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Aug 11, 2011 07:42 AM

What to do with bad peaches?

I love peaches from Ontario. Last week I bought nice peaches at the market, that looked almost ripe. I waited a few days, but it turns out it was a bad batch. The texture (grainy and dense) and taste (unsweet) were just wrong.

My question is: Instead of throwing them away, is there a way I could them in a recipe that would actually turn out nice?

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  1. I've been using crappy peaches like this in tomato-based sauces (not for pasta). They still bring a bit of fruitiness irrespective of how they taste on their own.

    Those were the Ontario peaches on special in the baskets, right?

    1. Grate them into a salad?
      I think cooking could just concentrate the badness. Then again you might want to try to throw together a mini cobbler and more sugar or honey to see if that helps.

      1. Hard peaches that won't ripen will be better cooked - it will bring out the sugars and soften them.

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        1. re: LisaPA

          Yup. I chop them up (peeled if possible), have them sit covered for a few hours with 50% sugar, then cook with up with a bit of cinnamon and cloves. Spiced peach jam - not bad!

          1. re: happybaker

            I got some mealy ones too. I chopped them up and used in a blender milkshake. pureed and strained they'd still be useful.
            I generally pick my own peaches (except this year due to the drought) and expensively finally learned that peaches often don't ripen if they weren't ripe on the tree.