Select firm, yellow Peaches. Green Peaches will soften but will not have the flavor of properly picked Peaches. Soft Peaches will bruise as you handle and transport them. To ripen Peaches: allow 1-3 days at room temperature to soften. To lengthen the storage life: store Peaches in refrigerator between 35F and 40F temperature for 1-3 days. Once Peaches are cut and/or peeled, they should be covered with ascorbic acid (Fruit Fresh, prepared according to manufacturer’s directions) or 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of water to maintain their true color.
The higher the quality of the Peach used, the higher quality of the end product.
1 POUND EQUALS: 3 medium-sized Peaches
sliced: 2 cups
pulp: 1 cup
1 1/4 pounds make 1 pint of frozen or canned