How to Freeze Peaches
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As freezer meal experts, we’re sharing our best methods for how to freeze peaches and use them in recipes later. We’re also answering your burning peach questions.
Why Freeze Peaches?
Some fruits and vegetables can be eaten all year long and taste just fine, even when shipped quite a ways to the store.
Peaches do not fall into this category. There are only a few months of the year peaches are in season. They are absolutely delicious in this short window. The good news is that you can buy them in bulk and stock the freezer with them!
I do this every year and hope you can use this hack as well.
Do I Need to Peel Peaches Before Freezing?
I almost never peel peaches before freezing them.
Since I primarily use frozen peaches in smoothies, overnight oats, or desserts like our Peach Crisp, peeling isn’t necessary. The peel provides a pop of color and some added nutrition.
BUT, some will make a case for peeling peaches before freezing. In fact, I made a video about how to easily peel peaches for freezing almost 10 years ago!
Video: Peeling Peaches for Freezing
Here’s a tried and true method on how to peel peaches if you want to go that route.
Video Notes: How to Peel Peaches
- 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 pulls it off in bigger pieces.
- Cut up the peach and place on parchment paper for freezing.
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Step-by-Step: How to Freeze Peaches (Without Peeling)
The freezing technique is simple and similar to how to freeze bananas or how to freeze green onions.
Slice Peaches and Remove Cores
Use a sharp knife and slice the peach into small pieces. This doesn’t have to be pretty. Remove the core and discard.
Place Peaches on Parchment Lined Baking Sheet
I like to use parchment paper to make clean-up easier. You can always use a silicone mat too.
Line the peaches up so they aren’t touching. This makes them easier to move into a freezer container in the next step.
Flash Freeze Peaches
Flash freeze means simply placing the baking sheet in a freezer and letting the peaches freeze until they are hard enough to move to a freezer container. This takes 1-2 hours.
We use flash freezing in many of our freezer meals, such as Baked Italian Meatballs, English Muffin Pizzas, or when freezing cookie dough.
Move Frozen Peaches to Freezer Container
Since air is the enemy of freezer meals, select a container that will allow minimal air exposure to the peaches. I prefer to use reusable freezer bags for frozen produce.
Here are common questions and our answers about how to freeze peaches.
How long will peaches last in the freezer?
If you can freeze them with minimal air exposure, peaches will last anywhere from 6-12 months in the freezer. They will be safe indefinitely, but they will begin to get freezer burn after an extended stay in the freezer.
Will the texture change?
Yes, the texture of peaches will change a bit after freezing and thawing. Because of their high moisture content, they will be a bit mushier than before they were frozen. The taste will not change though.
Which type of peach is better for freezing?
There are two main types of peaches—freestone and clingstone. This refers to how much the flesh of the peach “clings” to the pit. If you are stocking up on peaches for the freezer, you want to look for freestone peaches. This variety makes it MUCH easier to remove the pit.
If you have the option, use freestone peaches for stocking up the freezer. They are easier to process.
Can I freeze peaches without sugar?
Absolutely. If they are in season, they will be naturally sweet.
What freezer container do you recommend for frozen peaches?
I like to use reusable freezer bags for freezing produce. Here are the freezer containers we use and recommend.
Ways to Use Frozen Peaches
- Throw them in smoothies (no need to thaw). Adding fresh peaches to almost any smoothie will give it a boost of flavor and nutrition. Try our Very Berry Smoothie or Tropical Smoothie.
- Add them to oatmeal after thawing. We love them diced up in Peach Pie Overnight Oats. Or, stir the thawed peaches into your cooked oatmeal. They would also go great in baked oatmeal recipes!
- Make Homemade Freezer Jam.
- Use them in desserts like Peach Crisp or Peach Pie.
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How to Freeze Peaches
Do you have an abundance of fresh peaches? Try this simple method for freezing them so you can eat them all year long!
- freestone peaches (any amount)
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- Optional but not necessary: You can peel the peaches using the method in the article above.
- Cut peaches in half and remove the pits.
- Slice the peaches.
- Place the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure they don’t touch.
- Place the sheet pan in the freezer for 1-3 hours, until they are frozen solid.
- Once the peaches are frozen, transfer to a freezer safe bag or container. Store 6-12 months.
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- Use freestone peaches for easier processing.
- No need to peel peaches before freezing.
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