Peaches are a favorite fruit of many people. Whether you’re baking a pie or cobbler, or just eating a fresh peach right from the tree, the juicy flesh of this fruit is absolutely delicious. Like any fruit, peaches have a tendency to degrade quickly if not properly stored. Follow these simple steps to preserve your fruit and keep your peaches fresh for as long as possible.
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Determine if your peaches are ripe. A ripe peach will be firm but will give way to pressure when you squeeze it. Ripe peaches also have a strong, sweet smell. If your peaches are already ripe, skip to Step 4.
Place your unripe peaches in a paper bag. Fold the top of the bag over so that it is closed, but not sealed so tight that it prevents the fruit from breathing. Store the bag of peaches at room temperature, checking each day to see if they are ripe.
Remove the peaches from the paper bag. When they are ripe, they should be transferred from the paper bag to a plastic bag.
Store the plastic bag of peaches in the refrigerator. The cold temperatures of the refrigerator will keep your peaches fresh for up to five days.
Take the peaches out of the refrigerator at least two hours before eating. Although they can be eaten cold, the flavor of the peach is best when eaten at room temperature.
If you learn the art of canning fruits, you can store your peaches long term.