How to Freeze Peaches
Peaches are actually really straightforward to freeze, and the whole process requires minimum input from you. You don’t even need to peel them for best results, which saves a lot of time, as the skin of a peach can be quite tricky to remove.
Here’s a step by step guide to peeling peaches:
As is the case with any fruit, make sure you thoroughly rinse your peaches under a cold tap before preparing them for the freezer.
- Cut Into Slices
Although you can freeze peaches whole, it’s much better to slice them before freezing. You should run a small, sharp knife all the way around the peach, pull both halves, and remove the pit. Thereafter, you should find it easy to slice through. It’s up to you how thin or thick you cut the slices.
To stop your peaches from turning brown, you need to soak them in a simple lemon juice bath for 5-10 minutes. Add two tablespoons of lemon juice to four cups of water for the ideal solution.
After your peach slices have taken a lemon bath, drain them using a colander. You should then place them on a baking sheet, evenly spaced out. You’re then ready to transfer them into the freezer.
- Freeze on Baking Sheet
Place the peaches on the baking sheet in the freezer. You will need to freeze them like this for about four hours, or you can even leave them overnight.
- Transfer to a Freezer Bag
As soon as your peaches are frozen, they’re ready to be transferred to a freezer bag. Be sure to label and date the bag before returning to the freezer. It’s a good idea to put both a prepared and use-by date on the bag.
4 Tips for Freezing Peaches
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 4 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing peaches to have the best results:
- Act Fast – Due to the soft texture of peaches, make sure you don’t leave them exposed to the air for too long before you freeze them. If you leave them out on the counter, they will begin to turn brown and go bad before putting them in the freezer. This is the reason why the five-minute lemon bath is so important before you freeze the peaches.
- Don’t Defrost – Frozen peaches actually make for a perfect addition to many recipes, and they don’t necessarily need to be defrosted to be enjoyed. If you’re using your peaches in smoothies, muffins, or baked pies, you can take them out of the freezer and use them as they are.
- Use Freestone Peaches – There are several varieties of peaches, but the two main types are freestone and clingstone. This essentially refers to how much the flesh of the peach clings to the pit. If you plan to freeze your peaches, it’s much easier to buy freestone peaches, as you won’t have to struggle to remove the flesh from the stone.
- Freeze Whole – You can actually freeze peaches whole, if you’re planning on enjoying them as they are when defrosted. Although it’s better to prepare and cut them in advance, if you want to save yourself the hassle, they will freeze perfectly fine as they are.
How Long Can You Freeze Peaches?
You can freeze peaches for up to twelve months. However, because of their soft texture, you need to remove as much air from the packaging as possible, to ensure they don’t go brown.
When you have transferred the peaches into a sealed, freezer-safe bag, you can even attempt to remove some of the excess air with a straw, to ensure they are well preserved when frozen.
You Can Freeze Peaches for up to 12 Months
How Do You Defrost Peaches?
Peaches are really easy to defrost once frozen. Remove them from the freezer and place them in the refrigerator overnight. Don’t remove them from the freezer bag, as you don’t want air to get to them.
When they’re soft, they’re ready to eat.
However, as we’ve already mentioned, frozen peaches work really well for various recipes, which means you don’t have to worry about defrosting them before you wish to enjoy them.
Remove them from the freezer, and they’re ready to go into your morning smoothie or yummy baked cake.
Can You Refreeze Peaches?
Because of their soft texture, it’s best not to refreeze peaches once they’ve been defrosted. They won’t do you any harm, but they will become extremely soft and even mushy and won’t retain any of their texture.
For best results, use after defrosted.
Do Peaches Freeze Well?
Peaches freeze extremely well and are the ideal fruit to enjoy, either frozen or defrosted. Just make sure you bathe them in lemon juice before placing them in the freezer, as you don’t want them to turn brown.
This is a crucial step, so don’t be tempted to miss it out to save yourself some time.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing peaches or peaches in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Peaches with the Skin on?
There’s no need to remove the skin to freeze peaches. They will freeze well with or without the skin. The skin can actually act as a layer of protection when you store them in the freezer, so it can be worth keeping.
Can You Freeze Peaches for Smoothies?
The method above works well for freezing peaches for smoothies. The good news is that you won’t need to defrost them before blending. Provided that you have a good-quality, high-powered blender, then you can place the peaches into the blender directly from the freezer.