Freezing peaches is a great way to keep fresh, delicious peaches easy to use any time of the year. By following these easy steps, you’ll be able to store this delicious fruit for any occasion.
The first step is choosing the right peaches. Make sure you select, sweet, ripe peaches that are cling free or “freestone”, meaning they fall off the pit easily. You can pick your own peaches, or pick some up at the local grocery store or farmers market.
After you’ve chosen your peaches, you’ll need to make your solution. You can either use fruit juice, or make your own sugar solution by mixing sugar (or Splenda) and water. This solution will prevent the peaches from drying, freezer burn, or oxidation (browning).
– If you use fruit juice (apple, peach, or white grape), use 4 cups for approximately 5 peaches.
– If you’re making your own solution, use 6 cups of water and 2-4 cups of sugar or 2 cups of Splenda for approximately 5 peaches. Begin by heating the water, then slowly add the sugar and stir constantly until the sugar has
dissolved. Let cool.
Wash and peel your peaches. Cut them either into halves, quarters, or slices and
remove the pits. Then sprinkle ¼ cup of lemon juice or Fruit-Fresh onto the peaches
to keep them from browning. Stir and be sure all surfaces are covered.
Combine the peaches and the sugar solution or fruit juice in a large bowl and stir,
then pour into freezer bags (Ziplocks or Vacuum food sealer bags), making sure the
peaches are all covered by the solution.
– If you choose to use Ziplocks, make sure you choose the “freezer” bags.
Squeeze out the air bubbles, seal the bags, and place on the coldest shelf of
– If you choose to use a vacuum food sealer, stand the bags upright in the freezer and allow to freeze overnight. Vacuum seal the bags the next day and put them back in the freezer. (You may want to add more juice or sugar
solution before the bags are vacuum-sealed if the peaches become exposed overnight).
Your peaches are now properly stored in your freezer and are ready to be used whenever you need them! Enjoy!
This article was written exclusively for Pick-A-Pepper by Pearson Farm, a fifth-generation family-ownedbusiness dedicated to growing Georgia Peaches and Georgia Pecans. You can also see Pearson Farm’s listingon Pick-A-Pepper.com.
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