Perfect Peaches – how to store and handle peaches

There’s a saying, “peachy keen” and that signals our eagerness to get stuck into peach season.  It’s the summer stone fruit of note and we are slurping to our heart’s content.  Aussie Farmers Direct farmer, Dean Morpeth, has more than a dozen varieties of yellow peaches and eight varieties of white peaches on his Swan Hill orchard.  Over five months they come into season on their family farm, each is carefully nurtured and hand-picked, when perfect.

What is right for yellow and white? 

Peaches are quite different with their own idiosyncrasies. A yellow peach has that classic peach flavour, with a tartness that mellows out the more it ripens, and that signature red colour on the outside. A white peach has more subtle sweetness with its lower acidity and a blushing, pale pink skin. Nowadays the varieties are less furry, less fragile and less sloppy.  The new varieties of stone fruit should be eaten on the “harder side” don’t wait for them to “melt”. Farmers really work on delivering fruit that is best to eat, so here’s some tips on storage and handling of this fruit.

We worked with some experts to pull together these FreshTips – our national buyer, Andrew Fletcher and Fisher & Paykel.

FreshTips 

To keep peaches perfect, store them in the fridge below 2 degrees or above 12 degrees – this applies for all stone-fruit. The death zone for peaches is between 2 degrees and 8 degrees – this sends them mealy.Also store peaches in a a container and keep it in the crisper.  It is better to store peaches alone rather than with other fruit which avoids natural ethylene ripening from fruit such as apples.

Every time your fridge door it is opened, the temperature changes around your food. The challenge is maintaining a consistent and controlled environment despite ongoing changes inside and outside the fridge. So, use a thermometer to understand what temperature your fridge is operating at – some fridges have these built in.  Adjust your temperature using your settings and allow it to stabilise.  A consistent controlled temperature is better than one which goes up and down – needless to say keep the door closed as much as possible.

Something that helps to keep your fridge at a constant temperature is putting cooked food in the freezer.  If you put hot/warm cooked food in the fridge, this changes the fridge’s environment. So, a good idea to let your food cool before putting it in the fridge. A further tip is to consider when you will need to eat any cooked left-overs.  If it is later in the week, place it in the freezer.  This simple tip helps to reduce food waste and takes the pressure off your ‘chilled environment’.

Worth a read is the Extra Bits section (below) on Fisher & Paykel’s sensor technology which is drawn from their website.  We like it because it has a built-in way to keep your food fresh, uses less energy and reduces food waste.

Both yellow and white are pretty glorious when cooked, and are particularly exquisite when caramelised so see our Caramelised Peach and Bocconcini Salad …It’s a stunner 😉

 

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Caramelised Peach and Bocconcini Salad

 

 

Extra bits

  1. More details on summer fruit: Summer Fruit Australia and  Australian Fresh 
  2. Fisher & Paykel website
  3. What is ActiveSmart™ technology in Fisher & Paykel?   ActiveSmart™ consists of a microprocessor, interior temperature sensors, independently controlled variable speed fans and multiple air ducts. The microprocessor controls how the refrigerator operates based on changing patterns of use. The sensors continuously send information to the microprocessor, which analyses and adjusts the fan speed and compressor operations accordingly to deliver a consistent and stable temperature. Continuous feedback means that ActiveSmart™ adjusts to the way you use the fridge and is able to respond to daily use.

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