Many recipes, especially salad, beverage and dessert ones, will call for "1 cup of peach puree" or "1 cup of chopped peaches" or even "1 cup of sliced peaches" but it is not always straight forward to decipher actually how many peaches are in a cup. In order to help make cooking easier we did some experiments to help tell you exactly how many peaches you need to buy.
To answer How many peaches in a cup we went to the grocery store to check out the produce section. After surveying the fruit selection we decided to use a medium peach for our calculations and discovered that 1 pound of peaches is equal to 3 to 4 medium whole peaches. We bought a couple pounds of medium peaches and headed home to start removing peach pits.
We then started chopping and found it took 11/2 pitted peaches to reach the 1 cup mark. Next we sliced the peaches to determine how many peaches were needed to measure a cup. We found when sliced it took 1 1/3 peaches. However, when measuring for 1 cup of pureed peaches, 2 peaches did the trick.
Did you know that the peach is a member of the rose family and originated from China, still the biggest producer of peaches today. About half of all peaches produced in the U.S. are grown in California.
Next time your recipe calls for a cup of puree, sliced or chopped peaches you'll know that you need to purchase 2 peaches at the store to cover it. You can also use our conversion tool below for any custom "how many peaches in a..." measurements you need.
When selecting peaches, choose fragrant fruits which are unblemished and not overly firm.
Firm unripe peaches with good color will become ripe and soft in 2 to 4 days when kept at room temperature in a loosely closed paper bag or ripening bowl.
Peaches are sensitive to chill-injury, dehydration and internal browning; when possible, store peaches on the kitchen counter.
Once they have reached their peak ripeness, they can be stored in the refrigerator to retard further ripening. Peaches will hold their quality for 3 to 5 days, but loss of juiciness occurs over time.
Peaches can be stored in the freezer at 0 degrees F for 8 to 12 months. Peach halves or slices packed with sugar or in sweetened syrup remain plumper and firmer than peaches packed without sugar. Frozen peaches make excellent pies or cobblers; to use raw in a fruit salad or compotes, serve with a few ice crystals still remaining. Completely thawed peaches become mushy.
Peaches can also be dried or canned.
There are many different varieties of peaches, all of which are generally classified as clingstone, freestone, or semi-freestone. Clingstones have pits that cling to the flesh of the peach while freestones are easily separated from the flesh. Semi-freestones are a hybrid that are smaller sized than freestones, but have a pit that detaches quite easily from the flesh.
One of the biggest hassles when cooking and working in the kitchen is when a recipe calls for "the juice of 1 lime" or a similar measurement. Often times when cooking people use bottled juices, pre-sliced vegetables and other convenient cooking time savers. Produce Converter will help you convert the "juice of 1 lime" and other similar recipe instructions into tablespoons, cups and other concrete measurements.
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