You can learn how to preserve peaches in multiple ways to prolong the freshness and juiciness of a peach. You can also use preserving methods, such as canning, to have peach products available all year long. Many of these methods conserve the nutritional quality of the peach, as well as the taste. Peaches are an excellent source for vitamin C, potassium, niacin, vitamin A and soluble fiber. When you preserve peaches, you can maintain many of nutritional qualities.
To preserve peaches you will need:
- Paper bag
- Canning jars
- To preserve peaches and to maintain their freshness longer, you need to store peaches properly. When storing peaches, do not tightly pack the peaches together because this increases the rate of spoilage. When storing peaches, it is best to store them in a paper bag because this decreases how quickly the peaches spoil. If you place the peaches in the refrigerator, while in the bag, the peaches will last even longer.
- You can preserve peaches by dehydrating them as well. Dehydrated peaches have high levels of iron and potassium. To dehydrate peaches, you will need to remove the skin and pits. After this is complete, cut the peaches into half inch thick circles or slices and dehydrate the peaches at a dry temperature of 130 degrees. This will prevent the peaches from darkening.
- To preserve peaches by canning, you can either hot pack or raw pack them. To begin canning the peaches, you will need to cut the peaches in half and remove the pits. Use a light or medium syrup. To raw pack the peaches, place the peaches in a canning jar and pour hot syrup over the peaches. To hot pack the peaches, cook the peaches in syrup and place the peaches into canning jars. Add hot syrup over the tops of the peaches.
There are many methods that can be used to preserve peaches. If preserving fresh peaches, it is best to eat the peaches at room temperature because they are juicier and taste better. Before using any method to preserve peaches, make sure you wash the peaches well to eliminate germs and bacteria that may be on the peach's surface.