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What to do with bad peaches?

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Eating this order Aug 11, 2011 07:42 AM

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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    LisaPA Aug 11, 2011 04:45 PM

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

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      happybaker Aug 11, 2011 04:47 PM

      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
        Betty Aug 11, 2011 05:41 PM

        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.

    2. iheartcooking Aug 11, 2011 09:03 AM

      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.

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        wattacetti Aug 11, 2011 08:05 AM

        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?

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