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7 Ways to Use Peaches Before They Go Bad

Sara Tane

It's nearly impossible to avoid overbuying produce at the farmers' market, and we don't blame you. Next time you find yourself staring at a basket full of peaches that once seemed like the perfect amount of produce, but now looks like a daunting burden to consume before they're ready to be trashed, check out these creative ways to use them all up in no time.

We all know that feeling of overbuying at the farmers’ market too well. Upon arrival, you are immediately greeted by friendly vendors standing behind their meticulously placed produce, offering samples of juicy tomatoes, artisan cheese, and homemade jams. It’s overwhelming and exciting, and before you know it, your kitchen is stocked with a ton of fresh produce that you need to find a use for—and quick.

If you're the proud owner of a basket of peaches that you need to eat before they turn to overripe mush, check out these clever ways to sneak the fuzzy fruit into your food so that no peach goes to waste.

Baked Oatmeal

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Rather than a sad bowl of porridge, jazz up breakfast with a baked oatmeal that will last you for days. Take our basic baked oatmeal recipe and make it summery and fresh by adding 1 cup of chopped peaches. Make it Sunday night, divide it up, and eat it for breakfast all week long.

Salads

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Berries aren't the only fruit that you should be adding to your summer salads. The peaches' sweetness pairs perfectly with a smooth cheese and your favorite leafy greens. You can even mix in some peaches into your dressing for an extra fruity flavor with every bite.

Pizza

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Savory foods love the tropical notes of a peach, so this calls for pizza. Toss on whatever toppings you like, and maybe some chicken if you want to add extra protein. You can’t go wrong with a juicy, baked peach on top of dough and melted cheese.

Lemonade

Photo: Romulo Yanes

A lemonade that’s jam-packed with fresh peaches is the perfect solution to staying hydrated this summer, and it’s way more exciting than a glass of water or iced tea. Pour in some rum or bourbon for a boozy, beach-inspired twist.

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Smoothies

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

And if you just can’t manage to scarf them up before you see them starting to become overripe mush, then chop them up, toss them in the freezer, and use them in smoothies whenever you get around to them. Isn’t that just peachy?