Peaches are the best in mid-summer when they are ripe, sweet but still a little tiny bit tart. Why not keep them all year round? You can then add them in smoothies or in recipes (think about peach cobblers!) or even just on its own.
Here are the steps to successfully freeze peaches.
1. Select the best fruit
You should always pick the peaches at their pick of maturity when shopping for them. The best ones are at the farmer markers as commercial grocery store peaches are often picked before they're ripe. The best kind for freezing are Clingstone available in mid-June and Freestone available from late July through September.
2. Select the best container
You will need containers that are durable, easy to seal and moisture resistant. Here are some good choices to pick from:
- Airtight plastic containers
- Canning jars
- Plastic freezer bag (Ziploc)
3. Prepare the peaches
You can't just throw a few peaches in a container and hope for the best. You will need to do a little bit of work so you can enjoy these delicious peaches later. You will need to blanch and peel the peaches before freezing them.
Once you washed the peaches, make a shallow X shape, with a sharpe knife, on the bottom part of the peaches.
You are now ready to blanch your fruits! Bring the largest pot you have to boil, and while you are waiting fill a large bowl with ice cubes. Once the water is boiling, submerge the peaches while being careful not to burn yourself! Let the peaches boil for 30 to 60 seconds, then with a slotted spoon transfer them to the bowl of ice.
4. Peel and cut the peaches
Let the peaches cool down and then peel the skin with a knife or your fingers. Cut the peaches in half and gently twist to open the fruit. Using the same knife, pry the pit out. You can freeze the halves or cut into slices. You shouldn't freeze them whole, for optimal texture and taste it is better to freeze them halves or in slices.
Optional: If you want to preserve the beautiful color of the peaches, use an ascorbic-acid color-keeper that you can find at the grocery store.
5. Pack the peaches
It is best to freeze the peaches with a liquid or sugar. Here are some options:
- Water Pack
- Sugar Pack
- Syrup Pack
For more details on the pack, visit the Better Homes & Garden instructions!
You can keep the frozen peaches for up to 10 months.
Source: Better Homes & Garden · Photo Credit: Adobe Stock