**I’ve just finished freezing 20 pounds of peaches, so I thought I’d bump this post up for those wondering how I do it!** Originally published August 11, 2010.
It’s that time of the year! Peach season! I have yet to can any peaches, but since my husband is such a smoothie lover, he prefers them frozen anyways. They make the smoothie colder he says. Nonetheless, I love freezing our local peaches because I find it much more economical than buying canned peaches or the frozen ones from the grocery store!
I thought I would write a step by step tutorial for those of you who would like to know how I freeze them. It’s a bit of a process, but the results are good!
First of all, you want to have all your supplies in order. Peaches, a saucepan of boiling water (don’t fill it too full!), a bowl of ice water (again, don’t fill it too full!), a slotted spoon, a small bowl of lemon water or Fresh Fruit ascorbic acid, a cutting board and finally, all your cookie sheets. The following process is called the blanching process and it makes it really easy to peel those peaches!
Step 1: Place a bunch of peaches in the boiling water for about 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in the ice water.
Step 2: Remove the peaches from the ice water and place on your cutting board. I like to cut around the entire peach right about now from one end to the other end so it’s cut all the way through.
Step 3: Now you’re ready to get peeling. The skin should practically fall off after the boiling water and ice water treatment you’ve given them. Grab the peaches on the seam where you’ve cut and pry them apart. I like to cut each half into quarters at this point.
Step 4: Place the peach slices in the lemon water or Fresh Fruit mixture then transfer them to your cookie sheets . Place them in a single layer. The cookie sheets can be lined with parchment paper but I don’t bother. Also, putting the peaches in a single layer on the cookie sheets rather then straight into a freezer bag, eliminates the big clump of peaches that will be impossible to separate later!
Step 5: After the peaches are frozen, transfer them into freezer bags. Enjoy all winter long!
Don’t forget to enjoy a couple of bowlfuls of the fresh peaches to reward yourself for all your hard work! Mmmm!