When it comes to fruits, there are few out there that are as juicy and delicious as fresh peaches are. If you want to make sure that your peaches are going to keep wonderfully, then perhaps freezing them is going to be the answer.
Whether or not freezing peaches is a good idea or not, we’re going to find out as we go through some of the biggest questions we had about this issue.
Can You Freeze Peaches?
Peaches are delicious and that’s also the opinion of one of our readers who sent us a question about freezing the extra fruit they have. Here’s the message:
I couldn’t resist buying a bushel of peaches when we visited a farm today. Fresh, local peaches are so much better than those hard ones that get flown in from who knows where. The bushel didn’t look very big in the farm store, nestled up against all the other produce for sale. When I got it home, I realized just how many peaches come in a bushel!
I plan on making a few pies and even a peach cobbler, but I know I will have to store some excess peaches for later. I have no idea how to store peaches for the long term! Can you freeze fresh peaches?
Those peaches sound delicious! Yes, you can freeze fresh peaches. There are many ways to freeze peaches, depending on how you wish to use them. If you don’t mind freezing your peaches with the skin on, there is very little prep to do before freezing them.
How to Freeze Peaches?
As we get on with freezing the peaches we do have, there are a few things we must do to prepare everything.
Freezing peaches – Skin on
- Choose fresh, blemish-free peaches and wash them.
- Dry the peaches carefully, then cut into slices, removing the pit.
- Toss in a little bit of fresh lemon juice to maintain the color.
- Place slices in a single layer on a baking sheet until hard, to prevent clumping.
- Then place in freezer bags and remove excess air.
- Seal the bags, then label and date them.
Freezing peaches – Skin off
- To freeze peaches without the skin, you will need to blanch them first.
- Cut an X in the bottom of each peach.
- In the meantime, place a large pot of water on the stove to boil.
- Prepare a large bowl of ice water, with extra ice on hand.
- Place each peach in the boiling water for 3-4 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon.
- Plunge each peach in the ice water to stop the cooking process, changing the water as necessary.
- Remove from the ice water and lay on a clean dishcloth.
- When cool enough to handle, peel the skins from the peaches.
- Then, cut each peach in half to remove the pit.
- Peaches can be frozen in halves or can be sliced.
- For best results, freeze peeled peaches in a bit of water, sugar, or simple syrup.
- They can also be frozen as is.
- Place in freezer bags, remove the excess air, and then seal the bag.
- Label and date.
How to Keep Peaches for Longer?
If you want to make sure that your peaches will keep for a longer time in the freezer, then you’re going to need to get a vacuum sealer. These appliances take out all the air in the container and give a perfect seal so no oxigen gets in and thus they last longer.
We have reviewed a bunch of vacuum sealers, but our favorite is the FoodSaver V4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealer Machine which works with different-sized freezer bags and containers. It will save you time and money in the long run.
How to Thaw Peaches?
When you feel like having some peaches again, you can thaw them out so you can use them in whatever recipes you want to make.
Frozen peaches can be used directly from frozen, or thawed in the refrigerator before being used in recipes.
Here are a few recipes you may want to try out: