how long can you freeze peaches

- Mar 19, 2018 -

How long do peaches last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, keep peaches in a dry area.

Properly stored, peaches will become fully ripe in about 1 to 3 days at normal room temperature.

How can you make peaches ripen faster? To hasten ripening, put peaches in a brown paper bag, close it and leave on the counter.

Do not refrigerate peaches until they are fully ripe - allowing to ripen at room temperature will result in more flavorful, juicy peaches.

To extend the shelf life of fully ripe peaches, place in a plastic bag and refrigerate; for best results, bring the peaches back to room temperature before using.

How long do peaches last in the refrigerator? Fully ripe peaches will last for about 3 to 5 days in the fridge.

Can you freeze raw peaches? Yes: (1) Wash, pit and halve or slice peaches; (2) Coat peaches with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon of ascorbic acid for each 6 tablespoons of cold water to prevent darkening; (3) Add 2/3 cup sugar to each quart of fruit and stir until sugar is dissolved; (4) Place in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.

How long do peaches last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.

The freezer time shown is for best quality only - peaches that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.

How to tell if peaches are bad or spoiled? Peaches that are spoiling will typically become very soft, develop dark spots and start to ooze; discard any peaches if mold appears or if the peaches have an off smell or appearance.

What You Need

Ingredients

1 pound ripe peaches 

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

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Equipment

Paring knife 

4-quart pot 

Slotted spoon

Large bowl

Chef's knife 

Cutting board

Gallon zip-top plastic bag


Instructions

Blanch and cool: Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Have an ice water bath ready. Using a paring knife, make a small, shallow X in the bottom end of each peach. Lower the peaches into the boiling water and leave them there for 30 seconds. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the peaches to the ice water bath.

Peel: Gently rub the skin from the peaches and peel it off; it should come away from the flesh with minimal effort.

Cut the peaches: Pit the peaches and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

Toss with lemon juice: Place the sliced peaches and lemon juice in a bowl and toss to throughly coat.

Freeze: Lay the peaches out in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze until solid, about 4 hours.

Seal and freeze: Transfer the frozen peaches to a gallon zip-top plastic bag labeled with the date. Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible. Return to the freezer. 

Recipe Notes

Storage: Frozen peaches can be stored for up to 3 months.


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