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 way

How to Freeze Peaches (the Easy, Busy Mom’s Way)

Calories 46 kcal


  • 1/2 cup lemon juice preferably from freshly squeezed lemons
  • 2 cup water
  • 4 peaches peaches need to be slightly soft to touch but not too mushy. Mushy peaches do not freeze well


  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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  • 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.

  • Tamara says:

    Thanks, can’t wait to try it with the hoards of peaches we just harvested from our tree. One question, how do you prevent freezer burn when storing for a while?

  • Christina says:

    Hello, I’d like to do this today because I have a ton of peaches that I don’t want to go to waste. It’s 95 degrees out and I don’t have a lemon or a car. I don’t want to go out to get a lemon! I have limes though… can I use lime juice instead (based on the fact that limes are citrus too…)?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Christina, I believe so. The lemon juice is added to keep the peaches from browning (the acid helps), so I think lime juice should do that same job. The peaches may taste a bit like a margarita ;).

  • Shirley Thompson says:

    I was glad to see how to freeze peaches and enjoy your site. Thank you!

  • Jean says:

    Thank you, Kristin! This is a lot easier than putting the peaches in boiling water to peel them first. Your shared advice is appreciated. God bless you and your beautiful family.

  • Lori says:

    So if I have 6 cups of water how much lemon juice to use?

  • HI Kristin! thank you so much for the article. I did have a question though. I make all natural babyfood and one of the fan favorites is one that has baked peaches in it. Our local farmers market is selling the peaches in bulk right now so I want to stock up. Do you know if the lemon flavor will affect the taste of the peaches enough that it would change the flavor of the babyfood? I just want to make sure I don’t buy a few bushels and then find out it changes the flavor of the babyfood. I know I would still love it, but the little tikes seem to be sensitive to the acid and such. Just wanting to double check. Thanks in advance for all of your advice 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Stephanie, Hmmm, that’s a great question! I don’t think the lemon juice, since it’s diluted in water, will change the flavor of the peaches. But, I could also be wrong. Sorry, I’m not really sure. Personally, I haven’t noticed a big taste difference.

  • Laurie says:

    Hi! I forgot to tell you that I am a senior – 69 yrs. old. I am having to freeze my peaches and then make Peach Jam as I need it. How long will the jam stay fresh in the fridge?

  • Laurie says:

    Hi! It doesn’t look like my first post from yesterday got on here for some reason!
    I was asking you for an easy recipe for peach jam with skins on.
    I want to make it today or tomorrow for sure.
    I can’t find a recipe that doesn’t use pectin – do you have a good recipe for me?
    I would really appreciate it! Thank you muchly!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Daria says:

    Don’t the peaches get soggy when you thaw them ? And what is the best thawing method ?

  • Gabriella says:

    Finally a peach-freezing method when I don’t have to blanch them. Thank you!

  • Melissa Jano says:

    Can’t wait to try this method!! Thanks so much.

  • Cathy says:

    Hi! If you freeze the peaches with the skins on, do you have to remove the skins after thawing, if you want to use the peaches for baking?

  • Polly says:

    I am going to try this! I just got some Red Haven peaches from our local farmer market. I made a peach pudding cake, and I’d like some during the winter. They are so good and juicy! Thank you! 😉 Polly

  • Alla says:

    Hi Kristin,

    Thank you for your post! I am about to freeze some peaches and have a quick question – when pulling them out of lemon water, do I need to dry them with a paper towel?

  • Polly says:

    Het Kristen, quick question when you put 1:4 ratio, is it cups of water or the equivalent to the lemon juice?

  • LINDA TAYLOR says:

    Is it better to use lemon juice or ascorbic acid for the juice, or does it matter? I plan to freeze peaches with the skins on.

  • Marian cracraft says:

    Can I prepare them as if to freeze but then put them in the refrigerator to take to a party in a few days?

  • Deb Kent says:

    Hi! We just want to say thank you for the great frozen peach recipe. We were at a loss as to how not to waste the crop of a ton from our “dwarf” tree, even after giving tons away and Mom making 2 batches of jam! Mom found your recipe and we did a sample batch a couple days ago and it turned out awesome. Today the whole box is going in the freezer as we speak. Looking forward to a Fall & Winter filled with “fresh” peach pies and cobblers! Thank you again.

  • Bob Davies says:

    If you want to skip one step in the post freezing process, line the baking sheet with parchment paper. When the peaches are frozen just pick up the paper and dump them into freezer bags. No spatula necessary.

  • Kristi says:

    I froze peaches this way last fall. Only difference is that I peeled them by blanching in boiling water. I have used them a few times now and have decided that the best way is to leave them frozen as much as possible for pie and cobbler. You will need more thickening agent than the recipe would use for fresh but otherwise no change! Hope this helps!

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