How to Freeze Peaches

How to Freeze Peaches How to Freeze Peaches

Sometime last week, my aunt said her peaches were ready and did I want to pick some? Free + fresh, organic peaches = YES! Now, what to do with all those peaches with little time.

Nutrients in Peaches: Peaches are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium and are a good source of dietary fiber (YAY), Vitamin A, Niacin, Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C. The only drawback to peaches are they are high in sugar. For me, if it is a choice between a sugary unhealthy dessert and the natural occurring sugar for a fruit, I know I should personally choose the fruit.

We decided to freeze them for later to use in a delicious Peach smoothies or to just eat plain as peaches are a fruit that can be frozen. With freezing, you don’t have to add any extra ingredients to your fresh peaches. It is super delicious to thaw out a bag of fresh peaches this winter. I was surprised at how simple it was to freeze peaches.

How to Freeze Peaches

 

Before you freeze your peaches, you need to remove the peel from the peaches. Removing the peel from the peaches is easy if you know how to do it right.

First you will need to boil the peaches for about 1 – 2 minutes. Enough so that the peels will pretty much just slide right off.

boiling peaches to freeze How to Freeze Peaches

Then immediately put them in a tub of iced down water. I use one of the sides of sink to do this.

ice bath for freezing peaches How to Freeze Peaches

See, very easy, they just slide right off.

peaches ready for freezing How to Freeze Peaches

As my aunt suggested, I just used my hands to take out the pits after peeling. At first, I was being oh, so careful with it trying to make pretty peach slices. I gave up on that after a few minutes and decided it didn’t matter what they looked like, they tasted the same!

peeling peaches to freeze How to Freeze Peaches

All this junk goes into our compost pile.

peach peels after peeling for freezing peaches How to Freeze Peaches

Then I used our Food Saver, which is a life saver/space saver when we are freezing in batches, to make small bags of peaches. You should note I have the cheapest Food Saver model possibly made, which still works well but I would love to invest in a fancier model in the future.

freezing peaches packaging How to Freeze Peaches

I ended up with around 10 bags of peaches even after I couldn’t stop myself from eating several of them!

Thanks Aunt Jane & Uncle Scott for the tasty peaches!

Now what to do with all of those peaches? Check out these 25 Delicious Peach Recipe Ideas!

step by step instructions with photos on how to freeze peaches How to Freeze Peaches

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comments { 8 Comments }
  • sheri grennille - August 31, 2010 @ 3:48 pm 1

    I did two bags last week (about six peaches each). It feels so neat to look in my freezer and see the results!

  • cheyenne - August 31, 2010 @ 8:57 pm 2

    check meijer-i saw a food savwer ont he clearance rack…not sure if basic or deluxe…

  • Andrew - September 01, 2010 @ 12:58 pm 3

    Wow! These are some awesome tips and I didn’t realize at all to take these steps for freezing peaches. We just bought a ton of delicious peaches and I might try this out!

    • Briana Carter - September 03, 2010 @ 8:47 am 3.1

      Its a few steps but really it goes quick!

  • Cheryl - September 03, 2010 @ 11:32 am 4

    I have frozen and canned peaches for many years and I would take exception to your recommendation to boil the peaches for 2-3 minutes. The reason you were unable to get beautiful slices is that 2-3- minutes in boiling water cooked the peaches and they were too soft to slice. The Ball Blue Book (the “bible” of canning and freezing) recomends dipping the peaches in boiling water for only 30-60 seconds followed with a cold water bath to stop the cooking process. My experience over the years tells me that 30 seconds is just about right. Even that may not be necessary if your peaches are really ripe. I just froze a whole bushel that the skins peeled off in large sheets without any scalding at all.

  • Tamara - September 07, 2010 @ 12:37 pm 5

    This is exactly what I needed. A couple days after I read this, my dad called and asked if I knew how to freeze peaches. Thanks for helping me out!

  • CreditShout - September 13, 2010 @ 7:24 pm 6

    This seems so easy! I can’t wait to try this!!

  • Afghanlady - July 14, 2013 @ 6:58 pm 7

    I have canned and frozen peaches for the past few years. It is so great to know that when freezing, there is NOTHING else added, just the peach slices. They are just great in the middle of winter, on pancakes, cottage cheese, angel food cake, and even ice cream. Great blog!

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