One of the most affordable and healthy alternatives to consuming actual peaches is canned peaches. Then I genuinely like canned peaches.
Especially, those canned peaches with no extra sugar added to them taste identical to normal peaches.
If you are in a hurry and want your peaches to be all skin-free, then canned peaches are a great option in such a situation.
But, one thing that boggles people is how long canned peaches last or how and where to store the cans. Are you one of such people?
Well, you have nothing to worry about. I am here to answer all your queries regarding the shelf-life of canned peaches would last and how you can store them for better preservation.
Generally, canned food items have a longer shelf-life than uncanned food items.
Let’s learn about the shelf-life of canned peaches in a little more detail.
Don’t have time, here’s a quick Table.
|Homemade Canned Peaches
|14 to 18 months
4 to 5 days (if opened)
|Store Bought Canned Peaches
|18 to 24 months
|6 to 7 (If opened)
|3 to 4 years
How long do Canned Peaches last?
As said and mostly known by all of us, that canned peaches last way longer than the short shelf-life of normal peaches.
If you have bought canned peaches from a nearby store or bought it online, then know that they will last for a fairly long time. So you are lucky if you forget your canned peaches in the shopping bag.
Even if you keep the canned peaches outside at room temperature in your pantry or counter, they will last fresh and in good condition.
Unopened canned peaches would last around 18 to 24 months at room temperature. Hence there is no need to keep them in the fridge while they are unopened.
But, the same is not the case with opened canned peaches or homemade ones. It varies depending on different situations.
Did you know: Canned peaches provide around the same vitamin C, antioxidants, and other crucial nutrients that normal peaches provide?
How long do Canned Peaches last in Fridge?
Canned peaches, left unopened and untouched by us, need refrigeration.
However, the canned peaches that are opened or have dents or cracks on them should be refrigerated as soon as possible.
Refrigeration plays an important role in preserving your delicious canned peaches. It becomes necessary to store all your canned food to expand the shelf-life of canned peaches.
Another method to store your canned peaches is storing them in the freezer. The unopened can of peaches does not require storage in the freezer.
But, if you are concerned, you can store canned peaches in the freezer, where they would last indefinitely if stored properly.
How long do Homemade Canned Peaches last?
If you have bought peaches in excess, you can definitely can them, which is a proven method of preserving them for the longest time.
It’s not at all a surprise that homemade canned peaches do not last as long as compared to store-bought canned peaches.
But that doesn’t mean that your homemade canned peaches wouldn’t last long, even at room temperature.
If you have prepared your homemade canned peaches, then storing them in the pantry would make them last for at least a year.
If you are constantly using or would say opening and closing your container, you should store the canned peaches in the fridge where they would last around a week.
Storing homemade canned peaches in the freezer is the only way to elongate their shelf-life. Homemade canned peaches would last around 2 to 3 years in the freezer if untouched.
How long do Canned Peaches last after the Expiration Date?
Most canned peaches I have observed have a “Best By” date.
This is the date that determines the quality of the canned peaches and not much about the safety of the canned peaches.
So, what to do? You can consume your canned peaches after their “Best Buy” date, knowing that the can is unharmed and stored in good condition.
You can consume canned peaches even after 1 to 2 years or sometimes even more after the “Best By” date, considering the attributes mentioned above.
But, if your can is damaged, cracked, or similar to these conditions, you should not consume them because it may make you sick.
How to Store Canned Peaches after Opening?
Storing peaches in a packed can is already one of the best storage or preservation methods.
You can update the process to keep peaches for the longest time.
The canned peaches that you buy from the store are well-commercially packed. Hence, storing them isn’t big of a task.
You just need to make sure that you are keeping them in a cool and dry area. Don’t let you can drop. Any dent, crack, or any form of leakage can lead to destroying your canned peaches.
Did you know: Some say that canned items can last for years to go? I think it’s weird but cool, right?
If you have opened the can, you first need to transfer it to an airtight container. I repeat, do not let your peaches stay in the can.
In no time, it would be infected by swarms of bacteria. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
If you are storing peaches at home, you must follow a certain process. Firstly you need to heat the peaches to peel off their skin easily and slightly.
Then boil water with some sugar and mix it in a good sterilized air-tight container.
Do not forget to sterilize lids as well. Then either you can store the can in the fridge, or it can stay at room temperature too.
There is no need to store them in the freezer, but you can store them in the freezer if you want better safety for a longer time.
Just remember that the taste and texture of the canned peaches would slightly change.
How to keep Canned Peaches from Turning Brown?
The biggest problem that you need to face while using canned peaches is that they go bad.
Is there any solution for preventing browsing? Well, there is definitely one.
You can use certain acidic condiments in your canned peach mixture.
This will help to balance the Ph level of the mixture, which will help prevent the peaches from turning brown.
You can add ascorbic acid of about 1 teaspoon to 1 gallon of water. You can easily find it both in-store and online.
Or, you can add corn syrup to the mixture if you do not want to use the ascorbic acid. Both these methods help in preventing canned peaches from turning brown.
But, it’s better not to add corn syrup as it adds a high amount of sugar to your mixture.
How to keep Canned Peaches from floating?
The first method to prevent canned peaches from floating is to use a good air-tight container. If unnecessary air is inside the canned environment, your peaches will float.
The second method that should be followed to prevent the peaches from floating in a can is to keep your peaches inserted in the syrup, which is light.
The heavy syrup will cause your canned peaches to float, which is not ideal.
Light syrup, either water or sugar, is useful in preventing this issue.
How to tell if Canned Peaches are Bad?
Keeping your fruits fresh and safe by storing them in a can is one of the best preservation methods.
However, whether bought from the store or made at home, canned peaches are bound to go bad with time or due to other external causes.
Here are some cues to recognize that your canned peaches have gone bad.
If your can is leaking or bulging anywhere, it is a sign of botulism. If eaten, such canned peaches can cause health problems. Hence, throwing them is the best thing to do.
If you open your canned peaches with a weird or foul smell, you should do a taste check. If it doesn’t taste the same, you should not consume them.
If you see any mold or fungi growing on top of your canned peaches or even just on the lid, then you know it better to throw them away as soon as possible.
I hope I have answered all your queries regarding how long canned peaches will last and how you can store them for better preservation.