How to freeze peaches- a step by step tutorial with photos to show you the simplest way to freeze peaches so you can enjoy them year round!
How to freeze fresh peaches
I look forward to peach season all year round…and then it seems to pass in a flash!
When I was a child, my parents would buy cases of peaches every summer and can them. It was a whole day event that involved multiple families, but by the end of the day, we had a year’s worth of canned peaches to enjoy.
These days, with two little kids, I have no desire to spend an entire day canning. So today, I’m sharing a super simple method to freeze peach slices!
Having a stash of frozen peach slices makes it easy to throw them into your baking, your smoothies, or enjoy straight from the freezer.
How to use frozen peaches
- in a Peach Smoothie
- in Peach Crisp
- in Peach Baked Oatmeal
- in Peach Bellinis
- or just straight from the freezer
How to freeze peaches
Step one- wash the peaches.
Step two- cut into slices, (no peeling required).
The easiest way to cut a peach is to run a small paring knife all the way around the peach, pull the two halves, then remove the pit. After this, it’s easy to slice. Here’s a video with a great visual! This part can be a challenge, depending on the ripeness of your peaches. It’s OK if they don’t end up looking perfect, since they’re going to be going into things like smoothies and baked goods.
Step three- soak the peach slices in a lemon juice bath for 5 minutes. 4 cups water + 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
Step three- drain. Either dump the peaches into a colander or let them sit on a baking sheet propped up on one end.
Step four- arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Step five- freeze for 4 hours- overnight.
Step six- transfer to a freezer bag, labelled with the contents & date. Always label! You would be surprised how hard it can be to see what’s in the bags once frozen. To remove extra air from the bag, you can use a straw to suck it out.
Step seven- freeze for up to 1 year!
Frozen Peaches 101
How long are frozen peaches good for? If you are careful about draining off as much water as you can, and remove as much air as possible from the freezer bag, your peaches will be good in the freezer for up to 1 year!
Do you need to thaw frozen peaches before using them? For most recipes that frozen peaches can be used in, you do not need to thaw them; smoothies, muffins, pies, crisps, the frozen peaches can go right in frozen.
Will frozen peaches turn brown? So long as you soak your peach slices in the lemon juice/water mixture, your peaches will not turn brown.
Equipment used for freezing peaches:
- I highly recommend these baker’s half sheets
- pictured in this post are these reusable silicone freezer bags, however you could also use a heavy duty freezer bag like these
- a sharpie for labelling bags
How to Freeze Peaches
- 10 peaches
- Wash the peaches.
- Cut into slices, (no peeling required).The easiest way to cut a peach is to run a small paring knife all the way around the peach, pull the two halves, then remove the pit. After this, it’s easy to slice.
- Soak the peach slices in a lemon juice bath for 5 minutes. 4 cups water + 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
- Drain. Either dump the peaches into a colander or scoop them out with a slotted spoon. Let them sit on a baking sheet propped up on one end to drain more throroughly.
- Arrange on a large baking sheet. I love these baker's half sheets.
- Freeze for 4 hours- overnight.
- Transfer to a freezer bag, labelled with the contents & date. Pictured in this post are these reusable silicone freezer bags.
- Freeze for up to 1 year!