Storage & handling
Look for a creamy or yellow background, not green. Don't be afraid to buy firm fruit
Dip peaches in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds; immediately place in ice water. Rub peach skins off by hand.
Peel, pit and slice. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) fruit preservative to 4 cups (1 L) sliced peaches. Pack tightly into plastic containers, leaving 1-inch (2.5-cm) air space at top. Top with a crumpled sheet of wax paper and seal tightly. Frozen peaches can be stored for one year.
To Prevent Browning:
Coat sliced peaches with lemon juice or fruit preservative immediately after slicing.
Five simple steps to peach perfection
Select fruit that is firm and fragrant. Be aware that the blush of a peach does not indicate ripeness, but is a way of identifying the variety.
Remove fruit immediately from the container in which it was purchased and sort according to ripeness.
Store ripe fruit in the refrigerator or enjoy right away.
To ripen firm fruit, store at room temperature and out of direct sunlight in a loosely closed paper bag for a day or two. Note; plastic bags are not suitable for ripening fruit, as they will trap moisture and air, which can cause premature spoilage, so always use paper bags.
Step 5 Once ripe, store tender fruit in the refrigerator for up to one week or enjoy right away.
TIP: The fruit is ready when it's sweetly aromatic and yields to gentle pressure. Never wash fruit before storing, wait until you're ready to eat.