How to store Georgia Peaches?
I have always loved the luscious and sweet peaches from Georgia. The delicate aroma emanating from the fruit, the pinkish blush on the soft fuzzy skin, the flavorful taste of the juice, the firm yet tender flesh ? they all come together to make an irresistible and undeniably perfect fruit ? what?s not to love?
Aside from their delicious taste, Georgia peaches remind me of my fun childhood days when summer meant going out with friends, playing outdoors, and going on picnics with my family.
If you have bought a lot of fresh peaches for sale or received more peach gifts than you can fill your tummy with, don?t worry and know that you can prolong the shelf life of those yummy fruits by following these proven-to-be-effective storing techniques:
Ripe peaches are easy to spot. They feel soft yet firm to the touch and have a strong, sweet-smelling fragrance you will not find in unripe peaches. Unripe peaches should not be stored in the refrigerator, as it could adversely affect the consistency, flavor, and color of the fruits. Unripe peaches should be left on the counter at room temperature for 3 to 5 days to ripen. Make sure to keep the peaches unwashed and placed stem-side down in a single layer. If you wish to hasten the ripening process, you can seal the peaches inside a paper bag to trap the ethylene released by peaches that will help them ripen as early as 1 to 3 days.
If you have perfectly ripe peaches at hand but you can?t eat them all in a single sitting, you can store them in the fridge to slow down the ripening process. Make sure to wash the ripe peaches from Georgia under cool running water and then pat dry one by one. Place the ripe fruits inside a plastic bag, seal it properly then refrigerate for 5 to 7 days. Before eating the refrigerated peaches, let them sit on the counter for 30 minutes to bring back the sweet and juicy flavor.
Let us all be honest, there are times when we get too excited and cut open more peaches than we can actually eat ? do we throw them away? Absolutely not! Coat the sliced peach pieces with lemon or orange juice to prevent oxidation. Place the slices inside an airtight container then refrigerate. Make sure to consume the sliced peaches in 2 to 3 days to still enjoy the flavor and get as much vitamins from them as you can.
If you have way too many peaches and no way to eat them all before they start to spoil, there is a way to save and store them for a long time. Peel the skin of your excess peaches, slice them in wedges, and freeze on a baking sheet before transferring to a freezer bag. Properly freezing ripe peaches can prolong the lifespan of the fruits and at the same time retain the sweet flavor and orange-pink flesh hue.