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How to Freeze Peaches

Freeze peaches to enjoy their summery, juicy goodness throughout the year. Now you can buy peaches at farmer's markets or when they're on-sale in the grocery store and freeze them to enjoy as a peach cobbler or other peach-filled treat any time.

How to freeze peaches.

It's quick and easy to prepare desserts and other peach recipes with frozen fresh peaches. With a little preparation peaches freeze really well and then can be tossed into recipes at a later date. Frozen peaches are also great plain -- set aside a batch to munch on when you have a sweet craving.

Need more convincing? Peaches are high in vitamins C, E, and K, plus offer fiber and potassium.

Check out our 60-second freezing peaches video to see the process!

How to Select Fresh Peaches

Look for peaches that are intensely fragrant and yield to light pressure at their stem ends.

  • Tree-ripened peaches, available locally at farmer's markets and orchard stands, will leave you with tastier results than commercial-variety peaches that are usually picked before they're ripe.
  • Clingstone peaches, so named because their flesh clings to their pits, come into season in mid-June. They tend to be juicier and sweeter than freestone peaches but are less convenient to slice.
  • Freestone peaches are in season from late July through September. They are much easier to pit than clingstone varieties.

How to Freeze Peaches

Step 1: Slit the skin on each peach

Use a sharp knife to make a shallow X on the bottom of each peach. This step allows for expansion when the peaches get blanched in Step 2.

Step 2: Blanch the peaches

  • Bring a large pot of water to boiling.
  • Fill a large bowl with ice water.
  • Working in batches, carefully lower 3 or 4 peaches into the boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds.

Step 3: Quickly cool peaches

Using a slotted spoon, transfer peaches from boiling water to the bowl of ice water.

Step 4: Peel peaches

When the peaches are cool enough to handle, use a knife or your fingers to peel the skin from each peach.

Step 5: Remove peach pits

  • Using a sharp knife, cut each peeled peach in half around the pit.
  • Gently twist each half to expose the pit.
  • Using the knife, pry the pit out of the peach.

See more detail on how to pit peaches.

Step 6: Slice peaches

If desired, cut each peach half into slices.

Step 7: Prepare peaches for freezing

There are three ways to freeze peaches:

Water Pack: Pack peaches into a pint- or quart-size freezer container or bag, leaving 1/2-inch headspace for pints and 1-inch headspace for quarts. Pour water over the peaches, maintaining the specified headspace.

Sugar Pack: Pack a small layer of peaches into a pint- or quart-size freezer container. Sprinkle lightly with sugar; repeat layering, leaving 1/2-inch headspace for pints and 1-inch headspace for quarts. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes or until juicy before freezing.

Syrup Pack: Prepare desired syrup (see below). Pack peaches into a pint- or quart-size freezer container or bag, leaving 1/2-inch headspace for pints and 1-inch headspace for quarts. Pour syrup over the peaches, maintaining the specified headspace.

To prepare syrup: Place the recommended amounts of sugar and water (see below) in a large saucepan. Heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and skim off foam, if necessary.

Tip: Allow1/2 to 2/3 cup syrup for each 2 cups peaches.

Very Light Syrup: Use 1 cup sugar and 4 cups water to yield about 4 cups syrup.
Light Syrup: Use 1-2/3 cups sugar and 4 cups water to yield about 4-1/4 cups syrup.
Medium Syrup: Use 2-2/3 cups sugar and 4 cups water to yield about 4-2/3 cups syrup.
Heavy Syrup: Use 4 cups sugar and 4 cups water to yield about 5-3/4 cups syrup.

Step 8: Freeze peaches

  • Wipe container rims (if using).
  • Seal containers or bags according to manufacturer's directions, pressing out as much air as possible.
  • If necessary, use freezer tape around lid for a tight seal.
  • Label each container or bag with its contents, amount, and date. Lay bags flat; add bags or containers to freezer in batches to make sure they freeze quickly. Leave space between containers or bags so air can circulate around them.
  • When frozen solid, the containers or bags can be placed closer together.
  • Use frozen peaches within 8 to 10 months.
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