Near the end of the summer, one of my favorite harvest times is when peaches are ready. There is a place around here that does a peach festival to celebrate it every year, and I have wanted to go but it always conflicts with my schedule. Maybe I will get lucky enough to be able to do it this year. Peaches are a great fruit because they taste great sweetened, and you can even make them a bit savory as well. If you have some extra peaches laying around or you harvest them yourself, here are some tips for freezing peaches as well as some great peach recipes.
How to Freeze Fresh Peaches
First, you will want to make sure your peaches are ripe enough. You don't want them too firm as they won't freeze as well. Get peaches that are slightly soft. To remove the skins easily, try slitting them with an “X” shaped patten over the whole peach (as if you were cutting into 4's) and then blanching them in boiling water. Remove them after a minute and place them in icy water to quickly cool. Peel off the skins and cut them into sections, removing the core. Freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan on some wax paper. When hard, place in containers or zipper style bags and label.
10 Tasty Peach Recipes
Here is a No-Sugar Way to Can Peaches from Happy Money Saver that uses honey instead. These sound great for cobblers and desserts!
This Easy Peach Tea from Passion for Savings looks like the perfect way to sip tea on a warm summer evening.
Make Peach Butter with this recipe from The View from Great Island for a perfect treat on biscuits and toast in the morning or afternoon!
This Peach Lemonade Slush from That's What Che Said is so refreshing looking! I can't wait to try one!
These Peaches and Cream Cupcakes made with real peaches from Total Noms by the Java Cupcake sound heavenly!
Primally Inspired has this Easy Peach Hot Sauce that would be great on fish or grilled chicken dishes, wouldn't it?
Bring a little sweet zing to your next snack with this recipe for Fresh Peach Salsa from A Couple Cooks.
Try these Peach Caramels made from fresh peaches from Love and Olive Oil for something truly unique made from your peach harvest.
No list of peach recipes would be complete without one for Farm-Fresh Peach Pie from Polka-Dot Chair.
I love fruit on salads and this recipe for Peach, Feta, and Pecan Salad from Green Valley Kitchen looks really delicious!
These Peaches and Cream Popsicles are made from fresh peaches and are dairy-free!