How To Freeze Peaches
The Peach Truck from Georgia came to my town and it was full of 25# boxes of delicious ripe peaches! My husband stopped and bought me a box…..he’s such a peach! I had plans to bake a bunch of baked peach goods and freeze them but time got away from me so I decided to freeze the peaches instead. That way I can take them out of the freezer as I need them. This is a simple project, with only 3 ingredients, but it is time consuming….and worth it!
Rinse the peaches well in cold water.
Using a sharp paring knife, gently
cut a shallow X on the bottom of
each peach just under the skin.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over
medium-high heat and drop 3 to 4 peaches
into the boiling water for 10 to 15 seconds.
Immediately remove the peaches from the
boiling water and plunge them into a
large bowl filled with ice and water.
Remove after about one minute.
Using a sharp knife, carefully peel
the skin off starting at the bottom
of the peach where you cut the skin.
Slice the peeled peach in half,
just to the pit, starting at the stem end
and around the crease in the peach.
Hold one half of the peach and
turn the other half separating
the two halves at the cut.
Using a fork or your finger, remove
the pit. Slice each half into 4 pieces.
Place the slice peaches into a large bowl.
Repeat with a total of 8-10 peaches.
Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of granulated sugar and
1 Tbsp lemon juice over the peaches then
toss gently making sure all the peaches
get coated and the juices start to form.
Mark a gallon size freezer bag with the
date and how many peaches are in the bag.
Fill the bag with the prepared peaches.
Carefully squeeze out all the air you can,
without smashing the peaches,
and zipping the bag closed.
Move the peaches in the bag so they
fill the entire bag in a single layer
and the filled bag is flat.
Place the bag on a baking sheet or flat
surface in the freezer and freeze flat.
Peaches will keep 8-10 months in the freezer.
To thaw, thaw in the refrigerator or in a bowl of cold water.
How To Freeze Peaches
- 8 to 10 ripe but firm freestone peaches
- 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Rinse peaches with cold water.
- Using a sharp paring knife, gently cut a shallow X on the bottom of each peach just under the skin.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Drop 3 to 4 peaches into the water for 10 to 15 seconds.
- Immediately remove peaches from the boiling water and plunge the peaches into a large bowl filled with ice and water to stop the cooking process. Remove after one minute. Repeat process for all 8-10 peaches.
- Using a knife, peel the skin off of each peach starting at the bottom end where you cut the skin earlier.
- Slice the peach in half starting at the stem end, cutting down and around the crease in the peach. Cut to the pit but not through the pit.
- Hold the peach in one hand and with the other hand, twist at the sliced part breaking the peach in half.
- Using a fork or your fingers (be careful pit can be sharp), remove the pit.
- Cut each half into 4 pieces and place them into a large bowl.
- Repeat with the remainder of the peaches.
- Sprinkle sugar and lemon juice over the peaches, gently toss until the juice starts to form and all of the peaches are coated.
- Mark a gallon size Ziploc bag with the date and how many peaches will be in it.
- Fill the bag with the prepared peaches.
- Without crushing the peaches, squeeze the air out of the bag and zip it closed.
- Gently move the peaches so they lay flat in a single row, filling the entire bag.
- Freeze on a baking pan or flat surface in the freezer. Keeping them all flat will make it so you can stack them and take up less room in the freezer.
Love it! Great post!
What happens if you do not take off the skin? Skinning 25# of peaches sounds like it would take hours!
It’s a personal choice but I don’t like baking and having pieces of skin in it. Because of blanching them in boiling water for 10 seconds, the skin comes right off pretty easy. Just follow my directions on cutting the X in the skin. I took a lot of breaks and I did the 25# in about 4 hours. If you work right through you would get done much faster.
I seldom cook fruit into any dish, and really DO like the skin of fruits (not citrus, of course) when I cut them up into my cooked cereal
Just the thing I was thinking about since peaches are soon going to vanish from the markets where I live. Thanks a ton for sharing …
You’re welcome! Freeze now and enjoy for 8-10 months if they last that long. lol
I love peaches!!! And peach tea, peach cobbler…. oh yeah.. 😁
Now to figure out what to make with them! I retire in 16 days and will be trying all kinds of new things! So excited!
That’s great Diane!!! I’m happy for you!!
Thank you I am ready!
Thank you so much!
Excellent instructions. The peach truck showed up here but the window was narrow, and we missed it.
Awe maybe next year?
Cool! I wondered how to freeze peaches. 🙂
So much easier than canning them!
We have 2 freezers, because I prefer freezing over canning. We also don’t have any place to store extra canned goods that is not too hot.
I’ve never thought of this, i will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing
You’re welcome! It is a lot quicker than canning them!
Great advice! Love peaches!
Thanks so much!
Yum! I reviewed their cookbook and wondered, since I don’t have access to their peaches, if they were all that. So many wonderful things to do with peaches!
Yes they are delicious. Years ago, not knowing, I bought peaches that weren’t free stone and canned them. They were delicious too but I will never process any peach that isn’t free stone. Lesson learned the hard way that year…lol
This is an art.
Very simple but time consuming.
I love peaches!
Me too I can’t wait to make baked goods with them!
What a treat to have in the winter. Thank you!
You’re welcome Lisa! This is my first year freezing them. I am hoping they last until winter because they are so good I just want to thaw them and eat them right out of the bag!
Diane! You’ve provided a great tip: cutting an “X” into the skin of the peach! I get frustrated with peeling the skin off peaches but your method is going to help immensely. Thanks!
You’re welcome. With a sharp paring knife it doesn’t take very long to do this. Just don’t cut too deeply.
That was useful and going to try it when peaches come in season. A peach truck from Georgia – that would be heaven. I’ve never heard of it, just the citrus trucks in from Florida where you can either order ahead or just show up at a certain time.
This was my first time buying from them and I’m glad that I did. I saw so many good comments about them. Now to figure out what to make…lol
Thank you! They will be in abundance soon!
You are quite welcome Nancy!
It looks beautiful, so it tastes good too.
Thank you and best wishes to you too!
We all deserve laughter and joy…
Yes we do!
Didn’t know you could do that – didn’t you even sneak a peach to gnaw on while getting them ready to freeze?
Well of course I did…lol
I love them so much. They are very good for health. Keep sharing inspiring tips and tricks on your’s such a great blog.
Thank you so much!
GREAT IDEA!!!!! I can’t press the like button so I’m printing it out now…LIKE!!!!! Maybe you might make some peach cobbler and post a recipe? HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!!!!
Thanks and here you are Kathy! This is excellent!
Very nice presentation 👍
Thank you Jyo!!!
This is a great idea, wonderful share!
Thank you it is so worth doing.
Will be doing this soon! Thank you, love your site! 😊
Have fun! Thanks you so much! 💕
I love peaches! Who doesn’t! I had no idea they could be frozen so easily! Definitely going to trying it out! I’ve missed reading your posts so much! I will be doing a baking update comprising mostly of your recipes and I really hope you like it!
I can’t wait! I’m glad you are finding time to cook. Cooking is so therapeutic for me.
I agree. Baking is so relaxing. I read in a book that as baking involves measuring out ingredients and mixing them in a proper order, it provides the brain a rhythm and a sort of pattern which helps you to ground yourself.
I love that! Never heard it explained that way. I must be underground by now I’m so grounded! 🤣😂🤣😂
You really nailed this! Very descriptive and informative. I especially appreciate the visual aids that your photos offer. I need to check out the rest of you blog!
Thank you so much! I hope you find all of my recipes just as descriptive and informative. If you ever have a question please ask! Thank you for stopping by.
I LOVE fresh local peaches! Thanks for sharing this – just in time.
You’re welcome! I actually froze them for baking but I am having a hard time wanting to eat them right out of the freezer!
They make great smoothies, with a little almond milk and a touch of almond extract.
Love smoothies! Never thought about using the peaches for them. I make blueberry smoothies all the time.
Check this out! http://indianeskitchen.com/2017/06/25/blueberry-smoothie