How to Freeze Peaches (the easy way)

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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.


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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.

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

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.

Course How To
Cuisine American
Keyword freeze peaches
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 260 kcal
Author Kristin Marr

Ingredients

  • 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

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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93 Comments

  • 5 stars
    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.

  • 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).

  • 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!

  • 5 stars
    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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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…)?

    • 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 ;).

      • Hi Kristin,
        I didn’t have lemon juice so I substituted apple cider vinegar. I think it will be fine. Also, any less-than-perfect peaches that were still good but not for slicing went into the blender. I pureed them up and poured them into ice cube trays. Once frozen, they can be put into a container of your choice, kept in the freezer and used for smoothies. Thanks so much for your great instructions! I really wasn’t into canning these lovely peaches.

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

    • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 5 stars
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • oh this looks like a great simple way to freeze peaches… My trees are going bonkers and one is absolutely laden… question? can you use lime juice if you do not have lemon?
    thank you for great freezing recipe.

  • Kristin, I wash peaches without peeling them and let them drain on a towel. Pop them whole into open top gallon bags, the thin ones. Place them into gallon zip freezer bags. Twist the thin bag and secure with a wooden clothes pin and zip the outer bag. That way you can reuse the expensive freezer bag over and over. Or, cut peaches in half without peeling them. Remove the pit, and dip the cut half into a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 t. Fruit fresh and place in thin quart bag. Secure with clothes pin and place in gallon freezer bag zip and freeze. Or you can freeze them separately on a cookie sheet then place in bags. I put as many as I want to eat in a bow,I zap them on defrost on the one mark. They are still half frozen and are like eating peach ice cream. After peaches are frozen the peel comes right off with no hassle.

  • You can also use vitamin C tablets, crushed – 1 teaspoon for each pound of peach slices.

    Also, if you’re using plastic freezer bags, after filling the bags, zip them almost shut, put a straw in and suck out as much air as you can. Then finish zipping the bag shut.

  • I froze peaches using the method of boiling, taking the skins off and using lemon juice. I then froze them for 4 hours before putting them in ziploc baggies. How long will they last in the freezer?

  • The first time I bought peaches I just cut them up and froze them. Of course when I went to thaw them the turned an ugly brown. I ended up throwing about 6 gal. bags of peaches away. Don’t drink many smoothies so didn’t know what else to do with them. Freezing peaches your way will they turn at all brown after thawing. I just peaches yesterday.

  • I only eat them when they have been partially defrosted in the microwave. They don’t have a chance to get brown. I freeze them individually on a cookie sheet after dipping cut half in 1 teaspoon fruit fresh to 1/2 cup sugar, then freeze in large freezer bag and take out what I need. I don’t make pies or cobblers. But they’d make great smoothies. If I were to make pies or desserts, I’d make the pie or cobbler then freeze it. You can pop them in the oven frozen. .theyd also work for ice cream.

  • Could I go ahead and cook peaches with other ingredients for peach cobbler and freeze in freezer bags? There is some lemon juice in my recipe. Thanks!

  • Hi strange question, but can you freeze peaches that are not ripe yet? I am going out of town and I have bags and bags from picking that aren’t ripe yet.

  • 5 stars
    One additional tip, put parchment paper on cookie sheet before laying peaches to freeze. When frozen they slide right off into the freezer container.

    • Hey Jeanette,

      Here’s what Joyce said, “Here’s what Yes I have. I wash and pit them and drain them on a towel. Freeze on a cookie sheet and then dump into freezer bags. You don’t need any fruit fresh or sugar and they are just delicious. Mine are a year old and taste like fresh with no flavor loss.”

  • I forgot to add that I put them first in plastic press and seal bags then put them in gallon freezer bags.

  • I wash and drain peaches. Half and pit them and dip in a mix of 1 teaspoon fruit fresh to 1/2 C. Sugar. I have washed fuzz off and put them in freezer bags whole. To use them, I zap them on defrost in microwave for the shortest length of time because I always eat them soon out of the freezer half frozen. The skin peels right off.

  • 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this! We’ve had our first peach crop this year and have really enjoyed the freshness. Now we’re overloaded and just this morning I had a ‘I miss my mom so much moment-followed by a few tears, because she was always my “go-to” when she was alive. I remember how much she loved packing peaches away in the freezer but could not recall how she did it!! Thank you for this recipe. She, too did things efficiently and as natural as possible. Now Im looking forward to beginning a new family tradition with my daughter!

  • 5 stars
    Hey Kristin, Thank you so very much for all the time that you put in on your recipes. i only have one question. Does your recipe for frozen preaches work the same for nectarines?

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