30 Things to do With Peaches

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Our kitchen counter is loaded with fresh peaches, and I’ve been searching for the best things to do with peaches. 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. I’d even plant peach trees in my backyard except I’d have to take out other, bigger trees to do it.

I’ve got a lot of peaches, though, so I’m going to need a lot of recipes! Jams, jellies, desserts, and even a few savory dishes — fortunately, peaches go with just about everything. This is one versatile fruit!

peaches in a crate, things to do with peaches

When is Peach Season?

Peach season varies across the country. Compare this peach ripening chart to your area of the country, or check u-pick farms and farmer’s markets near you.

Health Benefits

Peaches, a stone fruit, have great antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. They’re full of fiber and can help prevent ailments from digestive issues to certain kinds of cancer. For example, the most researched benefits include boosting immunity and reducing blood sugar levels and certain toxins in the body.

When the peach season is at its height, we peach lovers want more recipes for peaches, beyond 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 ideas.

Before we get to our list, I want to share two peach recipes we enjoy.

How to Check for Ripeness

There are four things to look for to determine if a peach is ripe:

  1. It should smell peachy and sweet. No smell, no eat.
  2. With gentle pressure, it should “give.” If it’s firm, it’s not ready.
  3. There should be no green on the fruit at all.
  4. As a peach ripens, it becomes more round.

Two Tasty Recipes I Make With Peaches

image: fresh peaches

Peachy-Pepper Jam

This was the first recipe I tackled with those peaches. 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.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 6 jars


  • 6 Half-pint canning jars
  • Medium saucepan
  • Large soup pot for water processing


  • 2 cups finely chopped peaches
  • 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped jalepenos
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 1 box pectin


  • In a medium-size saucepan, add peaches, peppers, vinegar, and pectin. Stir until well mixed.
  • Bring to a rolling boil and add sugar. Bring back to a rolling boil and boil hard for 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, and process for 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 beautiful, peach-colored jam with red flecks of pepper makes a great gift!
Keyword canning, homemade jam, peach jam

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?
Prep Time 4 hours
Course condiment
Servings 13 half-pint jars (approx.)


  • 13 Half-pint canning jars
  • Large soup pot for water processing


  • 7 lbs. fresh peaches
  • 2 cups white or turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups brown or muscovado sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped jalepeno peppers (optional)


  • You'll find the complete instructions in Daisy's book. This recipe takes a little more time than the Peachy-Pepper Jam because the peaches need to be drained for several hours. Overall, though, the recipe was easy and the results delicious.


Because my family doesn’t use much jam, I always use half-pint jars when canning. This peach jam recipe made 13 half-pint jars — plenty for us to enjoy and give as Christmas gifts later in the year.
Also, please use plastic food-handler gloves when chopping the jalapenos!
Keyword homemade jam, peach jam, peach recipe

If you haven’t canned peaches before, check out my instructions for canning them.

Phew! After those two recipes, I’m officially hungry. Therefore, without further ado, here is the promised list!

30 Delicious Peach Recipes

By the way, if you don’t have, or are out of fresh peaches, you may be able to adapt some of these recipes for use with canned or frozen.

  1. Peach lemonade
  2. Peach salsa
  3. Peach butter
  4. Peach ice cream
  5. Spicy Peach Chutney
  6. Grilled peaches
  7. Curried peach sauce
  8. Peach cobbler
  9. Peach Chipotle BBQ sauce
  10. Peach spinach salad
  11. Peach fruit leather
  12. Peach preserves
  13. Peach muffins
  14. Dehydrated peaches
  15. Canned peaches
  16. Chilled peach soup
  17. Peach pound cake
  18. Peach smoothie
  19. Pickled peaches
  20. Peach Caprese
  21. Peach mustard sauce
  22. Peach meatloaf
  23. Peach Pork Picante
  24. Peach jam or jelly
  25. Peach drop cookies
  26. Peach crumble bars
  27. Peach pie filling
  28. Peach and brie quesadillas
  29. Peach and tomato salad
  30. Peach and prosciutto pizza

Not a peach person?

On the other hand, maybe you’re not much of a peach person. Never fear! I won’t send you away empty-handed. Here are some yummy recipes for other fruits.

What is your favorite way to use peaches?

This post was updated 06/15/2023 by Team Survival Mom.

12 thoughts on “30 Things to do With Peaches”

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    1. The Survival Mom

      It depends on the recipe, but usually, yes. The instructions for the brown sugar preserves mentioned in this post say to layer peach slices with sugar and then press the fruit through cheesecloth, effectively removing the peel.

  2. I like my peaches almost hard. I slice them and fry the slices with just a bit of butter flavored cooking spray. Till the sugar’s are caramelized and they sure taste great that way!

  3. hello. I have some peaches rapidly ripening. I found your peachy pepper jam recipe above. you do not mention the process of heating the jars, etc etc that you include in your canning peaches article.
    how do I safely prepare the jars for the peachy pepper recipe? I’d like to make now and give for Christmas gifts.
    I’m new to “canning/jarring” anything.
    thanks in advance

    1. The Survival Mom

      I always wash my jars in the dishwasher prior to use and then keep the rings and lids in hot water until I’m ready to put them on the filled jars.

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