Take fine ripe juicy free-stone peaches. Pare them, and remove the stones by thrusting them out with a skewer, leaving the peaches as nearly whole as possible. Or you may cut them in half. Put them immediately into flat stone jars, and cement on the covers with the composition of bees-wax and rosin melted together, and thickened with powdered brick dust. The jars (filled up to the top) must be so closely covered that no air can possibly get to the peaches. Then pack the jars in boxes of sand, or of powdered charcoal, and nail on the box-lid.
Peaches done in this manner, have arrived at California in perfect preservation. But they must be eaten as soon as the jars are opened.