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Did You Know You Can Freeze A Whole Peach?

September 1, 2014 by

frozen-peachesIt’s true!

I read about it on one of my favorite blogs, Heavenly Homemakers. You can read Laura’s post here.

Shortly after reading her post, our family was blessed with a box of peaches that was turning quickly. We enjoyed them fresh, I experimented with several delicious recipes, and I knew I had to try freezing them whole. It is the easiest method I have found for freezing peaches.

bag-of-peaches

Here is how I did it:

1. I washed each whole peach.

2. I let them air dry on the counter for a few hours.

3. When they were dry, I put them into a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and into the freezer.

A week or two later, I decided it was time for peaches so I let them defrost on the kitchen counter for about 4 hours.

The peels slipped off easily. I cut them and placed them into a large, glass bowl.

They were still nice and icy which I’m sure would have been a cool, refreshing treat right then. I was busy with company, however, so mine went in the refrigerator.

After dinner, I drained the juice from the bowl into a glass jar which I later used in a smoothie.

To the drained peaches, I added a little cream, cinnamon, and a pinch of sugar. Delicious!

peaches-and-cream

No blanching! No peeling! Perfect!

If you have a bounty of summer peaches, considering freezing some to enjoy later in the season.

Need a few suggestions on how you might enjoy the last of the summer peaches? Try these recipes:

Simple Fruit Cobblerfruit-cobbler

 

 

Peach Flavored Simple Syruppeach-simple-syrup

 

 

Buttery, Caramel-ly Peach Pancake Saucepeach-pancake-syrup

 

 

Fresh Peach Sauce fresh-peach-sauce

 

 

What do you think? What is your favorite way to preserve peaches?

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27 Responses to Did You Know You Can Freeze A Whole Peach?

  1. bonniesteinborn

    Well — that sound like a great idea = but I seldom, if ever, have enough peaches to even make a pie == let alone freeze — They just are too costly here —
    Thrilled you have such special friends — ENJOY them NOW and this winter, too ‘PTL!

    • Heather

      Our box is long gone. No peaches for the winter for us – this is for the benefit of my readers. Yes, I do have special friends. God is good!

  2. Linda Thomson

    I wish I had now this about a month ago! I had so peaches from my tree. This was the first year it bore fruit so we were new a freezing them. We did the whole traditional thing – blanching, peeling, cutting etc. What a mess!

  3. Jo May

    this sounds so much easier than what I just did, we have small peach tree that had some small peaches this year, I didn’t want to let them spoil so I fixed several recipes then blanched in hot water bath, then peeled, then cut up, then done a lemon salt preservation, then froze, geesh. Thanks for sharing, I have “pinned”. saw at Miz Helen’s. am trying to follow thru g+.

    • Heather

      I have done all of that in the past and it is so much work! That’s why I was happy to share this method. I’m sorry I didn’t post it in time for you this year, but you can look forward to a much easier time next summer. Thanks for the pin.

  4. S.L. Payne

    Great idea! My boys love peaches and they are so expensive during the off-season so freezing them like this would be ideal! The would love to eat them still half frozen and icy- that sound delicious and such a healthy treat! Thanks so much for linking up!
    -S.L. Payne, uncommongrace.net

  5. Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle

    Oh Heather…what a wonderful and helpful post. I have canned a lot of peaches over the years, and this would have saved me a lot of time. Blanching and peeling takes up so much time. This is a true blessing…thank you so much for sharing at Party In Your PJs,

  6. momsteachingolives

    I got two cases of peaches recently and really NEEDED this advice! Blancing and peeling with a wee little one in the house was not an easy task. Glad to know about this for next year – peaches on the western slope are just about over 🙁

    • Heather

      So sorry I didn’t get this to you in time. Next year will be much better for you! Actually, blanching and peeling without a wee little one isn’t an easy task.

  7. Miz Helen

    What a great idea, I will sure use this for my peaches next year. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a fantastic weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  8. Jane

    Always thought it was possible so thanks for the directions. My peach tree is now full and we didn’t fancy bottling or blanching.
    We also straight freeze our course chopped tomatoes.

    • Heather

      I’m so glad you found this to be helpful, Jane! There’s only so much time in the day, right? We need all the time-saving trick we can find. Enjoy those peaches.

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