How to Freeze Peaches (the easy way)

How to freeze peaches the easy way. This easy method only takes minutes to freeze pounds of peaches. Learn how to freeze peaches and use them.

Last weekend our family visited a local farm for u-pick peaches! Since we drove over an hour, there was no way we were only going to just pick a couple buckets, so of course, we majorly overdid ourselves.  After a few hours in the heat, we came home with 45 pounds of peaches!

How to freeze peaches the easy way. This easy method only takes minutes to freeze pounds of peaches. Learn how to freeze peaches and use them.

What exactly does 45 pounds of peachy goodness look like?  Let’s just say my 6 foot-long dinning room table was completely buried for days with a blanket of orange fuzz.  My kids discovered a new use for peaches as throwing balls, so I quickly got busy using our peaches before casualties occurred.

How to freeze peaches the easy way. This easy method only takes minutes to freeze pounds of peaches. Learn how to freeze peaches and use them.

The easiest way to store peaches long-term is by freezing. There are many great ways you can preserve a bumper crop of peaches, but many are just too labor intensive for a mom like me, with 2 small kids. I have a limited amount of time, yet still want to provide my family with the very best nutritionally-dense food.

My main use for peaches is making smoothies. Smoothies are a fantastic way to get nutrients in my kids with ingredients they may normally pass up. Somehow when ingredients like greens, fruit, and other delicacies are placed in a blender they are more than happy to drink up and even ask for seconds.

How to freeze peaches the easy way. This easy method only takes minutes to freeze pounds of peaches. Learn how to freeze peaches and use them.

I also use peaches regularly to make homemade flavored yogurt. Since you aren’t going to find real peaches in your cup of Yoplait (I’m not sure if there is really much of anything real in that little container), I use my freezer stock of peaches to make my own tasty peach yogurt. I combine semi-defrosted peaches with a little raw honey or sucanat, pulse a few times in the food processor, and finally mix in homemade yogurt.

How to Freeze Peaches (the Easy, Busy Mom’s Way)
 
Ingredients
  • lemon juice (preferably from freshly squeezed lemons)
  • water
  • large bowl
  • cookie sheet
  • peaches (peaches need to be slightly soft to touch but not too mushy. Mushy peaches do not freeze well)
Instructions
  1. Rinse the peaches off under cool water, gently scrub off the dirt.
  2. If you don't want to keep the skins on the peaches bring a pot of water to a boil and gently place your peaches in the hot bath for about 40 seconds, then remove them with a slotted spoon into a bowl with ice water. The peach skins can then easily be peeled off when in the ice bath. I prefer to keep the skins so I skip this step.
  3. Cut the peaches. You can either slice the peaches in half, quarter them, or cut them in slices. I prefer smaller chunks of peaches, but this is completely up to you. I toss my peaches in a large bowl while cutting.
  4. Toss your cut peaches in a lemon/water bath. This will prevent the peaches from developing that yucky brown appearance. Use a 1:4 ratio of lemon juice to water.
  5. Place your freshly bathed peaches on a cookie sheet. Be sure they each have their own spot on the sheet to prevent peaches from sticking together. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer. I found it generally takes an hour or two for them to fully freeze.
  6. Once frozen on the cookie sheet, use a spatula to separate the peaches from the sheet. Place the peaches in your freezer-friendly container of choice and enjoy all year long!

How to freeze peaches the easy way. This easy method only takes minutes to freeze pounds of peaches. Learn how to freeze peaches and use them.



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30 Comments

  • Michelle K says:

    Thank you! Just what I needed to know! Does this method work for most fruit?

    • kmarr says:

      Things like strawberries and blueberries don’t need to take a lemon/water bath. The peaches are a bit different because they tend to brown when cut, so the lemon water reduces the oxidation and keeps them looking nice and orange in the freezer.

  • Krisha says:

    Wonderful!! I’m hoping to go this Saturday! Thx for posting this!!

  • Michael says:

    Thanks for this info.
    I used this process last year and loved the results. I needed a refresher on the lemon water ratio but kept finding recipes for cooking the peaches instead.

  • Jason says:

    Thanks for the very easy freezing directions! I just wanted to give kudos to the photographer for the great shots of the fruit in the various freezing stages in the post. Great pics! (a hobby of mine).

  • Ang says:

    Do you just keep reusing the water until you’re out of peaches??

  • Cathy says:

    We have four peach trees, and depending upon the year, we have one to four of them producing fruit each year. This year, we had one tree just LADEN with delicious peaches! However, I knew that I needed to pick them quickly before too many birds/squirrels took all our crop! I was looking for a very easy way to freeze peaches for future smoothies. I happened upon your recipe, and INDEED it was very easy to follow! Now, eight gallons later, we are Peach-Freezer Happy! Thank you so much!

  • Lisa Rose Martin says:

    Awesome! I was looking for a method that was easy, didn’t remove the peel, and didn’t end up making the peaches stick together. Everything I was looking for in one place!

  • Jolynn Reardon says:

    I was so happy to find an easy way to freeze peaches. My neighbor just gave me a box of peaches and I didn’t want them to go to waste.

  • Tessa Chornuk says:

    This looks so easy, and I plan on using your method tomorrow. One question, is the lemon water bath just a dunk or do you leave them in for a certain amount of time? Thank you

  • DANA says:

    Perfect timing, I have quite a few peaches that need to be frozen and I couldn’t find a simple way to do it. Thank you.

  • KhiSha'nee Perera says:

    A friend was just shared some of the most delicous ,juiciest peaches I’ve ever had.After eating all but 5.I decided to do a search on freezing peaches & found your recipie & thought ,hum! Should I try this with just 5 or just eat them.
    Well I decided on trying it & wow,sooo easy. Just wish I had more to freeze.May have to run out & buy some tomorow.
    But after trying this I won’t hesitate to do it again & also try with other produce.
    So glad I found your site.Thank you

  • Ratpauier says:

    Thank you for this simple t technique. I was born and raised in the capital of Lesotho, where the most common preservation methods are canning and sun-drying. I have , for years , given away (sometimes even to strangers) tons of peaches just because I didn’t have time to preserve them. I’m a single, part-time post grad student who also trying to earn a living. Just thought I’d let you know how much websites like Livesimply are appreciated. I’ll be enjoying peaches all year long….thanks to you.

  • Doug Williams says:

    Can I leave the pits in? Do I have to use the lemon watet? Do I have to put them on a cookie sheet or just throw them in a freezer bag to freeze?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Doug, My only experience when it comes to freezing peaches is with the way suggested in the post. If you find a different way that works, I’d love to hear about it!

  • Roz says:

    Can these frozen peaches by used in pies or crisps?

  • Susan says:

    I dont can so this is very helpful.

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