Peaches are one of my family’s favorite summer fruits, and we eat them by the dozens when they are in season. Last week, my husband Brian brought home 3/4 of a bushel of ripe Missouri peaches that are dripping with juice, and sweet with a bit of tart. I was not quite sure what I’d do with so many peaches – somehow the idea of canning in the 90 degree heat just did not appeal to me. So I asked some of my homestead blogging friends for their favorite recipes, and compiled this list of ten different ways to enjoy peaches, fresh, cooked, and preserved.
FRESH PEACH RECIPES
First, a Fresh Peach Basil Salsa that we’ve been making every day because I am so in love with the flavor. Brian actually told me he thought it was the most delicious non-tomato salsa that he’d ever tasted. I created it with inspiration from a few similar recipes online, and it is perfect on grilled white fish, or as a dip for tortilla chips.
4 ripe Peaches, pitted and diced
3 tbsp fresh Basil, minced
1/4 Red Onion, minced
a splash of Balsamic Vinegar (around 1 tsp)
Salt to taste
Dani of The Adventure Bite shared her recipe for a Sweet Marscarpone Peach Tart, one of the most popular on her blog. It is truly beautiful in appearance, and would be perfect for a summer celebration.
COOKED PEACH RECIPES
What is summer without cobblers and crisps? Here are a few tasty looking recipes to try:
PRESERVED PEACH RECIPES
I was amazed at some of the innovative recipes that were shared with me. I’m usually just a peach and honey or sugar kind of preserving gal, but these recipes are making me reconsider!
Erica from MomPrepares shared her very simple Refrigerator Peach Jam that only has four ingredients and can be made in under an hour. I love freezer and refrigerator jams because they capture the very essence of the fruit.
Finally, the method of preserving that I opt for most frequently – Frozen Sliced Peaches. After quickly blanching peaches in boiling water, I peel, pit, and slices them. They get a splash of lemon juice and some sweetener – either honey or sugar. Then I place them in quart sized Ziploc bags until it’s smoothie making time!
Ten ways to eat and preserve peaches. Which shall I try next?
What is your favorite Peach Recipe?
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