TIPS & TREATS
Georgia Peaches are beautiful and flavorful. The peaches we sell are always freestone peaches. Once the peaches are ripe, they are picked, packaged, and transported within 24 hours. When you get our peaches, they will be firm-ripe. When peaches are firm-ripe, they ship beautifully and can be enjoyed for a longer period of time.
In order for your peaches to ripen properly, do not place them in the refrigerator. Simply put them on your counter at room temperature until they reach your desired ripeness. For faster ripening, place peaches in a brown paper bag on the kitchen counter. Once your peaches have reached your desired ripeness, then and only then should you place them in the refrigerator. Upon being placed in the refrigerator, they should last an additional week or so. For maximum flavor, allow your peaches to reach room temperature before eating (about 30 min.). Once your peaches are sliced, you can add a few dashes of lemon juice or coat with a citric acid solution to prevent excessive browning.
Peaches should be soft & ripe before freezing. Peel & slice peaches into a bowl of water mixed with a citric acid powder, making sure to cover the entire slices of peach with the water solution. This will keep peaches from turning brown when they are thawed. Drain all water from the peaches before freezing. Sugar may be added to the peaches at this point if desired. Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper and layout peaches. Put the tray in the freezer until peaches are very firm. (This will make sure that your peaches will not freeze into one large mass.) Pull peaches out of the freezer and pack them in freezer bags about ¾ full. Flatten bags and put your peaches back into the freezer.