Freezing peaches is a wonderful way to enjoy them all year long! Learn how to freeze peaches the easy way!
3 years ago our peach trees really started producing enough peaches to "put up". Before that, we might get enough for one peach cobbler, or to eat fresh over a few days.
But as soon as we were getting hundred pounds of peaches all at once, it was time to start preserving those peaches for later!
How to Freeze Peaches
Though I am a big fan of canning, I do also like to freeze things from time to time!
Generally, I will can about 1/3 of the peaches, freeze another 1/3, and then enjoy 1/3 of them fresh!
Fortunately, freezing peaches is pretty darn simple!
First, harvest or buy all the peaches you would like to freeze and check them for ripeness.
If you have harvested your own peaches (versus store bought) you might need to wait on some of them, as they might be a little too green for peak deliciousness.
Gently squeeze the peach in your hand, it if gives well and doesn't feel rock hard, then it is likely ready to preserve. If parts of the peach are still green, let them sit on the counter for an extra day or two to continue ripening.
Take all the ripe peaches and wash them well.
Be careful with very ripe peaches that you don't tear the skin when washing them.
Dry the peaches well. This helps them from sticking together as much during the freezing process.
Now it's time for the fun part!
Slice all the peaches as desired for freezing. I like to slice them in large cobbler slices, but you can also dice them if you'd like.
Place the sliced peaches on a lined baking sheet. Feel free to pile them high! The natural sugars in the peaches keep them from freezing too hard and they break apart easily after freezing.
So, don't worry about freezing them in a single layer.
Once you've filled up a tray or sliced all the peaches, place your baking tray into the freeze. Keep the tray flat, if possible.
Freeze the peaches for 4-8 hours, or until completely frozen. Break them up and store the frozen peaches in gallon freezer bags until you're ready to use them!
How Long Do Frozen Peaches Last?
Some people would say that you'd need to use your frozen peaches within 3-6 months. However, we regularly use them up to a year after initially freezing them with excellent results!
Use your judgement when baking with or eating your frozen peaches and I would say eat them within a year!
Additional Ways to Preserve Peaches
If you are like me and run out of freezer space easily, there are additional ways you can preserve peaches!
I adore canned peaches in light syrup, and I have ever since I was a little girl. It wasn't until I was about 18 that I started home-canning my own peaches!
Two of my favorite recipes for canned peaches are Brandied Whole Peaches and Peach Pie Filling - both of which I share in my Quick Start Guide to Water Bath Canning.
Or check out how to can peaches in light syrup here!
Freeze Drying Peaches
Another fabulous way to preserve peaches is to freeze dry them!
Last year I finally bought my own freeze dryer and it has been the best thing ever! One of the very first things I tried were peaches, and they became an instant favorite.
All the tart sweetness of the peach, along with the crisp snap of freeze dried fruit.
Like I said, instant classic!
You can learn more about how easy it is to freeze dry food at home in this post on home freeze drying!
Delicious Peach Recipes
Now, once you have all your peaches preserved, how should you go about using them?
Here are a few of my favorite peach recipes for you to try!
Southern Peach Cobbler: A classic recipe for peach cobbler with pie crust. Perfect for any occasion. Serve with vanilla ice cream for the full experience!
Peach Iced Tea: Another Southern classic, peach tea is a staple in most households down here. Make your own with this simple recipe!
5 Minute Peach Crumble: When you want a delicious dessert in a hurry, this peach crumble really shines! Oven ready in just 5 minutes and on the table in less than 30!
Peach Smoothie: A refreshing drink on a hot day. This recipe is the perfect way to use frozen peaches!
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