Proper Storage of Peaches

peach storagePeach storage tips (provided by The Georgia Peach Council):

  • In order for your peaches to ripen properly, do not place them in the refrigerator.
  • Simply put them on your counter at room temperature until they reach your desired ripeness.
  • For faster ripening, place peaches in a brown paper bag on kitchen counter.
  • Once your peaches have reached your desired ripeness, then and only then should you place them in the refrigerator.
  • Upon being placed in the refrigerator, they should last an additional week or so.
  • For maximum flavor, allow your peaches to reach room temperature before eating (about 30 minutes).
  • Once your peaches are sliced, you can add a few dashes of lemon juice or coat with a citric acid solution to prevent excessive browning.

Tips for Freezing Peaches

  • Peaches should be soft & ripe before freezing.
  • Peel & slice peaches into a bowl of water mixed with a citric acid powder, making sure to cover the entire slices of peach with the water solution. This will keep peaches from turning brown when they are thawed.
  • Drain all water from the peaches before freezing.
  • Sugar may be added to the peaches at this point, if desired.
  • Pack peaches in freezer bags about ¾ full.
  • Flatten bags and freeze.