Store at room temperature until ripe — refrigerating peaches before they are ripe can lead to loss of flavor, texture and appearance.
To hasten ripening, place peaches in a paper bag at room temperature, and check daily.
Once ripe, place peaches in a plastic bag and refrigerate.
To freeze peaches: (1) Wash, pit and halve or slice peaches; (2) Coat peaches with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon of ascorbic acid for each 6 tablespoons of cold water to prevent darkening; (3) Add 2/3 cup sugar to each quart of fruit and stir until sugar is dissolved; (4) Place in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
Freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
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