How to Freeze Fresh Peaches

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Peaches are enjoyed as a tasty snack all around the world. There have been many different strains produced, causing each type of peach to have different attributes. In America, fresh peaches are a medium-sized fruit with an orange and yellow fuzzy skin. They are commonly used in a variety of recipes. Peach cobbler, peach pie and peach preserves are a few examples of where you can find this fruit being used. If you have a harvest of peaches and wish to save them for a later date, you can easily do so. Consider freezing them in your in home freezer. It doesn't take much effort or money to freeze fresh peaches.

Things You'll Need

  • Freezer safe containers
  • Fresh peaches
  • Cool water
  • Paring knife
  • Bottled lemon juice
  • Sticker labels
  • Permanent marker

Purchase bags or container specially designed for freezer use. Using anything else will result in freezer burn on your peaches.

Wash, peel, pit and slice the peaches as if you were going to eat them. Use cool water to rinse the fruit when you have finished.

Prevent the peaches from browning by dipping them in a solution of lemon juice. Food Safety.Wisc.edu suggests you mix 3 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice per quart of water. Dip each slice in the solution, then allow them to dry before packing.

Place the fresh peach slices into the freezer container. Pack each container tightly. Some containers offer vacuum-sealed freshness. It's fine to use this feature when freezing fresh peaches. Pack as many peaches as you desire.

Label the peaches and put that day's date on them. They will be fine to eat for up to one year from that day. Most freezer baggies have a place on the outside where you can use a permanent marker to write the food item and date. For other containers, you may need to place a sticker on the container, then write on the sticker.

Find a suitable location in your freezer to store the peaches. Try to lay them flat if you have stored them in freezer baggies. Once they have frozen, you can store them on their side if you wish.

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