These pickled peaches and blueberries are the recipe I’ll be teaching at my next Freedom Farmers Market food preservation workshop. They’re sweet, sour, spiced, and fantastical.
I’m so into the theme days they organize at Freedom Farmers Market. My last workshop there was for Strawberry Day, and this is for Blueberry and Peach Day on June 27th. There also may or may not be a Tomato Day coming up later this summer, and maybe I have a recipe in the works for that. Who knows!
If you’re new to the wonderful world of fruit pickles, don’t be intimidated. Pickling fruit is as simple as pickling veggies, and the results are what my sister-in-law, Liz, would call “a party in your mouth.” These sweet and sour peach pickles are such a lovely way to preserve some of summer’s peach and blueberry goodness.
Just like when you pickle cucumbers, or summer squash, you slice your fruit, prepare the brine, combine, and chill. It really couldn’t be easier.
In honor of Blueberry and Peach Day, I’m doing a whole Peach Blueberry Week over here! I think folks sometimes don’t know what to do with fruit pickles once they’re made, so I have a salad recipe coming up tomorrow and a cocktail on Friday to help you not just make pickled peaches and blueberries, but eat them, too. Let Peach Blueberry Week begin!
In case salad and cocktails aren’t your thing, I have some other ideas for how you can eat your fruit pickles:
- Spoon them over ice cream.
- Drop them into a glass of sparkling water for instant soda.
- Use them in sushi rolls.
- Serve alongside a sandwich instead of a more traditional pickle spear.
- Eat them with a fork right out of the jar.
Pickled Peaches and Blueberries
Yield: 3 pints of peach blueberry pickles
- 2 1/2 cups sliced peaches, slices should be about 1″ thick (about 6 small peaches)
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks (If you use 3 jars, you’ll need 3 sticks. For 2 jars, put 1 stick in each. If you put all of your pickles into the same jar, use 2 sticks.)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Divide the peaches and blueberries between 3 pint-sized mason jars.
- Make the brine: Put all of the remaining ingredients into a sauce pot over high heat, and boil until the sugar is dissolved.
- Use a ladle to divide the coriander seeds, peppercorns, and cinnamon sticks between your jars. If you have an extra cinnamon stick, you can toss it into the compost.
- Pour the remaining hot brine over the fruit. Let the jars sit on the counter until they’re cooled enough to handle, then screw on the lids and refrigerate.
- Refrigerate until you’re ready to eat. You want the fruit to steep for at least an hour in the fridge, but the longer they steep, the deeper the flavor will get. They will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.