How to Freeze Peaches

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze peaches, no blanching needed.  This method preserves the peaches up to a year, preventing them from turning brown.  

Do you have a peach tree?  Or maybe your neighbor has one?   Or maybe you went to the farmers market and peaches were on sale?  Or maybe you just love peaches so you want to make sure they’re always in your kitchen?

Either way, here’s the best way to freeze your peaches.  This is my tried and tested method, that prevents the peaches from turning brown and keeps them good for about a year.

Can you freeze peaches without blanching?

Yes, you can. The way to accomplish this is to slice your peaches up before freezing.  This way makes it extra easy to defrost your sliced peaches and use them immediately in baking and other recipes.

How to Freeze Peaches

  1. Look at your juicy, beautiful peaches for a seconds. Did you grow them? You’re amazing!  You’re also amazing if you bought them on sale because I love a good peach sale myself!

    I love buying a big basket of fresh peaches at the farmers market and then freezing them to enjoy in the Winter when they cost a fortune.  With my frozen peaches I love to make peach cake, peach jam, and chopping them up for our morning oatmeal!
  2. Cut the peaches into slices.  Remove the peach pit and compost.   You do not need to peel the peaches.
  3. Place a large freezer bag in a measuring cup or bowl.  By putting it in the bowl, it’s going to support the bag since eventually we’re going to add liquid to it.  Now add your peaches to the bag.

    I like to separate my frozen peaches into 2 and 3 cup servings.  This is usually the amount  my recipes call for, so it makes it easy for me to grab them out of the freezer and use.
  4. Now take apple juice and pour over the peaches to cover. 

    Make sure you’re using a natural unsweetened apple juice, the ingredients should just be apples, not the juice thats filled with extra sugar.
  5. Now add a little bit of lemon juice into the bag.  The lemon juice is going to prevent the apples from going brown.  Please don’t skip this step!
  6. Now seal the bag shut.  You really want to try to get all the air out of the bags.  For this, I like to use the straw trick where you suck the air out of the bag with the straw and then zip it.
  7. Make sure to label the bags so you can easily identify what’s in the bag and how much.

How to Defrost Peaches

Remove your peaches from the freezer.  These last for about a year, but I usually use them up in a few months.

Place the peaches in the refrigerator to defrost naturally overnight, or pop in the microwave to defrost in a couple minutes.

Now place the peaches in a strainer, so you can remove all the juice.  To show you how well they keep their color, these are peaches I froze a few months ago.

And now you have peaches to use in the recipe you’re making!

Frozen Peaches in Oatmeal

Besides using frozen peaches in your favorite baking recipes, I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to eat them up.  Oatmeal! We just absolutely love peaches in our oatmeal, especially during the Fall and Winter months. 

To do this just defrost peaches as usual and then chop them up.  Now add them into your hot oatmeal and give them a stir.  Delicious!

Need more Freezing Tips?

How to Freeze Green Beans
How to Freeze Zucchini
How to Freeze Bok Choy
How to Freeze Cake

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How to Freeze Peaches

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze peaches, no blanching needed.  This method preserves the peaches up to a year, preventing them from turning brown.  

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword how to freeze peaches
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • peaches

Instructions

  1. Look at your juicy, beautiful peaches for a seconds. Did you grow them? You’re amazing!  You’re also amazing if you bought them on sale because I love a good peach sale myself!

  2. Cut the peaches into slices.  Remove the peach pit and compost.   You do not need to peel the peaches.

  3. Place a large freezer bag in a measuring cup or bowl.  By putting it in the bowl, it’s going to support the bag since eventually we’re going to add liquid to it.  Now add your peaches to the bag.

  4. I like to separate my frozen peaches into 2 and 3 cup servings.  This is usually the amount  my recipes call for, so it makes it easy for me to grab them out of the freezer and use.

  5. Now take apple juice and pour over the peaches to cover. 

  6. Now add a little bit of lemon juice into the bag.  The lemon juice is going to prevent the apples from going brown.  Please don’t skip this step!

  7. Now seal the bag shut.  You really want to try to get all the air out of the bags.  For this, I like to use the straw trick where you suck the air out of the bag with the straw and then zip it.

  8. Make sure to label the bags so you can easily identify what’s in the bag and how much.

  9. How to defrost peaches: Remove your peaches from the freezer.  These last for about a year, but I usually use them up in a few months. Place the peaches in the refrigerator to defrost naturally overnight, or pop in the microwave to defrost in a couple minutes. Now place the peaches in a strainer, so you can remove all the juice. And now you have peaches to use in the recipe you’re making!

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