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A sad basket of peaches...what to do

grandgourmand Aug 30, 2011 12:51 PM

My peach season has been hit and miss. And I've got a big miss in my most recent basket. They're juicy, smell nice, but are devoid of sweetness. What's a guy to do? Don't want to eat them, really, and don't want to toss them.

I'm thinking freezer jam...any other ideas?

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  1. inaplasticcup RE: grandgourmand Aug 30, 2011 12:56 PM

    I had the same sitch a few weeks back and made jam - but stovetop, not freezer. Just some sugar, squeeze of lemon, pinch of salt. Why not? :)

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      thimes RE: grandgourmand Aug 30, 2011 01:26 PM

      That is sad . . . . :(

      I do a lot of infused vodkas with fruit. Peaches are so sweet that it turns the vodka into almost a syrup. I wonder if you used these peaches if you could almost get an "eau de vie" type peach vodka out of them . . . . worth a shot if you ask me.

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        juli5122 RE: grandgourmand Aug 30, 2011 01:32 PM

        I made peach chutney with mine. So good with goat cheese.

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          inaplasticcup RE: juli5122 Aug 30, 2011 01:33 PM

          That's a great idea, juli.

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          HillJ RE: grandgourmand Aug 30, 2011 02:26 PM

          Slice them in half, remove the pit and press and mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon and fresh grated ginger into each half and roast in the oven until tender. Served over or alongside ice cream-oh so good!

          1. mamachef RE: grandgourmand Aug 30, 2011 02:55 PM

            Crockpot peach butter. You can sweeten it up w/ a hit of apple or white grape juice, or some agave syrup, if you don't want it to be cloying. A fast fruit salsa combining those peaches with some mango, papaya, pineapple, red onion and cilantro would be lovely on fish....w/ the other fruits compensating for the lack of the peaches' sweetness. Don't forget to hit that with a good squeeze of lime or lemon or bitter orange. And i wonder how they'd be sliced and grilled and finished with a spoonful of dulce de leche, over very nice vanilla ice cream?

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              calliope_nh RE: grandgourmand Aug 30, 2011 03:33 PM

              Fruit leather. I don't know how to do it but I have had peach before and it was yummy.

              1. biondanonima RE: grandgourmand Aug 31, 2011 08:59 AM

                I had some questionable peaches last night that I wanted to use up, so I peeled them and pureed them with some thawed frozen strawberries, a bit of ginger, a little brown sugar and some greek yogurt for a cold dessert soup. Garnished with fresh mint, it was quite tasty. I think I could have added cinnamon, star anise, or any number of other spices to change up the flavor profile. It would probably have been good with just peaches, too!

                1. gmm RE: grandgourmand Aug 31, 2011 10:30 AM

                  I had a couple peaches that were not so sweet and I made a quick cobbler with them. Plenty of sugar in the batter as well as sprinkled on top, and if that's not sweet enough, add a dollop of nice vanilla ice cream.


                  This recipe calls for baking 50-60 minutes, but mine was getting pretty brown at the 30 minute mark so I dropped the oven temp down to 325° for the last 15 minutes.

                  I tried a freezer jam recipe with some California peaches earlier in the summer and didn't care for it. It just seemed a little too raw tasting. I think a cooked jam would have been better.

                  1. grandgourmand RE: grandgourmand Aug 31, 2011 06:10 PM

                    Wow...I'm going to choose one of these options. Except the vodka (sorry, I have sour cherry vodka already on the go), which might have to wait until next year.

                    1. Chocolatechipkt RE: grandgourmand Sep 1, 2011 09:11 AM

                      peach bbq sauce


                      1. danna RE: grandgourmand Sep 1, 2011 01:53 PM

                        Peach milk shake. Greatest thing ever. Approx. one large peach to one normal serving of icecream ...which is 2-3 times the recommended serving ;-) Into the blender. yum. This is an excellent time to use lowfat icecream or froyo that otherwise might not excite you too much.

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