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If you want to capture the pure essence of peaches in a glass, then peach juice is the way to go. Make peach juice or peach nectar with ease at home!

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Peach Juice

Peaches, those sun-kissed orbs of summery goodness, are delicious and packed with vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Their sweet, aromatic, and slightly tangy flavor makes them popular for various dishes.

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Making it at home ensures that you get all the nutrients without any added sugars or preservatives, allowing the natural vibrancy of the fruit to shine through. Here’s a straightforward method to prepare fresh peach juice that promises a burst of summer with every sip.

Why should you make it

  1. Purity and Freshness: Homemade peach juice guarantees that you drink pure fruit essence without any added preservatives, artificial flavors, or colors often found in store-bought versions.
  2. Nutritional Value: Freshly squeezed peach juice retains more of the fruit’s natural vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than commercially processed juices.
  3. Control Over Ingredients: Making juice allows you to adjust sweetness levels and mix in other fruits or ingredients. This flexibility can benefit those watching their sugar intake or those with dietary restrictions.
  4. Economic Benefits: While there’s an initial cost for the fresh peaches, in the long run, making your juice can be more cost-effective than buying commercial brands, especially if you can access reasonably priced or homegrown peaches.
  5. Reduced Waste: By making your juice, you can minimize the environmental impact of purchasing commercially packaged products, which often come in non-biodegradable containers.
  6. Flavor and Variety: Fresh peach juice has a vibrant, fresh taste that’s hard to match with store-bought versions. Moreover, you can experiment by mixing in other fruits or ingredients to create various flavor profiles.
  7. Culinary Adventures: For those who love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, making peach juice offers an opportunity to explore and create new recipes, from cocktails and mocktails to sauces and desserts.
  8. Satisfaction: There’s a unique sense of accomplishment and pride in making something from scratch and enjoying the fruits of your labor, quite literally in this case!
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Types of peaches

  1. Freestone Peaches:
    • Description: The freestone peaches’ pit (or stone) separates easily from the flesh. They are ideal for most culinary uses since they are easy to work with.
    • Best uses: Juicing, baking, grilling, canning, and eating fresh.
    • Popular Varieties: Elberta, Redhaven, O’Henry, and Georgia Belle.
  2. Clingstone Peaches:
    • Description: The flesh “clings” to the stone, making them a bit more challenging to pit than freestone varieties. However, they are often sweeter and juicier.
    • Best for: Juicing, purees, cobblers, and eating fresh.
    • Popular Varieties: Spring Snow, Santa Rosa, and Garnet Beauty.
  3. Semi-Clingstone Peaches:
    • Description: These are a middle ground between freestone and clingstone. The flesh may or may not stick to the pit.
    • Best for: Various uses, including juicing, baking, and eating fresh.
    • Popular Varieties: Springcrest, Tropic Beauty, and Earligrande.
  4. White Peaches:
    • Description: These peaches have a pale, white interior with a delicate, sweet flavor and lower acidity than yellow peaches. They often have a floral aroma.
    • Best for: Fresh consumption, salads, desserts, and light-colored preserves to retain their pale color.
    • Popular Varieties: White Lady, Sugar Giant, and Snow Beauty.
  5. Yellow Peaches:
    • Description: These are the classic peaches most people are familiar with. They have a bright yellow interior and are sweet with a hint of tartness.
    • Best for: All purposes, including juicing, baking, grilling, canning, and fresh consumption.
    • Popular Varieties: Suncrest, Loring, and Early Redhaven.
  6. Donut (or Saturn) Peaches:
    • Description: These are flat, round peaches that resemble a donut. They are often sweet and less juicy than other types.
    • Best for: Eating fresh or in salads.

What you need

  • Peaches: Choose fresh, ripe peaches that are in season for the best flavor.
  • Optional sweetener: sugar, sugar substitute, maple syrup or honey. The amount you add will be determined by your taste and the sweetness of the peaches you use.
  • Optional variations: Add other fruits to make a fruit cocktail. Fresh mango, strawberry, raspberry, oranges, apple juice, or other fruits will work.
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Fresh Peaches

How to make it

Step One

Wash the peaches well. Gently rub off any peach fuzz.

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Wash peaches well. Gently rub off the peach fuzz.

Step Two

Cut the peaches. Remove any bruised areas with a paring knife. Remove the pit.

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Cut the peaches into random sizes. Remove any bruised areas.

Step Three

Place the pieces into the hopper of your juicer.

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Place the peaches in a juicer hopper.

Step Four

Set up a juicing station. Place a large bowl under the spout where the juice will be extracted and a small bowl to catch the skins.

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Set up your juicer with 2 bowls. One to collect juice and the other to collect the skins.

Step Five

Push the peach slices through the juicer. Collect the juice in a large bowl.

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Push the peach slices through the juicer. Collect the juice in a large bowl.

Step Six

Ren the skins through at least twice to extract as much juice as possible.

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Run the skins through twice to extract as much juice as possible.

Health benefits of peaches

  1. Peaches are rich in Vitamins and Minerals; including vitamins A, C, and E, and the minerals potassium, iron, and fluoride.
  2. Antioxidant Properties: The vitamins C and E in peaches act as natural antioxidants. Which may reduce the risk of a few chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
  3. Digestive Health: Peaches contain dietary fiber, which helps prevent constipation and other digestive disorders.
  4. Skin Health: The vitamins and antioxidants in peaches can promote skin health, making skin look revitalized and youthful.
  5. Heart Health: Peaches’ fiber, potassium, and vitamin C support heart health.
  6. Eye Health: Peaches contain beta-carotene, which gets converted into vitamin A. This vitamin is essential for improving night vision and preventing age-related macular degeneration.
  7. Bone Health: Peaches contain phosphorus and calcium, which are vital for maintaining bone health and preventing osteoporosis.
  8. Weight Management: Peaches are low in calories and high in fiber, and can make can keep you satisfied longer, potentially aiding in weight management when included as part of a balanced diet.
  9. Immune Support: The vitamin C in peaches supports the immune system, potentially reducing the duration and severity of colds and aiding in the healing of wounds.
  10. Reduces Inflammation: Studies suggest that the antioxidants in peaches can help reduce inflammation in the body.
  11. Detoxification: Peaches are known to have diuretic and detoxifying properties, which can help cleanse your kidneys and bladder.
  12. Anti-Aging: Antioxidants in peaches fight free radicals, which can contribute to the aging process, thus possibly having an anti-aging effect.
  13. Cancer Prevention: Certain peach compounds, like polyphenols, have been studied for their potential cancer-fighting properties.

What is the difference between peach juice and peach nectar?

  1. Consistency:
    • Peach Juice: This is generally a clear liquid extracted from the peach. It’s less thick and is similar in consistency to other fruit juices.
    • Peach Nectar: This is thicker than peach juice. It includes the juice and the pulp of the peach, giving it a pulpy, smoothie-like consistency.
  2. Taste and Texture:
    • Peach Juice: It offers a pure, clear peach flavor without the fibrous texture of the fruit’s flesh.
    • Peach Nectar: Including pulp in the nectar gives it a richer, more robust peach flavor. The texture is also more substantial due to the pulp, making it feel smoother and more satiating.
  3. Usage:
    • Peach Juice: Often consumed as a standalone beverage or used in cocktails, mocktails, or other drinks where a clear liquid is preferred.
    • Peach Nectar: Because of its thicker consistency, peach nectar is frequently used in smoothies, desserts, or recipes where you want a richer peach flavor and texture. Consume on its own as a more substantial beverage.
  4. Additives:
    • Peach Juice: Pure peach juice typically has no additives, but commercial versions might contain added sugars, preservatives, or other juices.
    • Peach Nectar: Commercial nectars might contain added sugars or sweeteners to enhance the taste. They might also have preservatives or other additives to extend shelf life.
  5. Nutritional Content:
    • Peach Juice: Because it’s primarily a liquid extract, it may have fewer calories than nectar and less fiber.
    • Peach Nectar: Due to the presence of pulp, nectar typically contains more fiber than clear juice. However, depending on the brand and any additives, it might also have more calories, especially if you add sweeteners.

When are peaches ripe?

Peaches have a long season. That can range from May and June in southern regions to June through September in more northern climes, depending on the specific variety.

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How to store fresh peaches

Unripe Peaches:

  • Countertop: If your peaches are still hard and not yet ripe, leave them at room temperature on the countertop in a single layer to avoid bruising. Keeping them stem-side down can also help prevent bruising. They’ll ripen over several days.
  • Paper Bag: Place the peaches in a paper bag to speed up the ripening process. The bag traps ethylene gas produced by the fruit, which accelerates ripening. You can also add apples or bananas to the bag. This increases the amount of ethylene gas.

Ripe Peaches:

  • Refrigerator: Once your peaches have ripened, move them to the fridge to slow the ripening process and extend their freshness. Store them in the refrigerator for up to a week, but it’s best to consume them within a few days for optimal flavor.
  • Do not store unripe peaches in the fridge, as the cold temperature can interfere with the ripening process, making peaches less flavorful and have a mealy texture.

Overripe or Cut Peaches:

  • Refrigerator: If your peaches have become very soft or if you’ve cut into one, store it in the fridge in a sealed container to prevent it from becoming moldy or spoiling. Use it within 1-2 days.

Long-term Storage:

  • Freezing: If you want to store peaches for an extended period, consider freezing them. First, wash, pit, and slice the peaches. Blanching them briefly in boiling water can help preserve their color and flavor. Place the slices on a parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet to freeze individually, then transfer them to airtight bags or containers to store in the freezer. 

General Tips:

  • Avoid Stacking: Peaches are delicate and can bruise easily. Store them in a single layer on the countertop or in the fridge.
  • Check Regularly: Peaches can turn from perfectly ripe to overripe quickly. Regularly check on them, especially if they’re at room temperature, and consume or refrigerate them as needed.

How to store peach juice

Immediate Storage:

  • Refrigeration: After juicing, transfer the peach juice to a clean, airtight container or bottle, leaving minimal air space at the top. Refrigerate immediately. Consume fresh juiced peaches within 2-3 days for optimal flavor. However, appropriately refrigerated can last up to 5-7 days.
  • Use Clean Containers: Always use clean, sanitized containers for storing juice to prevent bacterial or mold contamination.

Long-Term Storage:

  • Freezing: For extended storage, consider freezing your peach juice. Pour the peach juice into ice cube trays or silicone molds. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to airtight bags or containers. This way, you can easily use the amount you need without thawing the entire batch. Frozen peach juice can retain good quality for up to 8-12 months, but consume it within six months for the best flavor.
  • Leave Expansion Space: If freezing in containers, leave about an inch of headspace to allow the juice to expand without bursting the container.
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Fill ice cube trays to freeze.

Preserving:

  • Canning: Another method for longer-term storage is canning. This involves pouring the peach juice into sterilized jars, leaving appropriate headspace, and processing them in a water bath or pressure canner. This method will allow you to store the juice at room temperature for an extended period. However, following proper canning guidelines and procedures is important to ensure safety.

How do you can it?

Step One

Strain the juice through a cheesecloth-covered strainer, if you would like it without pulp.

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Strain peach juice, if you’d like no pulp.

Step Two

Heat the juice in a non-reactive pan. Ladle it into jars, leaving a ½ inch headspace.

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Heat the juice. Then ladle it into clean, warm mason jars.

Step Three

Remove air bubbles around the edges with a non-metallic tool.

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Remove air bubbles with a non-metallic tool.

Step Four

Wipe the rims of the jars clean with a damp towel.

Center a lid on the jar. Screw on the band finger-tip tight.

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Wipe the jar rims with a damp towel.

Get the canner water hot, and add the filled jars. Once the water is boiling, set the timer.

Once processing time is done, remove the pot from the heat, carefully open the lid, and move it partially off the top of the canning pot. Let it rest like that for 5 minutes.

Then, remove the lid and allow the jars to rest in the canning pot for another 5 to 10 minutes.

After resting, remove the jars onto a kitchen towel placed on your counter and let them thoroughly cool for 12-24 hours, undisturbed. You may hear the lids pinging sometime in the next hour. This is music to a canner’s ears. It is due to the reaction of the lids being sealed to the jar.

Check the seals. Press down in the middle of the lid. If it flexes up or down, the jar is not sealed and should be refrigerated and used first.

Then, remove the bands. Gently pick the jar up by the lid to further check the seal. Again, if it is not sealed, use it first.

Label jars with contents and the date. Store in a cool dark place.

New to canning? Start with our comprehensive article on “How to Can Everything“. It will walk you through all of the dos and don’ts related to canning.

How to use it

  1. Beverages:
    • Smoothies: Blend peach juice with yogurt, other fruits, and some ice for a delicious smoothie.
    • Cocktails/Mocktails: Peach juice can be a base for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Add some champagne or prosecco, garnish with fresh mint leaves for a delicious peach bellini!
    • Tea: Add peach juice to iced tea for a fruity twist.
  2. Desserts:
    • Gelatin: Use peach juice as a base for making fruit-flavored gelatin.
    • Sorbet: Create a refreshing peach sorbet using peach juice, sugar, and an ice cream maker.
    • Popsicles: Freeze peach juice in popsicle molds for a simple and refreshing treat.
  3. Cooking:
    • Marinade: Combine peach juice with herbs and spices to create a marinade for poultry or pork.
    • Glaze: Reduce peach juice with some sugar and vinegar to create a glaze for grilling.
    • Sauces: Make sauces for desserts, meats, and salads by reducing the juice down.
  4. Baking:
    • Muffins and Cakes: Use peach juice to replace part of the liquid in recipes for added flavor.
    • Fruit Bread: Add peach juice to bread recipes for a fruity aroma and taste.
  5. Preservation:
    • Jelly or Jam: Use peach juice as a base for making peach jelly or jam.
    • Peach Syrup: Reduce peach juice with sugar to make a syrup to enjoy on pancakes, waffles, or ice cream.
  6. Dressings and Vinaigrettes: Mix peach juice with vinegar, oil, and seasonings to make a fruity salad dressing.
  7. Facial and Skin Care:
    • Face Masks: The vitamins and minerals in peach juice can benefit the skin. Mix it with other fresh ingredients to create homemade face masks.
    • Facial Toners: The natural acidity of peach juice can make it suitable for use as a mild facial toner.
  8. Frozen Storage: 
    • Freeze peach juice in ice cube trays. Once frozen, transfer to bags and store. Use the frozen cubes in smoothies, cooking, or drinks.
When are peaches best for juicing?

When peaches are slightly soft to the touch, they have a fragrant, sweet aroma. Avoid peaches with blemishes or that have a mushy texture. Also, avoid peaches that are hard. These will have less juice.

Are freestone or clingstone the best?

Both of them can be suitable for juicing. Clingstone peaches are sweeter and juicier, as a rule. The best thing to do is to taste the peaches before juicing.

How do you reduce oxidation?

Add citric acid, according to manufacturer’s instructions or soak the peach slices in a bath of cold water and lemon juice for about ten minutes.

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Peach Juice

If you want to capture the pure essence of peaches in a glass, then peach juice is the way to go. Make peach juice or peach nectar with ease at home!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
processing time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $10

Ingredients

  • 8 pounds peaches
  • water if needed to achieve the desired texture

Instructions

  • Wash peaches well. Gently rub off peach fuzz with your hands. Halve them. Remove the pit with a paring knife.
    8 pounds peaches
  • Chop up the pieces so that they fit in your juicer.
  • Add the slices to the hopper. Set up bowls to catch the juice and the skins. We use the Kitchenaid with the vegetable strainer attachment.
  • If you don’t have a food mill, mash the peaches or process just a few pulses with your food processor.
  • Line your fine mesh strainer with several layers of cheesecloth.
  • Strain the mash. Let it strain at least of few hours or overnight.
  • Heat up the juice until it begins to boil, and prepare your jars. Ladle hot juice into hot jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles with a non-metallic tool. Wipe the rims of the jars clean with a damp paper towel. Center lid on jar. Screw on the bands fingertip tight.
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  • Process pint jars in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. (See altitude adjustment in recipe below).
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Notes

  1. Beverages:
    • Smoothies: Blend peach juice with yogurt, other fruits, and some ice for a delicious smoothie.
    • Cocktails/Mocktails: Peach juice can be a base for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Add some champagne or prosecco, garnish with fresh mint leaves for a delicious peach bellini!
    • Tea: Add peach juice to iced tea for a fruity twist.
  2. Desserts:
    • Gelatin: Use peach juice as a base for making fruit-flavored gelatin.
    • Sorbet: Create a refreshing peach sorbet using peach juice, sugar, and an ice cream maker.
    • Popsicles: Freeze peach juice in popsicle molds for a simple and refreshing treat.
  3. Cooking:
    • Marinade: Combine peach juice with herbs and spices to create a marinade for poultry or pork.
    • Glaze: Reduce peach juice with some sugar and vinegar to create a glaze for grilling.
    • Sauces: Make sauces for desserts, meats, and salads by reducing the juice down.
  4. Baking:
    • Muffins and Cakes: Use peach juice to replace part of the liquid in recipes for added flavor.
    • Fruit Bread: Add peach juice to bread recipes for a fruity aroma and taste.
  5. Preservation:
    • Jelly or Jam: Use peach juice as a base for making peach jelly or jam.
    • Peach Syrup: Reduce peach juice with sugar to make a syrup to enjoy on pancakes, waffles, or ice cream.
  6. Dressings and Vinaigrettes: Mix peach juice with vinegar, oil, and seasonings to make a fruity salad dressing.
  7. Facial and Skin Care:
    • Face Masks: The vitamins and minerals in peach juice can benefit the skin. Mix it with other fresh ingredients to create homemade face masks.
    • Facial Toners: The natural acidity of peach juice can make it suitable for use as a mild facial toner.
  8. Frozen Storage: 
    • Freeze peach juice in ice cube trays. Once frozen, transfer to bags and store. Use the frozen cubes in smoothies, cooking, or drinks.
Altitude adjustment
0-1000 feet – 10 minutes
1000-3000 feet – 15 minutes
3000-6000 feet – 20 minutes
above 6000 feet – 25 minutes
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 485mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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Originally published September 6, 2023.

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