepper Jam because the peaches need to be drained for several hours, but overall, the recipe was easy and the results delicious.
My family doesn’t use much jam, so I always use half-pint jars when canning. This recipe made 13 half-pint jars — plenty for us to enjoy and give as Christmas gifts later in the year.
If you haven’t canned peaches before, check out my instructions for canning them.
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2. Peach salsa
3. Peach butter
12. Peach preserves
13. Peach muffins
15. Canned peaches
17. Peach pound cake
18. Peach smoothie
19. Pickled peaches
20. Peach caprese
22. Peach meatloaf
23. Peach stir fry