canned fruit http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10068/all en-US 15 Delicious and Easy Ways to Enjoy Canned Peaches http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-ways-to-enjoy-canned-peaches <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-delicious-and-easy-ways-to-enjoy-canned-peaches" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000026177662_Large.jpg" alt="delicious recipes for canned peaches" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>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.</p> <h2>1. Peach Smoothie</h2> <p>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 &frac14; cup of orange juice in a blender. Whirl until smooth. You could also toss in some blueberries or bananas as a yummy variation.</p> <h2>2. Try the Lo-Cal Plate</h2> <p>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&hellip; because you know, it's pretty good! It's a strange combination, but it really does make a nice, light lunch.</p> <h2>3. Peach &quot;Moonshine&quot;</h2> <p>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.</p> <p>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 &quot;age.&quot; It only needs to steep for about a week. Strain, and then use liquid in cocktails. It makes a great gift, too!</p> <h2>4. Satisfying Salsa</h2> <p>If you have not yet tried peach salsa, you are seriously missing out. A warning though: It's incredibly hard to <strong>stop</strong> eating it.</p> <p>Here's how to make peach salsa:</p> <ul> <li>1 15-oz can of peaches, drained</li> <li>2 15-oz cans diced tomatoes (Do not use the kind with Italian seasonings.)</li> <li>1 red onion, finely diced</li> <li>1 cup finely chopped cilantro</li> <li>1 t minced garlic</li> <li>1 minced fresh jalapeno pepper</li> <li>1 fresh lime, squeezed (I like to zest some of the fresh lime into the salsa, too.)</li> <li>Salt and pepper to taste</li> </ul> <p>Combine all ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.</p> <h2>5. Pork n' Peaches</h2> <p>Some meats go really well with fruits &mdash; like crushed pineapple in a meatloaf, or apples with lamb. For pork, think peaches. Canned ones work well.</p> <p>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, &frac14; cup of brown sugar, &frac12; teaspoon of cornstarch, &frac12; 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.</p> <p>Serve with wild rice and green beans.</p> <h2>6. Better Barbecue Sauce</h2> <p>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.</p> <h2>7. Jazz Up Your Oatmeal</h2> <p>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.</p> <h2>8. Peach Ice Cream</h2> <p>Yearning for some fresh peach ice cream? I love it, too, but it's a bit of a project to make actual ice cream.</p> <p>Here is a quick &quot;cheater&quot; recipe:</p> <ul> <li>1 pint heavy whipping cream</li> <li>1 14-oz. can of sweetened, condensed milk (not &quot;evaporated&quot; milk)</li> <li>1 can peaches, well drained, chopped</li> </ul> <p>Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in the peaches and condensed milk. Pour into a container and freeze overnight, for best results.</p> <h2>9. Super-Easy Peach Cobbler</h2> <p>Need a dessert that goes together really well with stuff you likely already have in your refrigerator and pantry? Try this easy <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-bisquick-peach-cobbler/a2efbfa6-3233-4f7a-bf5b-43ce62bd1055">peach cobbler</a>. The use of Bisquick makes it extra-fast.</p> <h2>10. Decadent Breakfast</h2> <p>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?</p> <h2>11. Browned and Broiled</h2> <p>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.</p> <h2>12. Superfast Cocktails</h2> <p>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!</p> <h2>13. The Infamous &quot;Dump Cake&quot;</h2> <p>Named because of its inelegant assembly method, the dump cake is still about the fastest cake around. &quot;Dump&quot; 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 350&ordm;F for 30 minutes and then serve with vanilla ice cream.</p> <h2>14. Buttery Peaches</h2> <p>Do you like apple butter? Why not try a peach butter? Make it in a crockpot and serve over waffles, pancakes, or toast. <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/country-style-peach-butter-464629">This recipe</a> makes five pints.</p> <h2>15. Ambrosia Fruit Salad</h2> <p>I made this simple treat for my office recently and it immediately disappeared. Why do I ever make anything hard?</p> <ul> <li>2 15-oz cans peaches, drained and chopped</li> <li>1 can pineapple pieces, drained</li> <li>2 red apples, chopped</li> <li>4 bananas, sliced</li> <li>2 large oranges, chopped</li> <li>&frac12; bag of miniature marshmallows</li> <li>&frac14; cup flaked coconut (optional)</li> </ul> <p>Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.</p> <p><strong>Note</strong>: I usually buy peaches canned in light juice, versus heavy syrup. In heavy syrup, a &frac12; cup of peaches has 97 calories and 25 grams of sugar. In light juic, a &frac12; cup of canned peaches has only 55 calories and 13 grams of sugar.</p> <p>The next time you see those cans of peaches in your pantry, pull out a can and give one of these recipes a try!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to eat canned peaches? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-ways-to-enjoy-canned-peaches">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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I usually find that making things yourself results in better quality food products, and often, less expensive ones.</p> <p>As background, one of the fruits my husband (aka &ldquo;Mr. Green Jeans&rdquo;) grows is lilikoi. We estimate that this summer we have, so far, processed close to 200 pounds of it. With the nectar, I make jelly, butter, juice, and other products. Before he gifted me with the food strainer, this was the process: Cut lilikoi open with a knife. Scoop the pulp out with a teaspoon into an old, clean dishtowel. Squeeze the dishtowel until all the juice comes out. Repeat. Talk about a laborious process! I used to dread seeing the full bucket of fruit at the back porch door. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-kitchen-tools-that-stretch-your-budget-and-your-time" title="Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Kitchen Tools that Stretch Your Budget and Your Time">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Kitchen Tools that Stretch Your Budget and Your Time</a>)</p> <p>Besides cutting the processing time dramatically, the food strainer also does a much better job of straining out the seeds and pulp than I did. The fruit goes into the top section of the strainer, and then you turn the crank, which forces the fruit out through the conical screen. The juice goes through the holes in the screen and is collected by the &ldquo;squirt guard,&rdquo; which funnels it into a collection bowl. The pulp goes out the end of the conical screen and falls into a waste bowl. Talk about easy &mdash; and no electricity is needed!</p> <p>I realize most of you probably do not grow lilikoi and are wondering what use a food strainer would be to you. Well, how about marinara sauce? I found beautiful tomatoes at the farmers market, and into the strainer they went. I had no idea what a difference fresh, minimally processed tomatoes would make to the flavor of a sauce.</p> <p>If you like applesauce, no peeling or removing the core or seeds is necessary. Wash the apples, remove stems, quarter, and run them through the strainer. Other ideas from the instruction booklet include vegetable-tomato juice (similar to V-8), applesauce butter, and even carrot cake.</p> <p>I wish I had owned this product when our daughter was a baby, because I would have loved to have made my own fresh baby food. You simply simmer the vegetables, such as squash or carrots, until tender, and then put them through the strainer. Purees are seedless, skinless, and free of tough fibers. If you enjoy cooking with your kids, I think they would like helping to make things with the strainer, too. It is pretty safe (no exposed sharp parts) and even little hands can turn the crank easily.</p> <p>If you are a home canner, you would love this appliance. It really takes the tedium out of processing berries and fruit, and it cuts canning time in half.</p> <p>My strainer came from Amazon.com, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-favorite-mail-order-websites">one of my favorite websites</a>. It is a Back to Basics brand, which, according to Internet folklore, is made by the Victorio company. The cost was about $76, which included an accessory kit with three additional sizes of straining screens and a grape processing spiral. The accessory kit came with a brand name of Roma, apparently also made by the Victorio company. Some strainers come with suction cups, rather than clamps, for fastening to tables or countertops, but our research indicated the suction cup mechanisms were not as reliable as the clamps.</p> <p>Lastly, if you want to try making that marinara sauce in your new strainer, you can find the recipe I use in the <a href="http://downloads.mendingshed.com/strainermanual.pdf">strainer manual</a> (PDF).</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-food-strainer-my-new-old-fashioned-gadget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Was it a gift from Grandma? A dented-can special? Maybe I grabbed the mango instead of the pineapple by mistake. Whatever the reason for my fruit folly, now I must do something with it. Here are eight surefire tricks for using it up in a yummy way today!</p> <p><b>Meatloaf and meatballs.</b> Fruited meats are a tricky thing. If not done correctly, they can seem more appropriate as a dessert than a main course. My favorite way to use up those cheap cans of cranberries (that often go on sale this time of year) is as a topping for <a href="http://www.parentingsquad.com/meatloaves-with-style-5-ways-to-jazz-up-the-wednesday-night-special">meatloaf or meatballs</a>. Just mix some brown sugar, a bit of lemon juice, and a can of whole cranberries (the gelled stuff will work, also) and spoon it over your loaves before baking. So delicious, no one ever guesses that it is made from cranberries!&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Dump cake.</b> This oddly-named dessert is a breeze to make, costs less than a few dollars, and tastes heavenly. Use any variety of canned fruit, a yellow cake mix, and a few other affordable ingredients to create this goof-proof specialty. See <a href="../../../../../../../dump-cake-and-other-sweet-easy-treats">all of our dump-cake recipes</a> in an earlier post.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Sweet and Sour.</b> My favorite make-ahead dish is a sweet and sour chicken. I use this recipe for the sauce most often:&nbsp;</p> <p>1 sm. can cut pineapple<br /> 2 tbsp. cornstarch<br /> 3/4 c. sugar<br /> 1/2 c. soy sauce<br /> 1/4 c. vinegar<br /> 1 clove garlic (optional)<br /> 1/4 tsp. pepper<br /> 1/2 tsp. Ginger&nbsp;</p> <p>If I don't have pineapple on hand (which is often), I substitute most any canned sour fruit with amazing results. We have used cherry-flavored fruit cocktail, tropical fruit mix, and peaches. I also add sliced green pepper (which is stored in my freezer from the gardening months) and big chunks of red and white onion. Another yummy version of this is a Polynesian Sausage dinner, where instead of chicken, I use cut-up polska kielbasa and the tropical fruit blend (mango, pineapple, and pears.) Everything is served over rice.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Stuffed chops and breasts.</b> White meat works really well for &ldquo;stuffing.&rdquo; You can play around with your favorite boxed stuffing, (by adding canned cherries, apples, or pears) or go with a homemade rendition. Just slice the meat into two horizontally, and spoon generous portions of your stuffing into the meat. Bake a few minutes longer than you normally would, and be sure that you cover it with a lid or foil. It's a nice, moist main dish that takes little skill to pull off.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Pancakes and waffles.</b> Do you really think that places like IHOP and Denny's have a &ldquo;secret&rdquo; to their amazing fruit-topped breakfast creations? Most restaurants just used food-service grade canned fruits as toppers, and jazz up the presentation with nuts, creams, or crumbles for effect. Pancakes and waffles are a dirt cheap meal that you can have most any time of day. Just top with canned apples, cherries, or any pie-worthy filling for the yummiest stack ever!&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Compote.</b> This one's a bit too fancy for most evenings at the Knerl house, but it is a fantastic way to rid your cupboard of the truly strange canned fruit varieties (i.e. plums!) I've heard several versions of this recently, but it's very simple to prepare. <a href="http://www.bigoven.com/99044-Hot-Fruit-Compote-recipe.html">This version</a> is very standard, and <a href="http://recipe.aol.com/recipe/baked-fruit-compote/83299">this extra special dish</a> uses a little alcohol for kick! So what's a girl to do with compote? Eat it alone, top it with whipped or sour cream, or serve it alongside rich meats.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Jello.</b> Yeah, I said it. It may be a little too reminiscent of your cafeteria lunch days, but most every kid I know likes Jello. (And it's a fantastically cheap way to stash some canned fruit nutrition into a perfectly-squared snack.) Just avoid the tropical fruit medley in your Jello. (The acidity of the mangoes can keep the Jello from setting up properly.)&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Bread.</b> I used to think that you can only use dried fruits in a bread machine recipe. I have since found out that for a quick bread or sweet bread setting, canned fruit can work for some tasty varieties. Just check out this <a href="http://www.cooksrecipes.com/bread/pineapple-cranberry-bread-machine-recipe.html">pineapple cranberry bread</a> or <a href="http://www.cooksrecipes.com/bread/peaches-and-cream-bread-machine-recipe.html">peaches and cream recipe.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>The next time you're tempted to pass off that odd can of fruit onto your local food pantry, consider how you can create an incredible dish with your canned dilemma. Then donate a nice turkey or ham to your shelter, instead. They could really use it!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-spectacular-uses-for-that-lone-can-of-fruit">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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