Last winter, I caught an episode of the show Southern at Heart on Food Network Canada and in that particular episode, Chef Damaris Phillips visited a peach orchard. After her visit, she went straight to her kitchen and made pickled peaches, something I had never tried—so I was curious. When peach season rolled around this year, I remembered that show and used her recipe to adapt into the recipe I’m sharing with you today: Easy Refrigerator Pickled Peaches.
If you follow me on Instagram (if you aren’t, you should!) you would already know that I LOVE peaches. I posted peach pictures for a few days straight once those delicious Niagara peaches made their first appearance in the local stores. Each year when peach season rolls around, I break out all my old favourite recipes, like my Coconut Peach Ice Cream. In addition to making the old faves, I always look for a few new ones to try and I also try to develop a few new-to-me recipes (stay tuned for those). There really isn’t a peach recipe I’ve come across that I didn’t love. To me, peaches can do no wrong!
These Easy Refrigerator Pickled Peaches aren’t “canned” peaches that you can leave on your shelf for months to enjoy year-round. They’re pickled, so their window is much shorter. Canning is a whole other process that I have not yet explored (but I want to and will soon). Do you can? If so, tell me about it!
Pickling is something that was new to me up until now, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Happily, the results were great and this recipe has been added to my list to make for future peach seasons.
So…What Do Pickled Peaches Taste Like?!
You may be wondering what pickled peaches taste like if you’ve never pickled anything before (like I was). The end result is sweet, sour, tangy, spicy peaches…it’s a really unique flavour. My mouth is watering as I describe it!
What to do with Pickled Peaches
This was the next big question I had. After I make them, what am I supposed to do with them? Luckily, there are many things you can do with Easy Refrigerator Pickled Peaches. You can:
- Eat them just as they are
- Chop and use as an ice cream topping
- Chop and add to salads
- Slice and add as a topping to burgers or sandwiches
- Pair with certain meats if you are a meat eater
- Add to a cheese board
I’m sure there are more uses, too! Do you use pickled peaches in any other way? Tell me about it in the comments!
Easy Refrigerator Pickled Peaches
- 2 x 500ml (16.9 oz) Mason jars
- 1 1/4 cups rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut into thick slices.
- 4-5 ripe peaches, cut into sixths
Over low heat, add the rice vinegar, maple syrup, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a small saucepan.
Heat until the sugar dissolves (about 5 minutes). Make sure that the mixture does not boil, you want it to be warm to the touch but not extremely hot. If it gets too hot, the peaches will cook and you don't want that.
After sugar has dissolved, remove from heat. If it's not warm to the touch, let it cool for a while.
Divide the sliced ginger between the two jars, placing the pieces at the bottom.
Divide the peach slices between the two jars, add peaches until each jar is full.
Pour the liquid mixture over the peaches, dividing between the two jars. Make sure peaches are totally covered.
Cover with lids and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks (test after 1 week to see if you like the flavour as-is)
• Picked peaches will last in refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Adapted from Damaris Phillips’ Pickles Peaches recipe.