15 Delicious and Easy Ways to Enjoy Canned Peaches

By Marla Walters on 29 March 2016 0 comments

Are you sick of the current, in-season fruits? Can't eat another apple or orange? How about a summery peach, instead? Peaches are extremely versatile, especially when they are canned. Here are 15 ideas for things to do with canned peaches.

1. Peach Smoothie

Move over, kale. This frothy, appetizing smoothie will remind you that summer is coming. Combine a 15-ounce can of peaches, a small handful of ice cubes, one small non-fat vanilla yogurt, and a ¼ cup of orange juice in a blender. Whirl until smooth. You could also toss in some blueberries or bananas as a yummy variation.

2. Try the Lo-Cal Plate

Traditionally, the lo-cal plate consisted of a couple of peach halves, a cup of cottage cheese, some sliced tomatoes, and dry toast. As a kid, I was always fascinated by this offering in diners, and liked to occasionally order it… because you know, it's pretty good! It's a strange combination, but it really does make a nice, light lunch.

3. Peach "Moonshine"

No, it's not a true moonshine, but peach-infused vodka is nice thing to have around to make a summery cocktail. Add to a little sparkling water or inexpensive champagne.

To make your own peach-infused vodka, take a clean, dry canning jar (I like a two-quart size). Add peaches to the jar, and pour vodka over on top. Cover with the canning lid and ring. Put in a dark, cool place to "age." It only needs to steep for about a week. Strain, and then use liquid in cocktails. It makes a great gift, too!

4. Satisfying Salsa

If you have not yet tried peach salsa, you are seriously missing out. A warning though: It's incredibly hard to stop eating it.

Here's how to make peach salsa:

  • 1 15-oz can of peaches, drained
  • 2 15-oz cans diced tomatoes (Do not use the kind with Italian seasonings.)
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1 minced fresh jalapeno pepper
  • 1 fresh lime, squeezed (I like to zest some of the fresh lime into the salsa, too.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.

5. Pork n' Peaches

Some meats go really well with fruits — like crushed pineapple in a meatloaf, or apples with lamb. For pork, think peaches. Canned ones work well.

Here is an easy recipe: Season thin pork chops and brown in a tablespoon of oil on both sides. Combine half of a 15-oz can of the peach juice, ¼ cup of brown sugar, ½ teaspoon of cornstarch, ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and about a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a bowl. When well-mixed, add to the pork chops in the pan and stir until thickened. Slice remaining peaches and add to the pan, and stir just until warmed through.

Serve with wild rice and green beans.

6. Better Barbecue Sauce

Whirl a can of drained peaches in the blender until smooth. Add to your favorite barbecue sauce recipe or, if you are a giant cheater like me, add to prepared barbecue sauce, along with a little Sriracha. This is great over ribs.

7. Jazz Up Your Oatmeal

To instant oatmeal, add brown sugar, chopped, canned peaches, and a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt. It's an amazing way to start your day.

8. Peach Ice Cream

Yearning for some fresh peach ice cream? I love it, too, but it's a bit of a project to make actual ice cream.

Here is a quick "cheater" recipe:

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14-oz. can of sweetened, condensed milk (not "evaporated" milk)
  • 1 can peaches, well drained, chopped

Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in the peaches and condensed milk. Pour into a container and freeze overnight, for best results.

9. Super-Easy Peach Cobbler

Need a dessert that goes together really well with stuff you likely already have in your refrigerator and pantry? Try this easy peach cobbler. The use of Bisquick makes it extra-fast.

10. Decadent Breakfast

My Aunt Joyce's lovely start to the day involves draining a 15-oz can of peaches, and dividing into two bowls. Then she drizzles with heavy whipped cream. Are you drooling yet?

11. Browned and Broiled

Preheat your oven broiler. Drain peach halves and dot with butter and cinnamon. Watching carefully, broil until light brown. These are delicious with ice cream or whipped cream.

12. Superfast Cocktails

Daiquiris look complicated, but they are really quite easy. Combine half of a 15-oz can of peaches, a can of frozen lime juice, a can of of light rum, two tablespoons of the reserved peach juice, and a teaspoon of powdered sugar. Add a cup of ice and whirl in blender. Cheers!

13. The Infamous "Dump Cake"

Named because of its inelegant assembly method, the dump cake is still about the fastest cake around. "Dump" two 15-oz cans of peaches into a 9x15 pan. Sprinkle with white or yellow cake mix. Melt a stick of butter; drizzle over the dry cake mix. Bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes and then serve with vanilla ice cream.

14. Buttery Peaches

Do you like apple butter? Why not try a peach butter? Make it in a crockpot and serve over waffles, pancakes, or toast. This recipe makes five pints.

15. Ambrosia Fruit Salad

I made this simple treat for my office recently and it immediately disappeared. Why do I ever make anything hard?

  • 2 15-oz cans peaches, drained and chopped
  • 1 can pineapple pieces, drained
  • 2 red apples, chopped
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 2 large oranges, chopped
  • ½ bag of miniature marshmallows
  • ¼ cup flaked coconut (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Note: I usually buy peaches canned in light juice, versus heavy syrup. In heavy syrup, a ½ cup of peaches has 97 calories and 25 grams of sugar. In light juic, a ½ cup of canned peaches has only 55 calories and 13 grams of sugar.

The next time you see those cans of peaches in your pantry, pull out a can and give one of these recipes a try!

What's your favorite way to eat canned peaches? Share with us in the comments!

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