Proper Storage of Peaches
Peach 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.