How long do peaches last in moonshine?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

When it comes to preserving peaches in moonshine, it’s important to consider the shelf life of both the fruit and the alcohol. Peaches themselves have a relatively short lifespan, but when submerged in moonshine, they can last for quite a long time.

Typically, fresh peaches will last for about 2-3 days at room temperature before they start to spoil. However, when you soak peaches in moonshine, the alcohol acts as a preservative and can extend their shelf life significantly.

Moonshine, being a high-proof spirit, has antimicrobial properties that help prevent the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mold. This preservation method has been used for centuries, especially in homemade fruit liqueurs and infused spirits.

When you prepare peach moonshine, the fruit infuses the alcohol with its flavors and aromas, creating a deliciously fruity and fragrant beverage. The peaches themselves will gradually soften and release their juices into the moonshine, enhancing its taste over time.

Now, let’s talk about how long peaches last in moonshine. If you properly prepare and store your peach moonshine, it can last for up to 6 months. This assumes that you have used fresh, ripe peaches and that the moonshine has been properly sealed in clean mason jars.

To ensure the longevity of your peach moonshine, follow these steps:

1. Choose ripe, juicy peaches: Select peaches that are fully ripe and free from bruises or blemishes. This will ensure that the fruit is at its peak flavor and will infuse well with the moonshine.

2. Clean and slice the peaches: Wash the peaches thoroughly and remove any stems or leaves. You can choose to peel the peaches if you prefer, but the skin adds flavor and color to the moonshine. Slice the peaches into thin wedges or small pieces.

3. Sterilize the mason jars: Before pouring the moonshine and peaches into the jars, make sure they are clean and sterilized. You can do this by washing them with hot, soapy water and then rinsing them with boiling water. Let the jars air dry before using.

4. Combine peaches and moonshine: Fill the sterilized mason jars with the sliced peaches, leaving some space at the top for the moonshine. Pour the moonshine over the peaches, filling the jars almost to the brim. Make sure the peaches are completely submerged in the alcohol.

5. Seal the jars tightly: Place clean lids on the mason jars and screw them on tightly. This will create an airtight seal, preventing any contaminants from entering and preserving the freshness of the peach moonshine.

6. Store in a cool, dark place: To maintain the quality of your peach moonshine, store the jars in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. A cellar, pantry, or cupboard works well. The temperature should be relatively stable, ideally between 50-70°F (10-21°C).

7. Allow for aging: Over time, the flavors of the peaches will continue to infuse into the moonshine, improving its taste. It’s recommended to let the peach moonshine age for at least a few weeks before consuming. The longer you wait, the better the flavors will develop.

It’s important to note that while the peach moonshine can last for up to 6 months, the quality may gradually decline over time. The peaches will eventually lose their texture and flavor, and the moonshine may lose some of its potency. Therefore, it’s best to consume the peach moonshine within the first few months for the best taste experience.

Peaches can last for up to 6 months in moonshine if properly prepared and stored. By following the steps mentioned above, you can enjoy the flavors of ripe peaches infused into your homemade peach moonshine for an extended period. Cheers to your delicious and preserved peach moonshine!