If you haven’t ever bitten into a freshly picked peach, do yourself a favor and go to your local farmers market ASAP. Tis the season and they are SO delicious.
Every year I tell myself I am going to stock up on and freeze peaches for later use and every year I don’t get around to it. Well, today was the day. My mom and I packed up the kids and headed out to a peach farm. I came home with 20 lbs of peaches. Yes, seriously. 20 lbs.
Because I knew I’d be chopping up and freezing more than half of these peaches, I got 10 pounds of “seconds” that were close to half price. A box of seconds has those that aren’t perfect in one way or another. However, I find it very easy to just cut out any brown spots or imperfections as I’m preparing them for freezing so it’s worth it to me to get them for half price.
We obviously aren’t going to eat 20 pounds of peaches in the next few days so I needed to get them peeled, chopped, and frozen fast.
I found a technique that worked pretty well for me that I thought was worth sharing. In fact, I made a little video to show you how to freeze peaches if you tend to go overboard like me and buy in mass quantities.
How to Freeze Fresh Peaches
Step One: Cut an X into the bottom of the peach. This break in the peach’s skin will help in the removal process.
Step Two: Boil peach for 30-60 seconds.
Step Three: Remove from boiling water and immediately place peach into ice cold water. Let sit for about a minute.
Step Four: Using a paper towel, start at the X you cut earlier and begin peeling off the skin. The paper towel helps grip the skin a little better and pull it off in bigger pieces.
Step Five: Cut up the peach and place on parchment paper for freezing.
(As you can see from the picture above, I didn’t remove the peel on all of my peaches. I was running short on time so had to skip that step for round two of freezing.)
Step Six: After peaches are thoroughly frozen, move them to freezer bag or container.
Enjoy for up to 8-10 months later!
And that’s how to freeze peaches! Now we can enjoy them all year long.
- Cut an X into the bottom of the peach. This break in the peach’s skin will help in the removal process.
- Boil peach for 30-60 seconds.
- Remove from boiling water and immediately place peach into ice cold water. Let sit for about a minute.
- Using a paper towel, start at the X you cut earlier and begin peeling off the skin. The paper towel helps grip the skin a little better and pull it off in bigger pieces
- Cut up peach and place on parchment paper for freezing.
Place the peaches in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer safe bag or container. Store 6-8 months.
Remove desired number of peaches from freezer for smoothies, baking, etc...