Learning how to freeze peaches means delicious, ripe peaches all year round! Follow these simple steps for frozen peaches that don’t clump and aren’t mushy!
What Makes This Technique for Freezing Peaches So Good
- Peaches freeze beautifully, and this foolproof method locks in all of that summery sweetness so you can enjoy peach season all year round.
- It’s literally so quick and easy! The most time-consuming part is the actual freezing.
- Freezing the fruit on a sheet pan before tossing them in a freezer bag keeps them from freezing into one big peach rock, which makes them way easier to use when you’re ready!
- If done properly, frozen peaches will last up to 6 months in the freezer! They won’t be mushy when you go to use them, either. Perfect!
Key Ingredients for Frozen Peaches
Peaches – This method works with freestone and cling peaches, so use your favorite! You can freeze as few or as many as you have freezer space for. Frozen peaches are great blended in smoothies or baked into muffins or pies.
Lemon Juice – Lemon juice is the magic ingredient that keeps your peach slices from turning brown when they’re exposed to air. 100% a must-have!
- Squeeze out as much of the air from the bag as you can before sealing it and storing your frozen peach slices. This’ll help you get the most life and best flavor out of the fruit later on!
- If you want to peel your peaches before you freeze them, there are two easy ways to do it. 1) You can peel them with a peeler, like you would an orange or a potato. 2) You can boil them (very, very briefly!) and then immediately shock them in an ice bath. If you’re going to try option 2, bring a pot of water to a boil, then drop in your peaches. You only want them in the hot water for 15 seconds max – we’re not trying to cook them! Transfer them from the hot water immediately into an ice bath. Once they’ve cooled down, you can use a paring knife to make a shallow “X” or slit in the skin then peel them by hand. The peel should come right off, no problem!
- You definitely want to freeze ripe peaches, in order to lock in as much flavor as possible. How do you know if your peaches are ripe? They’ll be a little soft, with a slightly wrinkled golden-yellow skin and a wonderfully peachy aroma. Yup, give it a quick sniff in the store – if you don’t smell anything, that peach isn’t ready yet.
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How to Freeze Peaches
- Peeler (optional)
- Large bowl
- Baking sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Sealable Freezer Bag
- fresh lemon juice
- Peel peaches if desired, then cut peaches in half. Remove the pit, then cut halves into ¼-inch slices.
- Add peaches to bowl. Squeeze lemon juice over peach slices, then toss to coat.
- Lay peaches on baking sheet lined with parchment paper in one flat layer. Make sure peaches don't touch or overlap.
- Place baking sheet in freezer. Freeze at least 4 hours or until firm.
- Transfer frozen peach slices from baking sheet to sealable freezer bag. Seal bag and store in freezer up to 6 months.
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