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):
- 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.
- When water is is boiling, drop whole peaches in water and boil about 45 seconds.
- Remove from boiling water with a slotted spoon and immediately submerge in ice water.
- When peaches are cool enough to handle, use your fingernails to gently run the skin. It should slip right off.
- Use a knife (or if your peaches are ripe, your hands) to half the peach and pull out the pit.
- Chop or mash peeled peaches and portion into freezer bags or containers.