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Cook the Book: Pickled Ginger Peaches

[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

To those of you not familiar with this classic Southern pickle, adding copious amounts of vinegar and sugar to perfectly ripe summer peaches might sound a little strange. But bear with me here—the combination of vinegar, sugar, and a few choice spices turn summer peaches in to a spectacular pickle that can be enjoyed well after peach season is over.

These Pickled Ginger Peaches from Put 'em Up! vary a little from the classic by adding thinly sliced rounds of ginger to the pickling brine. The ginger pairs beautifully with the warm spiciness of the cinnamon, allspice, and cloves making this a pickle that can easily find it's way into any part of the meal. Pairing the peaches with any sort of roasted meat is a given, especially a thick cut pork chop, but I can also see these peaches as a sweet-tart topping for a bowl of vanilla ice cream or even a quick filling for a cobbler or crumble finished with a dollop of sweet whipped cream.

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