How to Store Fresh Georgia Peaches
Hale Georgia Peaches arrive earlier than peaches from other regions (around June 13th). Order our hand-selected peaches online for fresh peaches picked at their peak freshness, juiciness and flavor. Whether you enjoy them whole, sliced or combined with other flavors in your favorite dessert, you will want to order your supply before the growing season ends. Be sure to store them properly so they will remain at their ultimate flavor and texture.
Georgia Peaches continue to ripen after they’ve been harvested. Leave them at room temperature, and do not refrigerate them until they are fully ripe. Chilling fresh Georgia Peaches before they are ripe may result in a gritty texture and less-sweet flavor.
To peel peaches, try this easy tip: Quickly blanch them (place peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds, then plunge in cold water for 60 seconds); the peels should then slide off easily. To keep sliced peaches from darkening, add a squeeze of lemon juice. Once sliced, store in an airtight container, but eat them within 3 to 4 days.
To freeze sweet Georgia Peaches, blanch them first; remove skins and pit. In a saucepan, prepare a syrup with 4 parts water and 2 parts sugar. Dissolve sugar and let cool completely. Pour syrup over peaches and place in a freezer-safe container; store in freezer up to 10 to 12 months.
To make a peach puree, process 1 cup peeled, chopped fresh peaches with 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 tablespoon water in a blender for 1 minute or until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container; cover and chill until ready to use. Fresh peach puree is great to use in smoothies, smoothie bowls, cocktails, popsicles and summer beverages.