Ever gotten too many peaches and had them go bad before you could use them all? Or maybe you're just a smoothie fiend who's looking for the best way to freeze fresh peaches to toss into the blender. These three ways to freeze peaches are sure to cover all your peachy needs, and the best part is that they take almost no effort. Let's get to it!
First you'll need to decide whether or not you want to peel your peaches. Peaches freeze just as easily with and without skins, so follow your heart on this one. If you need tips on peeling peaches easily and effectively, hop on over to our article on 3 Simple Ways To Peel Peaches.
You'll also need to pit and cut your peaches as desired. For smoothies, cut into small chunks, for other uses, cutting into slices or halves may be best. You may even want to puree them, depending on how you're using them later.
Not sure how to pit a peach? Check out How To Pit Peaches The Easy Way.
This method is the quickest and easiest. All you need to do is juice a lemon or two and toss the peaches in it to help keep them from browning. You can also dilute the lemon juice in water if you don't want to taste the lemon when you use the peaches later. A 4:1 ratio of water to lemon juice is sufficient.
To prevent peaches from sticking together as they freeze, line them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for several hours. They can then be transferred to a freezer bag or other freezer-safe storage.
Tossing peaches in sugar draws out juices and creates a light syrup that the peaches can be frozen in. This is perfect when freezing peaches to thaw and use later in pie fillings or other desserts where added sugar and juiciness is desired.
Peaches can also be frozen in water or syrup for an easy alternative to canning. Packing in liquid also helps peaches from browning over time in the freezer because it keeps them out of the air.
For a light syrup, dissolve 1 parts sugar into 2 parts hot water. Cool syrup before pouring over peaches.
Pour syrup or water over peaches in a freezer-safe storage container until peaches are fully covered. Freeze upright so that peaches remain covered as they freeze.