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How to have fresh peaches all year 'round
What's the best fruit in the whole wide world?
I've heard many people say "a perfectly ripe peach." I couldn't agree more.
There's just something incredibly satisfying about the texture of a peach in summer -- how it yields to your teeth and tongue when you bite into it, the intense aroma from the skin, and that unparalleled flavor.
How can you have them year 'round?
By freezing them -- it's easy -- and here's how to do it.
How to remove the skin from your peaches
Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil.
Using a paring knife, make a small slit in the bottom of each peach. Put a few peaches into the water for about 30 seconds, then remove them with a slotted spoon to a bowl with iced water.
After a few moments, you'll be able to use your fingers to easily remove the skin. If you find it difficult for some of them, just drop them back into the boiling water for another 30 seconds or so.
This method is quick and fool-proof -- two things i really like when I'm preparing a lot of peaches for the freezer.
How to Prepare Your Peaches
Once the peaches are peeled, use a sharp knife to cut them in half -- imagine you're cutting through the "equator" of the peach, then twist the halves. This method will allow you to keep that beautiful dark red meat around the stone.
Remove the stone and discard. I slice the peaches into a bowl, then move on to the next peach.
Sometimes, the peach flesh won't pull away from the stone. In those cases, I just cut the peach away from the stone as best I can... and move on to the next! Don't get hung up on having each slice look perfect.
Once I have a large bowl full of sliced peaches, i squeeze a whole lemon onto them (I squeeze it through a strainer to prevent the seeds and lemon pulp from falling into my peaches.)
Add sugar to the peaches, then stir them and the lemon juice to combine. How much sugar? It depends on the sweetness of the peaches.
HOWEVER, you will need sugar -- it acts as a preservative, and will also help maintain their beautiful color.
A good rule of thumb -- approximately one cup of sugar to each four cups of peaches. Occasionally you might have a batch of peaches that aren't all that sweet -- then by all means increase the amount of sugar.
The Last Steps
I put my peaches into quart freezer bags (not sandwich bags, of course -- they aren't thick enough to provide the protection your fruit will need.)
I write the date on the bag -- and if I plan to put up different batches of peaches I'll write who gave them to me, or where they were picked. Believe me -- once they're frozen you won't be able to tell one package from another unless you clearly label them.
Besides, when I serve a peach dessert, I like to tell my guests where the peaches came from.
Using a funnel, I put two cups of sliced peaches into each bag. You can also put three cups -- it depends on the number of people you cook for, and how you imagine you'll use your peaches.
For example, if you plan to eat them on ice cream, then two cups are plenty -- even for four or five people. But if you plan to make cobblers you'll probably want to put three cups per quart bag.
Press out the air, seal the bags, then lay them on the counter.
Clear a space in your freezer where the bags can lay flat. This is really important. If they're frozen into neat packages they can be moved to another part of the freezer and easily stacked. You'll be glad you took this step.
The first time I put fruit in the freezer I tossed them in willy-nilly, and ended up with these odd-shaped bags that took up way too much room.
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That's all there is to it. These peaches will be good for up to a year -- and they taste as fresh as the day you were preparing them for the freezer.
When I defrost them for a cobbler, I put a bag in my refrigerator about 4 hours or so before I plan to start baking. However, if you're short on time, you can put the bags into a pot of hot water (from the tap) -- they'll be defrosted in a very short time.
Don't try to put them into a pie or cobbler while they're still half-frozen -- it will make your crust soggy. (This is the voice of experience...)
Enjoy your peaches!
Want my peach cobbler recipe? Click below.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 27, 2015:
Glad to know this. I adore fresh peaches, buy them, and just that fast the go bad before I can eat them. You have solved the problem; I have not considered freezing them till now.
Thanks for the tips
Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps
Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 31, 2013:
Great tips! I´ll be trying that soon. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful;-)
victoria on February 19, 2013:
peaches are awesome
MARY C. on August 30, 2012:
I JUST PUT MY PEACHES IN THE FREEZER.PEACHER ARE A GOOD BUY RIGHT NOW....ENJOY
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on July 22, 2012:
No, don't use pectin with this recipe. Follow the directions and you'll be very happy with your peaches.
Shannon on July 22, 2012:
Can I use pectin on my peaches before I put them in the freezer?
an on October 22, 2011:
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on September 23, 2011:
Yes, you can use a Foodsaver.
I used to have one, but freezer bags (I get them at Costco -- depending on the area of the country you live -- you can also get them at Sam's Club, inexpensively) are cheaper.
Thanks for taking the time to write to me.
mm on September 23, 2011:
can you use a Food Saver to freeze peaches?
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on September 07, 2011:
Yes, you can use fresh limes, or lemon juice from the bottle. The acids in either one will preserve the color of the fruit.
The only caveat about the limes: they will alter the taste of the peaches a little bit because limes have a different flavor (of course) than lemons. Will you like the taste of limes with peaches?
Try it out: squeeze fresh limes on a few peach slices then eat them. If you like the taste, then you're good to go. If you don't, then use the bottled lemon juice instead.
Hope this helps!
Becky on September 07, 2011:
Can I use the juice of a lime, instead of lemon? Or how about real lemon juice from the bottle? I have no lemons on hand.
GJCody from Pittsburgh on September 04, 2011:
Just the method I was looking for! Thanks for sharing!
KB on September 01, 2011:
I freeze my fruit one layer thick on a cookie tray before bagging so that they remain individual even frozen. Best!~K
Lisa, PA on September 01, 2011:
I can taste the peach french toast in the middle of winter already.
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on August 30, 2011:
You have to remove the skins. They become unpleasantly chewy and tough after freezing.
Grace on August 30, 2011:
Can you leave the skins on the peaches to freeze them or do you have to take it off?
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on August 29, 2011:
I like to defrost them for about an hour or so -- but not fully defrosted, so that the peaches are still a little crunchy (like the peaches in peach ice cream) -- then eat them out of a bowl.
Another method: put the peaches into a pot on the stove, add in about a half cup of sugar and a little cinnamon, then heat till they're piping hot. Serve them warm in bowls. Delicious!
Thanks for taking the time to write to me.
Alisa on August 29, 2011:
How are these peaches from the freezer as a stand alone dish? We have some great peaches right now that I would like to serve my kids in the middle of a cold winter!
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on August 28, 2011:
Peaches are fantastic on cereal!
Glad the instructions were helpful. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Onward on August 28, 2011:
Thanks for the easy instructions! I bought a half bushel of peaches yesterday and was looking for easy freezing instructions. Love peaches on my cereal & want to enjoy them all year long!
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on August 25, 2011:
Lucky you! A few years ago a friend's co-worker let us pick up the fallen apples from his orchard. We had bushels of perfect apples to put up in the freezer, and to make jelly out of.
Glad you'll be using this method -- you'll like it.
All the best,
The Mean Mom on August 25, 2011:
Thank you for these easy to follow instructions. We helped at an orchard today and were able to take all the "fallen" peaches we wanted as they can't use them once they hit the ground. I now have lots of them and will be using this method.
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on August 21, 2011:
Yes, it's always wonderful to enjoy peaches throughout the year.
Thanks for taking the time to write.
Bette on August 21, 2011:
Thanks so easy! The peaches have been so good this year here in TX. I will love having them through the winter!!!!
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on August 20, 2011:
I look forward to reading your thoughts as you go through the process of freezing your peaches.
I'm envious of your orchard!
Genevie on August 20, 2011:
We have started our own orchard and have many Peaches. Thank you for the easiest way to freeze peaches. I will be commenting as we go along.
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on August 09, 2011:
Peaches should be fully ripened before they're frozen.
My mom used to say: "What you put into the freezer is what you get out of it." She meant -- the fruit (or vegetables) need to be at their peak when they're preserved.
Since you just bought the peaches, let them sit on the counter for a few days. Check them occasionally -- when you're able to *just barely* make an indention in them with your fingertip, then you're ready to go. Eat one, just to make sure.
Feel free to write to me again if you have any other questions. Good luck with your peaches!
Alli on August 09, 2011:
I'm just wondering, do the peaches need to be perfectly ripened before I slice and freeze them? I just bought a whole bunch but they are still quite firm... just want to be sure I do it right. Thank you for the tips!
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on July 31, 2011:
Hello Bstillnbreathe (great name, by the way)
So glad you were able to get those peaches in the freezer. Thanks for taking the time to tell me your story!
bstillnbreathe on July 31, 2011:
Thanks so much for the instructions. I had several peaches that a friend had given to me a week ago that were on the verge of going bad. I was able to get them ready to freeze, using your instructions, while cooking my supper. The peaches were bagged, marked & in the freezer before my green beans & corn were done. This brought back so many memories from my childhood. Thanks so much for sharing!!!
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on July 03, 2011:
Hi Fat Bottom (love the name!)
I'm so glad this method is going to work for you. It makes putting up peaches so much faster. Best part? They come out of the freezer tasting like they that summer day you picked them.
Thanks for taking the time to write.
Fat Bottomed Girl Kitchen on July 03, 2011:
I am thrilled to have found this site! My little tree is in full production now, and I must pick peaches daily (like Anita, the yield gets a little overwhelming), plus I have limited fridge/freezer space. I've been making jam, butter, and chutney, which means I have to work fast and risk the "casualties" when I don't have the time after picking the fruit - the waste just breaks my heart! Thanks so much for sharing your freezing method...it will make a big difference.
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on February 16, 2011:
Lucky you! How wonderful to have fruit trees already on the property, and already producing.
Good luck with those peaches --
Anita on February 16, 2011:
Wow! thankyou for this info, having just moved onto property with a small orchard, 3 peach trees, beautiful fruit just falling off and too many to give away, this will be very very useful, tho I may need another freezer lol
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on January 21, 2011:
So sorry for the delay in responding to you -- I've been out of the country (in Asia) and unable to check my hubpages.
Peaches should be frozen when they're at their peak of flavor and ripeness. You want to capture that flavor, because the freezing process won't add flavor or improve the texture.
Tim on January 05, 2011:
Do you carry out the freezing process when the actual peaches are fully ripe i.e. soft? Or freeze them when they are still reasonably firm?
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on September 26, 2010:
I always use lemons, rather than fruit fresh. So, yes, it's an either-or decision. Don't buy anything else - use your lemons!
All the best,
samantha on September 26, 2010:
Do i have to use fruit fresh as well or just lemon juice and sugar? most of the other receipes i found called for that fruit fresh stuff but i already have lemons. Didn't want to have to buy anything else to freeze them
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on September 23, 2010:
Yay! You're going to love the smoothies these make.
Thanks for taking the time to write -- it means a lot to me.
tara on September 23, 2010:
this was awesome! I have never canned anything or made jam or anything like that, but I decided to try freezing some peaches. in my short search, your instructions were the easiest to follow and your tips are very helpful. so thank you for sharing this, I can't wait to make some smoothies with them!
Char on September 06, 2010:
Try freezing them first on a cookie sheet, then put into freezer bags. This way you can enjoy one at a time straight from the freezer. They are so yummy to eat frozen.
Darlene on September 06, 2010:
I am new at this and wow.. someone gave me these yummmmy peachs.. i have two boxes to freeze.. The skins are ready to come off.. so wish me luck
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on September 03, 2010:
You'll definitely want to wait until they're ripe. If you freeze them unripe... they'll defrost unripe, of course, and you won't have good peaches for eating and cooking.
Thanks for writing, and good luck!
Sheila on September 02, 2010:
I'm new to this whole peach thing. I picked all of the peaches off of my tree this evening in hopes of freezing them over the long weekend, but they are still hard. Can I still freeze them or do I need to wait for them to soften up?
Naomi on September 01, 2010:
This was the most Awesome page, I ever...
note: I used only 2.5 cups of sugar to my 11cups of peaches - due to my diabetic status!
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on August 29, 2010:
Thanks for your comments. You've made my day.
Tracey Pera on August 29, 2010:
Thank you for your help and advice, It is just as I remembered with my mom 30 years ago. Thanks so much.
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on August 27, 2010:
On average, one lemon equals 1/4 cup of bottled lemon juice.
I prefer the taste of fresh lemon when I'm freezing fruit... but if you already have bottled on hand, then go ahead and use it.
Thanks for writing -- and good luck with your peaches!
Heather Dawn on August 27, 2010: