Preserve the flavor of summer. Learn how to freeze peaches and have a sweet treat ready to enjoy all year long.
It is peach season and these juicy delicious fruits are everywhere. This is also the perfect time of year to preserve your peaches to enjoy them later. Learn how to freeze peaches and some tips and tricks to help you enjoy peaches year round.
Type of Peaches
There are two types of peaches; Clingstone and Freestone. As the name implies clingstone has the fruit that clings to the fruit, and freestone has an easier to remove pit.
Both of these types of peaches are delicious but if you have the option go for the freestone for ease of use.
Peaches can brown or oxidize when exposed to air. Once cut you can dunk your peach slices in a little lemon water to help prevent this oxidization process. You can also use vitamin c powder or tablets in water. Some stores even sell a fruit preserver (not my favorite option) but it does work.
Should I Peel Them?
To peel or not to peel, that is the question. Honestly, it is up to you. I prefer not to peel because the peels hold fiber and nutrients. However depending on what you are planning on using your peaches for in the future you may want to peel them before freezing.
How to peel peaches
If you are team “peel” here are some instructions on how to peel them quickly and easily.
- Get a pot of water boiling.
- Drip peaches into boiling water and leave them there for about 30 seconds.
- Carefully remove the peaches and immediately place them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
- Once cool the skins should peel off very easily with your hands.
Steps to Freeze
Freezing peaches is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.
- Cut your peaches in half and remove the pit.
- Slice each half into segments.
- Place on a lined baking sheet in a single layer and pop into the freezer.
- Freeze for about 1 hour or until the individual slices are frozen. Then place them into quart-sized freezer bags for longer-term freezer storage.
Remember to label and date the bags. There is nothing worse than a mystery bag in the freezer. Also try to remove as much air as possible when sealing your bag. This will help to prevent freezer burn.
Frozen peaches are good for everything that fresh peaches are good for. We love to use them in smoothies, recipes, and even just for snacking on.