Fresh GA Peaches No. 1, 25 LB Box
What's the Difference Between Number 2 & Number 1 Peaches?
Number 1 peaches are unblemished fruit. Number 2's have some kind of imperfection, but it's usually only skin deep. For example, a number 2 peach may have a scar or rough patch on its skin, a deformity, or it may just be small. You can read more about number 2 peaches in the Number 2 Cling Stone Peach description (click the icon to the right).
Our neighbor Wilda has an easy, reliable way to store peaches that keeps her peaches fresh considerably longer than refrigeration alone. Last summer, I think she and her husband were still eating fresh peaches 4 weeks after she picked up her box from us! All you need to do it yourself is some paper towels and a couple plastic grocery bags. Place a few paper towels in the bottom of one of the grocery bags, then set a layer of unripe peaches into the bag. Add another layer of paper towels and another layer of peaches on top of the first, then top it off with one more layer of paper towels. Now slip another bag over the first to loosely cover the opening and you're done. Just set the bag gently into the fridge. You'll want to peek into the bag every few days to make sure all your fruit is still sound.
Store the unripened peaches in the refrigerator until a couple days before you'd like to eat them. They'll keep longer when refrigerated unripe. To ripen, just place firm peaches on the counter for a day or two.
- Prepare a cold water bath, either in a sink or large bowl.
- Place the peaches to be peeled in a colander, or basket, or drop them directly into a deep pot of boiling water for almost one minute. Make sure that each peach is completely submerged and that they are free enough for water to flow all around them.
- After one minute in the boiling water, immediately plunge the peaches into the cold water bath. You may need to change the water or add ice to keep the water cold.
- The skin should come off the peach very easily now, just like peeling tomatoes.
Freezing Your Peaches...
- After you have eaten a few peaches, clean the pits and store them in the refrigerator until September or October.
- Plant the pits about five inches beneath the soil surface. It's best to plant a few in case some don't sprout.
- Mark the location.
- Your tree will begin to grow in the spring!
- Keep the tree watered and fertilized and you'll have fruit in 2-3 years!