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What to Do With Overripe Peaches

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Do you have overripe peaches and need to use them up quickly? Here are a few of my favorite ways to use up those overripe peaches. This is the best thing you can do with them instead of throwing them in the trash. If you are like me and peach is a favorite fruit, be sure to make some of these amazing recipes.

Overripe fruit is a common problem when peach season hits this time of year. If you are like me, in-season fruit tends to cost less money so I buy way more than we can usually eat.

The next thing you know, that beautiful fruit will start to get soft and squishy. So the question is how can we use them up — and fast?!

The cool thing is that you can use up overripe peaches in some of your best go-to recipes and your family will LOVE how versatile this stone fruit is! Here are 6 tasty ideas for using up juicy peaches that are ripening too fast.

Even if you grab peaches from the grocery store or farmers market and they start going bad, these recipes will still work in your favor!

What to do With Overripe Peaches

1. Make a Batch of my fresh peach jam

I love making small batches of easy homemade peach jam and my fresh homemade peach jam. It is delicious and simple to make and is a great way to use up peaches. These peach preserves are perfect to use in my peach drop cookies and my biscuits.

I buy these jelly jars to use when storing my fresh jam. I like to give away as much as I keep for myself so I like my jars to be cute and festive.

2. Make Some Hand Pies

Peach Hand Pies are some of my favorite little desserts to make. The sweet peaches give them the perfect flavor and combination.

You can either fry these or bake them. The pie crust gets nice and toasty. Either way, they are full of peach deliciousness! These are delicious hot out of the oven or at room temperature.

I use this dough cutter to cut down on my hand time with making these pies. it helps seal them well too.

3. Make a Homemade Cobbler

One of my absolute favorite desserts is Peach Cobbler. I can eat this stuff all day long! You can make it in a 9×13 baking dish, but you can also make it in a cast-iron skillet like this. This is a good use when you want to use up some of the peaches you have turning extra ripe.

Serve this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you are feeling frisky, you can try making a batch of homemade ice cream to go with this dessert.

4. Make a Cake Topped with Poached Peaches

One of my favorite cakes that I have made is an Emeril Olive Oil Cake with Poached Peaches. It is amazing and has the best flavor.

The cake is infused with peach juice and then topped with those delicious poached peaches for one of the best desserts you will make. Cook until golden brown and then top with a little lemon zest.

5. Make a Glaze for your meats

I love making my Grilled Ribs with Spicy Peach Glaze. The glaze is made with fresh peaches and then slathered over the ribs.

Then, I put them back over the grill to char the glaze a little bit, making it sticky. When you bite into these ribs, you taste char, the perfect peach flavor, and the best ribs you will ever eat. For a little extra added flavor, add some balsamic vinegar to finish.

6. Make a batch of Peach Tea

My husband loves the Southern Peach Tea recipe that I make.

I make a batch of my normal tea. But then, I make a peach simple syrup and infuse the tea with it and it becomes some of the best Southern Peach Tea you have ever tasted.

I like to serve my tea in Ball drinking glasses. They are tall and twisted, making it easy to hold.

If you notice, I do not have grilled peaches on this list. A word to the wise: Don't grill overripe peaches. They will break apart and become mushy and messy when exposed to the grill.

Here are just a few more ideas that you can use up fresh peaches with!

  • Make some sweet breads and then drizzle with melted butter
  • Create a delicious chutney or salsa with leftover peaches
  • Make a peach sorbet
  • Fresh peach crumb bars
  • Blend or puree for peach smoothies
  • Make a Sangria with peaches, apples, oranges, and strawberries sweetened with brown sugar
  • Create a peach salad dressing and add a touch of salt
  • Make some fruit leather
  • Peach Bars
  • Try your hand at making peach ice cream
  • Freeze some peach popsicles
  • Peach Pie
  • Fruit Bowl

So there you have it! Now, you have some ideas to help you use up those overripe peaches. I hope you can find a new recipe to make to show off this beautiful stone fruit.

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Pat Crane

Thursday 4th of August 2022

Why can't we go to the recipe's ? I tried to open the peach cobbler and it wouldn't open .

Jennifer Sikora

Friday 19th of August 2022

There is no link to a peach cobbler. I don't have that recipe on the blog, but will be putting up one soon. Sorry about that Pat!

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