Can you freeze peaches? YES you can! ... And it's so easy too!
Freezing Peaches involves a quick and simple process, and is well worth the effort!
My favourite method used to freeze the peaches is the dry pack method (see instructions below), without sugar.
It's so easy, no blanching needed!
Peaches freeze very well, and having a supply in the freezer is a great idea for storing these delicious fruits all year long.
my opinion, freezing peaches is one of the more satisfactory ways of
preserving the original colour, flavour, and nutritive value of
this delicious fruit.
Your own frozen peaches will taste much better than any frozen peaches that you can purchase from a store!
If you do not have enough room to store frozen peaches in your freezer, you can can peaches instead.
The peaches below were frozen without sugar, using the dry pack method.
Scroll further down for instructions on how to freeze peaches using the dry pack method.
These peaches (below) were frozen with sugar using the syrup pack method (see below for instructions).
These are frozen peaches, thawed that our daughter-in-law shared with us, and they made a most delectable dessert! Thanks Jennie!
How long can you store Peaches in the freezer?
Frozen fruit can be stored in the freezer for as long as 12 - 18 months.
If Freezing Peaches, how "ripe" should Peaches be?
Since freezing peaches cannot improve their quality, it is important to select for freezing only that fruit which is at peak maturity. Peaches should be firm-ripe, not un-ripe, nor mushy.
Allow 2 to 3 pounds peaches for each 1 litre container.
Gently rinse peaches to remove the "fuzz" than covers the skin and any residual chemicals used by the grower.
Remove skin by peeling peaches or using the blanching method.
Halve and pit fruit, slice if desired.
Like many other fruits, when freezing peaches, they tend to darken when peeled or cut and exposed to the air.
To help prevent this place fruit in a colour protection solution as soon as it is peeled and cut. Then, when all the peaches are prepared, drain the peaches and proceed with the freezing process.
Use colour protector product such as "Fruit Fresh", or make your own by mixing 1/4 (50 ml.) cup bottled lemon juice with 4 cups (1000 ml.) water.
If you do not want the frozen peaches to freeze/stick together, you can use the following method, (ONLY for use with the dry pack - no sugar method), so that you can more easily remove a desired amount of frozen peaches from the freezer when you wish to use them.
Arrange prepared peaches, (including the process of protecting the colour of the peaches) on a parchment or wax paper-lined tray (see picture above).
When the peaches are semi-frozen, (after about 5 hours), pack them into freezer safe containers or bags.
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