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How to Freeze Peaches – The Easiest Method

If you are a devout lover of peaches, then you have come to the right place! 

For me, summertime isn’t really summertime until I get to bite into the deliciously divine, juicy, and sweet goodness of a ripe peach!

In fact, my love for peaches is so strong that I truly struggle to wait for them to come back in season so that I can buy them in bulk.

The reason why I simply adore peaches is that they are such a versatile food item; you can add them to a wide array of dishes.

If it were up to me, I’d use peaches in every single dish. I often make peach pies, refreshing peach smoothies, grilled peaches, and grilled peach salad!

Check out this refreshing grilled peach salad

Unfortunately, peaches are a seasonal fruit.

Peach season is heart-achingly brief and always leaves me wanting more!

This is where frozen peaches come into the picture.

I am so glad that we can actually freeze peaches for some time as that allows me to devour peaches and peach desserts and salads all year long. 

If you want to learn how to freeze peaches, then read on to find out the simplest way to do so!

How to Freeze Peaches

The perfect way to freeze peaches is pretty simple and involves one secret step that makes a world of difference in keeping the peaches fresh and free of freezer burn.

So, here’s how you can freeze peaches:

Things You Will Need

  • 4 ripe peaches 
  • A tablespoon of granulated cane sugar
  • A sharp knife
  • 2 cups of water
  • A large pot
  • A slotted spoon
  • 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • A large bowl
  • A heavy-duty freezer bag
  • A cookie sheet

Instructions

  1. The first step is to get the ripest peaches. They should have a strong fruity fragrance and should yield to light pressure at the stem end only. Make sure to avoid peaches with mushy or soft spots. 
  2. Rinse the peaches under cool tap water and gently scrub off any grime or dirt. 
  3. Use a sharp knife to make a small x on the bottom of each peach. This makes it easier to remove the skin. 
  4. Bring a large pot of water to boil and then use a slotted spoon to carefully lower the peaches into the pot. Let the peaches sit in the hot bath for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  5. While the peaches are in the pot, fill a bowl with ice-cold water and then use a slotted spoon to lower the peaches into the bowl. 
  6. Let the peaches cool for a while and then use a knife or your fingers to peel the skin from each peach.
  7. Cut the peeled peaches into halves around the pit and gently twist each half of the peach to expose the pit. Use a knife to pry the pit out of each peach.   
  8. Cut the peaches either into quarters or thin slices. I prefer cutting them into small chunks.
  9. Mix one part lemon juice in 4 parts water and toss the cut pieces or slices into a water and lemon bath.  
  10. Put the soaked peaches on a cookie sheet. Spread each slice out so that none of the slices or chunks are sticking together.
  11. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer so that the peach slices or chunks can flash freeze. It will take them at least 4 hours to fully freeze. 
  12. Once the peaches have frozen completely on the cookie sheet, take it out of the freezer. Use a spatula to separate the peach slices from the sheet and place them in a heavy-duty freezer bag. Push out as much air as you possibly can, seal the bag, and place it in your freezer. That’s it, you can enjoy the frozen peach slices all year long! 

Pro Tip: Make sure to place the peach slices or chunks in a single layer on the cookie sheet. This will ensure that they freeze faster, more thoroughly, and won’t clump together. 

Can You Freeze Peaches With Skin on Them?

It is recommended to peel and slice the peaches before freezing them. This way, you can directly pop them into pies and smoothies.

However, you can also freeze unpeeled peaches. Simply make sure to wash the peaches under running water and then dry them with paper towels. Wrap each peach in at least 2 sheets of newspaper.

Place the peaches on a cookie sheet and put the sheet in your freezer overnight.

The next morning, take out the peaches with the newspaper on them and store them all in heavy-duty freezer bags.

Remove as much air as possible from the bags and place them in your freezer to enjoy later. 

How Do Frozen Peaches Taste?

Although they don’t taste as sweet as fresh peaches, they are definitely juicier.

They have a tart sweetness to them which makes them ideal for baked goods such as peach pies.

However, my most favorite way to eat them is in a refreshing peach salsa, as this dish truly brings out their juicy sweetness!

How Do You Keep Peaches from Turning Brown?

The most concerning bit about freezing peaches or even leaving them on the counter for a while before devouring them is that they tend to brown pretty quickly.

This browning is exactly what makes this delectable fruit so perishable! So, how do you prevent your frozen peaches from browning while they are in the freezer?

The best way to avoid browning is to soak the sliced peaches in a mixture of water and lemon juice before freezing them.

You can also coat them in orange or pineapple juice. 

Do Frozen Peaches Get Mushy?

Just like other perishable fruits, frozen peaches also tend to get mushy after their stint in the freezer. This is especially true when they are thawed improperly.

If you plan to eat frozen peaches as is, then don’t leave them to thaw on the counter as this way, they will get mushy and become inedible.

The best way to thaw them is by keeping them in the refrigerator for a few hours before eating them or using them in your smoothies or desserts. 

The Bottom Line

I hope you enjoyed reading this guide on how to freeze peaches. You can either freeze them by peeling and slicing them or storing them as is.

Make sure to freeze this juicy seasonal fruit the right way so that you can enjoy it all year long.

Keep frozen peaches from turning brown by giving them a lemon juice and water bath before freezing them.

Although frozen and thawed peaches can get a bit mushy to eat as is, you can easily use them to make delicious peach smoothies and pies. 

How to Freeze Peaches – The Easiest Method

How to Freeze Peaches – The Easiest Method

This is how to freeze peaches so you can devour it all year long

Ingredients

  • Ripe peaches
  • Knife 
  • Large pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Lemon juice
  • Cookie sheet
  • Freezer 
  • Spatula
  • Heavy-duty freezer bag
  • Granulated cane sugar

Instructions

  1. The first step is to get the ripest peaches. They should have a strong fruity fragrance and should yield to light pressure at the stem end only. 
  2. Rinse the peaches under cool tap water and gently scrub off any grime or dirt. 
  3. Use a sharp knife to make a small x on the bottom of each peach. This makes it easier to remove the skin. 
  4. Bring a large pot of water to boil and then use a slotted spoon to carefully lower the peaches into the pot. Let the peaches sit in the hot bath for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  5. While the peaches are in the pot, fill a bowl with ice-cold water and then use a slotted spoon to lower the peaches into the bowl. 
  6. Let the peaches cool for a while and then use a knife or your fingers to peel the skin from each peach.
  7. Cut the peeled peaches into halves around the pit and gently twist each half of the peach to expose the pit. Use a knife to pry the pit out of each peach.   
  8. Cut the peaches either into quarters or thin slices. I prefer cutting them into small chunks.
  9. Mix one part lemon juice in 4 parts water and toss the cut pieces or slices into a water and lemon bath. 

Notes

  1. Keep frozen peaches from turning brown by giving them a lemon juice and water bath before freezing them.
  2. Make sure to place the peach slices or chunks in a single layer on the cookie sheet. This will ensure that they freeze faster, more thoroughly, and won’t clump together.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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