How Long Do Peaches Last?

How long do peaches last? Generally, peaches will last for 3-4 days on the counter, slightly longer in the fridge and can be frozen for an extended time. The shelf life of peaches depends when the peaches were picked and how they are stored.

Peaches are a popular fruit because of their fresh sweet taste, ease of eating with no need to peel, small waste production and high vitamin content. Fresh peaches come in different varieties with the most common being yellow peaches, white peaches and doughnut peaches. White and yellow varieties also come in freestone varieties where the pit falls right out when the peach is cut in half and ones where the pit is very ingrained into the flesh.

Choose peaches that are give slightly when gently pressed. You should also be able to smell the peach fragrance near the stem. Avoid any with shades of green and, like any fresh fruit, broken skin or bruises. White peaches are the most delicate, so transport them carefully. Donut peaches are flatter and sturdier, thus travel better than their cousins. Doughnut peaches can be used just like the others except for this: cut the pit out of the center, dip them into doughnut batter and then deep fry them - peach doughnuts taken literally & figuratively - yum!

So, how long do peaches last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh peaches past their picked or purchased date is approximately ...

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Peaches Expiration Date

Counter Refrigerator Freezer
Peaches (Whole) last for 3-4 Days 4-5 Days 6-9 Months
Peaches (Cut) last for 2-4 Hours 2-3 Days 6-9 Months
Nectarines (Whole) last for 3-4 Days 4-5 Days 6-9 Months

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, peaches, like a lot of other fresh fruits, usually do not have a use by date or a best before date so you will have to use the date purchased or date picked.

How to tell if Peaches are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent foodborne illness.

Some common traits of bad peaches are a wrinkled skin, super softness, discoloration or leaking.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods before their shelf life has expired!

How to store Peaches to extend their shelf life?

Peaches are best kept on the counter, preferably on a towel so that the bottoms will not become mushy. If the peaches are too ripe, store them in the refrigerator to stop the ripening process.

If your peaches are not ripe, store them in a paper bag on the counter to speed the ripening process. Peaches will ripen within a few days, but they will not get any sweeter than they were when they were first picked.

Cut fruits should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for extended shelf life.

For a long term storage option, cut peaches can be frozen if placed in an airtight freezer safe container. Remember that freezing is an indefinite form of storage, but for best quality and flavor most fresh fruits are far better if used with 9 months of freezing.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long are Peaches good for when prepared in a dish?

How long do peaches last? That depends. How long do apples last? In general, foods last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish with which they are mixed.

What are our shelf life resources?

In determining how long Peaches lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Peaches.

*An important note about expiration dates...

Although the Peaches shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!

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