How to Freeze Peaches

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How to Freeze Peaches

 

First off, this should have been titled “The Lazy Person’s Guide to Freezing Peaches”. I seriously hate doing cooking tasks that take longer than 30 minutes so my goal is to get 20 lbs of peaches in the freezer in an hour. If you’re looking for a tutorial where you get perfectly frozen peach slices that don’t clump together, this is the wrong tutorial for you.

How to Freeze Peaches

Before, I had blanched the peaches and removed the skin before freezing. However, this changed several years ago when I bought frozen peaches from my Food Club in the middle of winter and paid, like $5/lb for the dang things and they had SKINS on them. What? Yeah. I learned from that and now leave the skins on them.

Step #1 – You can keep your peaches in their produce box or place them in a large pan next to your sink.

How to Freeze Peaches

Then wash those babies. These were the fuzziest peaches I have ever seen. I had to rinse each one for a good minute to get them smooth.

How to Freeze Peaches

Now the fun part, slicing them up. There were some gnarly soft and bruised spots that I cut around. If you want, you can spritz some lemon juice on before you add them to the bag. This will help keep them from turning brown (I don’t do this – remember this is The Lazy Person’s Guide to Freezing Peaches).

How to Freeze Peaches

I put my peaches in gallon sized freezer bags and fill them half way and then lay them flat. Push the fruit flat also and try to get out as much air as possible.

Set the bags in your freezer (not on top of each other – they will be a bear to break apart when frozen solid). The peaches will tend to clump to each other so you can try checking on them 1 to 2 hours after they’ve been in the freezer to break them up before they completely freeze. Another way around this is to freeze them in smaller bags.
How to Freeze Peaches

Voila! Frozen peaches to enjoy during winter!

 

6 Comments

  1. Salixisme September 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Nice! I am planning on buying a 30lb case of peaches from the farmers market tomorrow…. the plan is to freeze some and dry the rest.
    I usually freeze fruit in cup sized portions as we most often use it in smoothies and this quantity works best.
    And I don’t slice my peaches – I take the stones out and then roughly chop them in the food processor… even quicker!

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    1. Kelly Bejelly September 7, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Love you idea of using the food processor. The next batch I make, I’m going to try this ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. HilLesha September 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

    That’s a wonderful idea! I love peaches. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Kira September 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    This is super helpful, considering we just went peach picking a few days ago. Thank you!!

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  4. kathy March 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I’m even lazier when it comes to freezing peaches…I just freeze them whole on a tray and then bag when frozen. I don’t bother washing them either. Just set them stem end down on the tray so they don’t roll around. When you are ready to use, just rinse under running water and the skins slip off. You can then slice or chop or blend as desired. Easy peasy.

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    1. Kelly Bejelly March 2, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      I will have to try that next time Kathy!

      Reply

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