Freezing fresh peaches is considered to be the best way to preserve them so they maintain their flavor. They can be stored this way for approximately six months, according to Projo.com. There are several ways to freeze peaches. One of the easiest ways is to use a cookie sheet. The cookie sheet allows you to prepare, then freeze the peaches so they are easier to handle.
Things You'll Need
- Stove top
- Slotted metal spoon
- Cookie sheet
- Freezer bags
Boil a pan of tap water on the stovetop. While the water is heating, wash any loose dirt and debris off the peaches with tap water. Cut out any bad, mushy or rotten spots you may find.
Place the peaches in the boiling water for 30 seconds. Use a slotted metal spoon to gently lower them into the water to avoid splashes. Remove the peaches from the boiling water with the spoon. Peel the skin from the peaches with your fingers.
Remove the pits from the peaches and slice them. Cut each peach starting at the top where the stem is, all the way around the middle. Grab each side and twist them in opposite directions to separate the halves.
Remove the peach pits with your fingers. If any are stuck, cut around them with the knife to loosen them. Slice the peaches and lay them out in a single layer on one or more cookie sheets.
Place the cookie sheet in the freezer until the peaches are frozen hard, about two hours. The peaches will be stuck to the sheet. Remove them with a spatula. Place the peach slices in freezer bags, leaving a half-inch of headroom at the top. Seal the bags and store them in the freezer.
Tips & Warnings
- It's easy to remove the pits from Freestone peaches because they come right out, according to Pick Your Own website. The pits in Clingstone peaches usually need to be cut out with a knife.
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