Freezing Peaches: Two Freezing Methods for Different Needs

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Jul 05

Freezing Peaches: Different Methods, Different Needs from FreshBitesDaily.com Follow Me on Pinterest Just about every summer we luck into a case or two of extremely ripe peaches that must be used immediately. While we could make and eat a couple of dozen pies on the spot, it always seems more reasonable to freeze the peaches for future pies, cakes, and smoothies. Canning would certainly be an option, but we never have quite enough to make it worth the heat, sweat, and (sometimes) frustration of canning. We freeze instead.

The steps are basic:

  1. Wash the peach
  2. Peel (2 methods)
  3. Slice
  4. Freeze (2 methods)

Preparing the Peach for Freezing

In preparing your peach, your question will be: “To peel or not to peel?” I always peel. We rarely have a peach with a decent-tasting peel that isn’t overly fuzzy. If you are using your peaches in pies, you will probably want to peel them. That said, not everyone peels their peaches and more power to them. There is a lot of nutrition in the peach peel.

Regardless, begin by washing your peaches. At least 95% of us will then peel them.

Peeling the Peach

There are two schools of thought on peeling a peach.

One school is that we just use a sharp pairing knife and peel it. This is what we do. If you are reasonably proficient with a pairing knife and if the peach is ripe, you will be able to peel the peach fairly easily.

The second school blanches and peels, as you would peel a tomato for canning. You simply boil water, submerge the peaches for about a minute, and then drain them and place them in cool water. The skin is loosed and becomes very easy to remove. For large batches in particular, this may be your best bet. If your kitchen is 110 degrees and you are about to die, you might get a cold drink and try the first approach instead.

In either case, you will find it easier to peel the peach starting from the end opposite the stem and working toward the stem.

Slice the peach in half to remove the pit.

Slice your peaches.

If the pit does not come free easily, you have a cling stone peach. Use your knife to remove “slices” from the whole peach as best you can. These are less convenient but tend to be extremely tasty.

Two Freezing Methods

Freezing Peaches: Different Methods, Different Needs from FreshBitesDaily.com Follow Me on Pinterest When it comes to freezing peaches, the method you choose will depend on your own circumstances. The “tray freezing” method is great for freezing loose peach slices which are easily accessible for fruit drinks (smoothies) and smaller baking projects. We use this method almost exclusively.

The “sugar water” method will preserve your peaches longer without freezer burn. It is an exceptional option for freezing pie-ready peaches. They are already slightly sweetened for the pie. You can also freeze them in pie-friendly quantities (e.g. 2 cups at a time).

Tray Freezing

Once you have your peaches sliced, simply lay the slices on a cookie sheet, side by side, and place the tray in the freezer. When the slices are frozen, loosen them with a spatula and place them in a freezer storage bag.

If your peaches are especially ripe, you will have a lot of juice. Set it aside rather than adding it to your tray. It is difficult to scrape off a tray and can be used in a drink or in baking.

Sugar Water Freezing Peaches

Freezing Peaches: Different Methods, Different Needs from FreshBitesDaily.com Follow Me on Pinterest Freezing in sugar water basically requires that you place your peaches in a freezer container and then cover them with sugar water. The sugar water protects the peaches from freezer burn.

In cleaning out our freezer in the summer of 2012, we found two bags of peaches a friend gave to us in 2010. She packed them up in 2007. Five years later, there is very little freezer burn noticeable in the bag. I have included the picture here as a reminder of how effective this method is.

If you plan to keep your peach stash for more than six months, this is probably the best method for you.

You will want to experiment with the amount of sugar you use in your sugar solution. A sugar syrup with equal parts water to sugar will preserve your peaches best, but they will be awfully sweet. We tend to use about 1/4 cup sugar to 1 cup water but you can also use plain water without sugar if your circumstances require it.

Plan for about 1 cup of water for 3 peaches.

As you pack your containers, leave a bit of head room on top. Your sugar water will expand and potentially bust the top off your container or split your freezer bags. Leave about an inch of breathing room in each case.

Freezing Peaches: Two Freezing Methods for Different Needs
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Sugar Water Freezing Peaches

We outline two freezing methods for peaches. This sugar water method will preserve them longest but does add sugar to them.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 people

Ingredients

  • 3 units peaches
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice peaches.

  2. Make sugar water solution, dissolving sugar in water.

  3. Place peach slices in a freezer container.

  4. Cover peaches in sugar water solution.

  5. Freeze.

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Karey Swan
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I’ve never peeled peaches, even when canning – for over 30 years. Now just plop whole peaches in bag and freeze. Can take out however you need, let partially defrost … If you don’t want skins, they slip off easy. We use them mostly fresh with homemade yogurt/dairy kefir, with sourdough pancakes, or homemade yogurt ice cream.

Jackie Patti
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I think freezing peaches whole would work. I do this with tomatoes and the skin does just slip off when it is slightly thawed.

The primary downside would be that whole peaches are obviously going to take more freezer space than sliced peaches.

Also, if you wanted the peaches frozen, like for a smoothie, while getting the skin off would be easy, extracting the pit would be a pain while the middle was still solid.