How to Freeze Fresh Peaches
Plus, the best way to thaw them.
Got too many peaches? First of all, what an amazing problem to have. Here’s how to make the most of your farmers’ market haul:
How Long Do Peaches Last?
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It depends on how they’re stored. Peaches will last three or four days at room temperature and about a week in the fridge.
Frozen peaches, however, will be good for about eight months—so you can enjoy your favorite fruit all year long!
Related: Can You Eat Peach Skin?
When Are Peaches In Season?
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Peach season starts in May and ends in September, but peaches are at their best at the peak of summer (July and August).
Can You Freeze Fresh Peaches?
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Absolutely. If you have a ton of peaches, it makes total sense to freeze the excess for later. You’ve got to do it the right way, though, as improperly frozen peaches will be mushy and grainy.
How to Freeze Peaches
Here’s what you need to do:
- Peel: Blanching peaches makes peeling a cinch. To blanch, just boil for a few minutes and then quickly transfer to an ice bath. After they’ve completely dried, the peel will slip right off.
- Slice: Cut the peeled peaches into ½- to 1-inch slices.
- Toss: Toss the peach slices with a bit of lemon juice—this acidity will help preserve color and flavor.
- First freeze: Arrange the slices in an even layer on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the freezer. The slices should be frozen in 3-4 hours.
- Second freeze: Once they are completely frozen, you can transfer the peaches to a plastic bag labeled with the date. Freeze for eight months.
How to Thaw Peaches
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The best way to thaw frozen peaches is in the fridge: Just transfer them from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before you plan to use them.
You can also submerge the bag of frozen peaches in cold water to thaw them completely in just a few hours.
Make sure to drain and dry the thawed peaches before using to get rid of the excess moisture.