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Go ahead and buy those farm-fresh peaches you love! As many as you want. I’m going to show you how to freeze fresh peaches so you can have them all year long. Put them in smoothies, make fresh peach cobbler or pie! It’s so easy you’ll wish you’d been doing it sooner!
**I think it is important to note that I am talking about peaches that you might get from a farmers market, farm, or picked from your very own tree. Store-bought peaches may have an anti-ripening agent sprayed on them which slows down the ripening process.**
Why Should I Freeze My Peaches?
For one thing, they go bad wicked FAST!! If you don’t either gobble them up as soon as you buy them or do something with them…two days and they are DONZO!
So in the interest of saving money by not wasting good produce, we freeze.It is important that your peaches are not over or under-ripe when you plan to freeze them. Click To Tweet
Another reason to freeze these late summer beauties is in the dead of winter, you get a little taste of summer!
As one who loves summer, some fresh frozen peaches are something I certainly appreciate come February!
Which is Better Cling, or Freestone Peaches?
All types of peaches can be categorized into two groups, clingstone or freestone. Clingstone refers to peaches where the flesh is attached to the pit and freestone is just the opposite. A freestone peach’s flesh is NOT attached to the pit.
Freestone peaches are the best for cooking, baking, and freezing because peeling and slicing are super easy!
Freestone peaches are the absolute best for eating out of hand. They are insanely juicy (you may need a bib) and have the perfect ratio of sweet to tart flavor! Click To Tweet
Before You Freeze Fresh Peaches…
Eat as many as you want fresh! There is nothing quite like a perfectly ripe fresh peach!
But, have you ever tried them on fish tacos??!
Fresh peaches or fresh grilled pineapple are AMAZING on fish tacos!!
Speaking of which, here’s my Baja Style Fish Taco Recipe!
How to Freeze Fresh Peaches
There are just 3 simple steps to freezing fresh peaches, give or take a couple of options.
- You can peel the peaches if you want but it is not necessary. I like to leave the peel because it gives a beautiful color to whatever I use them in.
- Also, you can sprinkle some citric acid on your peaches before freezing. This step is also not necessary but it can be helpful as far as color if your peaches are a little too ripe. However, a peach that is not too ripe and not overripe is perfect for freezing and eliminates the need for any additives.
- Wash them well! Make sure you get all the fuzz off of your peaches and pat them dry.
- Slice the peaches.
- Put the peaches on a parchment or wax paper-lined sheet pan and put them in the freezer.
Aren’t they gorgeous? Can you see the slight frost on the skin?
When your peaches are fully frozen place them in a bag or container of your choice.
If you don’t freeze fresh peaches on a sheet pan before putting them in freezer bags or containers, you will have a hot mess of peaches.
They will all mush together and freeze in a giant clump. Blech!
Don’t waste your hard-earned money by not caring for them properly! 🙂
What is your favorite thing to do with fresh peaches?
Leigh Ann ♥