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How to Freeze Peaches

An Easy Way to Freeze Peaches at Home

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Frozen Peach Slices

Frozen Peach Slices

Photo © Molly Watson
Did you overbuy at the farmers market? Go to a peach u-pick? Plan to put some perfectly ripe summer peaches in the freezer to enjoy them later, when their sun-burst flavor will brighten a chilly autumn night or gray winter's night? I was once served barely de-frosted frozen peach slices over ice cream in an over-heated apartment in the dead of February's winter. It was all brightness and warmth and summer. It was an argument for freezing peaches.

Luckily, freezing peaches is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Prepare the peaches for freezing by peeling and slicing them. If you just have a few peaches, see How to Slice Peaches for an easy way to slice then peel the peaches; if you're working with 4 or more peaches, I suggest peeling then slicing as shown in How to Peel Whole Peaches.

2. Lay the peeled peach slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. If you want to minimize clean-up, go ahead and line the baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper first.

3. Set the baking sheet in a freezer until peaches are frozen through, at least four hours and up to overnight. Transfer the frozen peach slices to a resealable plastic bag, seal - pushing out as much air as possible; return the peaches to the freezer until you're ready to use them. Frozen peaches will keep up to 6 months in a refrigerator-freezer combo and up to 12 months in a stand-alone freezer.

Use frozen peaches in baked goods or smoothies to add tart sweetness once fabulous peach season is but a memory.

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