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What to do with 3 dozen peaches.

RHplus Jul 29, 2008 01:20 PM

We recently received several boxes of peaches, and are looking to unload them to our friends and neighbours.

Even considering distribution, we are still likely to have 3 dozen peaches left.
Any ideas on recipes that use a lot of peaches at one-go? They are beginning to go soft.

Especially helpful would be recipes that do not include baking. Our oven is out of range for a while.

Looking forward to your tips!

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    rizzo0904 Jul 29, 2008 01:27 PM

    Yummmmmmy, I love peaches.

    You can peel and cut some up, toss with a little OJ and freeze them.

    You can cut some in half and grill them.

    You could make a peach salsa. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Peach-Sa...

    Too bad your oven isn't working....peach cobbler is delish.

    1. QueenPeach Jul 29, 2008 01:37 PM

      Make a ton of peach smoothies and add other fruits for each batch so it's not all the same.

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        brendastarlet Jul 29, 2008 01:39 PM

        Poach them in simple syrup, purree them, and then use in drinks. Bellinis for all!

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          yayadave Jul 29, 2008 08:42 PM

          I wonder if you could do this same prep and make peach jello. Oh, I guess I mean a molded fresh peach aspic.

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            brendastarlet Jul 30, 2008 08:09 AM

            oooo, I have a great recipe for a fruit in aspic! You take a glass dish and spread whatever fruit you like in the bottom -- berries, peaches, even grapes. Then you mix the aspic with Prosecco instead of water, and let it set. It is absolutely gorgeous and tastes incredible.

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              yayadave Jul 30, 2008 07:53 PM

              That really steps it up!! Care to be more detailed about how this goes?

      2. Chocolatechipkt Jul 29, 2008 03:02 PM

        Peach bbq sauce (recipe on eatingwell.com)
        Peach coffeecake ... oh, skip that if no baking. Make lots of the bbq sauce ... :)
        Peach chutney

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          ajcraig Jul 29, 2008 03:02 PM

          I had a similar problem recently and made chutley. This is the original recipe...

          1 tablespoon butter
          1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
          2 shallots finely diced
          1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
          1 1/2 pounds fresh peaches, blanched and diced
          1/2 cup sugar
          1/4 cup brandy
          1/2 cup cider vinegar
          Salt and pepper
          Melt butter, add garlic, shallot and jalapeno and sweat for 1 to 2 minutes, add diced peaches. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, add sugar, deglaze with brandy and vinegar and allow to cook on low heat until peaches are soft. Season with salt and pepper.

          As usual I didn't plan ahead and had to make some substitutions for ingredients I didn't have on hand or things I needed to get rid of...Had leftover roasted garlic so threw that in instead of fresh, didn't have any brandy in the house so used Capt. Morgan Spiced Rum, and tossed in some candied ginger just 'cuz, and no shallots, none in the house, but thought it had enough going on anyway. Plopped it in sterilized jars and put most of i tin the freezer.

          Cheers!

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            ArikaDawn Jul 29, 2008 03:09 PM

            This is what I was going to suggest. The applications are endless.
            You could also make preserves or can spiced peaches which will give you a supply all winter or make great homemade gifts.

            1. re: ajcraig
              Father Kitchen Jul 29, 2008 07:04 PM

              We used to make a similar one with apricots. Good going.

            2. sarah galvin Jul 29, 2008 03:13 PM

              I made a peach puree to use in fruity cocktails, and actually water bath processed it so I didn't have to use it in a hurry. Peach ice cream, sliced peaches frozen, peach chutney, peach salsa. I water bath processed salsa and chutney as well, so was nice for the winter.

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                Analisas mom Jul 29, 2008 08:07 PM

                just slice them and then freeze them simple then use as needed.

                1. switters Jul 29, 2008 09:29 PM

                  not too long ago mark bittman posted a recipe for chipotle peace salsa on his blog that i made tonight. it turned out pretty good, though it could have used a bit more spice, chipotle or not, definitely worth checking out if it sounds like your sort of thing, you'd have no trouble finding it on the new york times website.

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                    lgss Jul 30, 2008 05:38 AM

                    Use them in smoothies!

                    1. Karl S Jul 30, 2008 05:59 AM

                      Well, cooking peaches removes their most delicate flavor notes (like other midsummer fruits, eg, sour cherries), so I prefer uncooked preparations - I even resist poaching them to remove the skins but peel directly instead to avoid cooking the flesh if at all possible. Sorbets, granitas, gelati. Ice cream is OK, but too much fat can obscure the range of flavor a fresh peach offers.

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                        HillJ Jul 30, 2008 06:22 AM

                        RH, how about drying them. Dried fruit concentrates flavors and you can enjoy your bounty all year long!

                        1. chef chicklet Jul 30, 2008 08:05 AM

                          Peach Pie, peach ice cream and peach jam... yum.

                          Oops sorry just noticed you oven situation...

                          1. RHplus Jul 31, 2008 10:11 AM

                            Thank you all for so many ideas!
                            I ended up making loose interpretations of the Peach Chipotle Salsa, Peach Chutney, and Peach fried steak (not mentioned here, but a variation of foie gras soaked in peach). In large doses.

                            By far, the chipotle salsa was the easiest to make and had the most satisfying result. that recipe is a keeper!

                            The rest of the peaches will be frozen, as recommended many times. I'll have to hold a peach party at home.

                            Thanks again for your kind recommendations!

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