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How to Freeze Peaches

Summer fruits such as ripe, juicy peaches are nearing the end of their season, but taking advantage of your freezer now allows you to enjoy them into the winter months.

Ideas for using frozen peaches:

  • Make jam
  • Mix into vanilla yogurt or ice cream
  • Make peach muffins, pancakes, or waffles
  • Make peach cobbler or crisp
  • Blend into smoothies
  • Puree for fresh, homemade baby food

Have peaches to freeze? Here’s how (step-by-step pictures below):

  1. Prepare by starting a pot of water boiling on the stove and filling a large bowl (or clean kitchen sink) with cold water and lots of ice.
  2. When water is is boiling, drop whole peaches in water and boil about 45 seconds.
  3. Remove from boiling water with a slotted spoon and immediately submerge in ice water.
  4. When peaches are cool enough to handle, use your fingernails to gently run the skin. It should slip right off.
  5. Use a knife (or if your peaches are ripe, your hands) to half the peach and pull out the pit.
  6. Chop or mash peeled peaches and portion into freezer bags or containers.
  7. Freeze.

5 Responses to “How to Freeze Peaches”

  1. Sharyn says:

    This is just the post I needed; I purchased a peck of peaches today hoping to do some canned spiced peaches but life is getting in the way so frozen ones will do.

  2. Lisa Sawtelle says:

    Wow! Never really thought of freezing peaches…….And we just had an amazing batch of Colorado at our local grocery.. YUMMY! Thanks!

  3. Lynn Edler says:

    I always put a little Fruit Fresh on the fruit and then cover them with a light sugar syrup when I freeze peaches.

  4. Lanakila says:

    I’ve used my cooler, a wire cooling rack, and dry ice from the grocery store to individually quick freeze peach slices. Then I can package them in gallon bags and pull out a few slices as needed. Because the peaches freeze so quickly the ice crystals are smaller and the peaches don’t get as mushy.

    Always wear winter/oven gloves when handling dry ice. Place ice in bottom of cooler, set rack with peaches above the ice (don’t let the peaches touch or they’ll freeze to the ice, and close the lid for a half-hour.

    • katie says:

      Thanks for the tip! I’ve never tried dry ice with peaches so I might have to give it a shot sometime. :)

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