Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
Sep 2, 2006 12:40 AM

how to ripen peaches

I am making peach ice cream for dessert for a dinner party tomorrow night... went to the store and they have a little give, but not fully ripe. is there a way to quicken this up so I can still have my ice cream. thanks!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. You could probably speed up the process by putting the fruit in a brown paper bag and leaving it on the counter.

    1. I was told that apples emit some kind of ripening (gas) agent?
      I place them next to avocados and it seems to do the trick. Maybe they would have ripened at the same rate...

      1. the paper bad trick seemed to help a little... thanks

        1. I always do the paper bag trick, adding a tomato or banana to speed the process.

          2 Replies
          1. re: miss_mia

            True peaches are better tree ripened, but here in the so called wilds of east Texas there are too many squirrels. Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of them legally is to run over them with a car. Can't shoot or even live trap them and move them. Too many tree rat lovers in the neighborhood. So, if I want any at all I have to pick them early. The only good peaches here are roadside peaches from Fredericksburg, Texas, but very cost prohibitive.

            1. re: Eddie lee

              The best peaches I have ever eaten were from Fredricksburg a few weeks ago! So good.

          2. The only way to ripen peaches is to leave them on the tree until they are ripe. Off the tree, they will get softer but they will not get any riper (i.e., sweeter).

            If you want truly ripe peaches, order them from Frog Hollow Farm and be prepared to pay an arm and a leg. NB: The peaches should not be stored in air-conditioned space (despite what the instructions that arrive with them say about proper storage temperature), you have to unpack them asap and check frequently, and you should not be surprised if some arrive with bad spots (cut away the bad patches and savor what's left).

            By and large peaches (and apricots and nectarines) are picked unripe for two reasons: they are so fragile and the time from "ripe" to "rotten" is so brief. I once asked a farmer at an area farmer's market to pick some truly ripe peaches for me. I offered to pay extra for them. The response I got was to let the unripe peaches sit for a while. I gave up trying to get them.

            1 Reply
            1. re: Timowitz

              As long as this old thread has already been revived, I'll mention that Timowitz's assertion is incorrect, in my 40 yrs of produce-buying experience. Rock hard green-throated peaches may never get any sweeter but if you choose ones that are rosy around the stem and have a tiny bit of give, a day or two in a paper bag will make them sweeter. Sometimes peaches are mealy, and their weight is no guarantee of juicyness.