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Freezing Peaches {How to Freeze Peaches}

Learn all the tips and tricks for Freezing Peaches to stock your freezer with the star of summer fruit. Freezing fresh peaches is so easy and can be done without sugar, which makes them great to use for cobblers, smoothies, or snacks.

frozen peach slices on a baking tray

Dear Summer, thank you for all the amazing produce! You’re wonderful. 

But the best of the best summer produce is the peach. Juicy, delicious, and tasting of sunshine, the peach deserves all the glory and accolades.

From Canning Peaches to Peach Freezer Jam, to Homemade Peach Ice Cream and Peach Moscow Mules, peaches are best when they’re allowed to be the star of the show. Unfussy, and appreciated.

And the easiest way to preserve this summer fruit is through freezing. Freezing fresh peaches couldn’t be more straightforward.

Just like freezing strawberries, freezing cherries, freezing blackberries, and freezing peas putting up peaches in the freezer are like your delicious insurance policy for wonderful winter cooking.

Frozen fruit and veg are some of the most important building blocks in my Freezer Essentials for a reason. They give you options for fast meals without a lot of prep.

Can You Freeze Fresh Peaches With the Skin On?

Yes! Frozen peaches with the skin still on are perfect in smoothies (related: Make and Freeze Smoothie Packets), yogurt (related: Easy Instant Pot Yogurt), muffins, and fruit crisps (related: add to Homemade Blackberry Crisp).

Leaving the skin on when freezing fresh peaches is the absolute easiest way to freeze them. There is no blanching required. You just slice and freeze!

And do you want to know the best part? I know you do! If you allow frozen peaches to thaw just a little bit, the skin will slide right off. YEP!

Can You Freeze Peaches Without Blanching?

You sure can! If you’re leaving the skin on your frozen peaches, there is no need to blanch ahead of time.

TOOLS FOR FREEZING Peaches

How Do You Keep Peaches From Turning Brown When Frozen?

If left untreated, fresh cut peaches will oxidize (brown) when thawed. To prevent that, you simply need to treat them with some form of citrus – lemon juice, citric acid (powdered), ground up vitamin C tablets (yep, seriously), or Fruit Fresh.

How to Freeze Peaches

*You’ll find a detailed and printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. It includes exact measurements, etc.

(if you’re leaving the skin on, go ahead and skip the steps before the photo of the peaches in the bowl)

Use a paring knife and cut the peach around the middle to separate. Remove the pit. If you’re dealing with cling peaches, check out this post on How to Cut a Peach in 15 Seconds to cut around the pit.

Add one layer of peaches at a time to a pot of boiling water for about 60 seconds. Once you can see the skin starting to come away from the flesh, it’s time to take them out.

Remove using a slotted spoon and place in an ice bath for 1 minute. Use the slotted spoon to remove the peaches from the ice bath. Grab one of the peaches and gently peel the skin back.

a bowl of skinless peaches

Fill a bowl with water and lemon juice. Slice the peach halves into quarters, and place them in the lemon water for a few seconds.

Scoop out and place in a strainer/colander to allow the peach slices to drain a bit.

Add a piece of parchment paper to a rimmed baking sheet. Place the peaches on the parchment, ensuring they’re not touching each other.

a tray of frozen peaches

Freeze for 4-6 hours (I always forget them overnight. Whatcha gonna do?).

Break apart any clumps that have formed on the baking sheet and transfer the peaches to freezer-proof storage. I really like these silicone freezer bags because they stand upright on their own, making them easy to fill. You can also label them easily with a dry erase marker.

a silicone bag with frozen peach slices

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • You can freeze peaches whole if you would prefer. Keep in mind you’ll need to remove the pit once they have thawed and prior to using.
  • You don’t need to dry the peaches before freezing them, but do allow them time to sit in the colander to drain excess water.

How Long Can You Keep Peaches in the Freezer?

Your frozen peaches will last for six months in a regular freezer or 12 months in a deep freeze.

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a silicone bag with frozen peach slices
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Freezing Peaches {How to Freeze Peaches}
Prep Time
20 mins
Freezing Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 20 mins
 

Learn all the tips and tricks for Freezing Peaches to stock your freezer with this amazing healthy fruit. Learning how to freeze peaches is a great way to preserve this delicious summertime crop.

Course: How To
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Freezing Fresh Peaches, Freezing Peaches, How to Freeze Peaches
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. ****If you're leaving the skin on, go ahead and skip to step 5.****

  2. Use a paring knife and cut the peach around the middle to separate. Remove the pit.

  3. Add one layer of peaches at a time to a pot of boiling water for about 60 seconds. Once you can see the skin starting to come away from the flesh, it’s time to take them out.

  4. Remove using a slotted spoon and place in an ice bath for 1 minute. Use the slotted spoon to remove the peaches from the ice bath. Grab one of the peaches and gently peel the skin back.

  5. Fill a bowl with 4 cups water and 3 tbsp lemon juice. Slice the peach halves into quarters, and place them in the lemon water for a few seconds.

  6. Scoop out and place in a strainer/colander to allow the peach slices to drain a bit.

  7. Add a piece of parchment paper to a rimmed baking sheet. Place the peaches on the parchment, ensuring they're not touching each other.

  8. Freeze for 4-6 hours (I always forget them overnight. Whatcha gonna do?).

  9. Break apart any clumps that have formed on the baking sheet and transfer the peaches to freezer-proof storage. I really like these silicone freezer bags because they stand upright on their own, making them easy to fill. You can also label them easily with a dry erase marker.

Recipe Notes

Frozen peaches will last for six months in a regular freezer or 12 months in a deep freeze.

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