How to Freeze Peaches

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Save the fresh flavors of summer by learning how to freeze peaches! We'll stock your freezer with fresh peaches to use in crisps, smoothies, and oatmeal.

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There are certain fruits that just aren’t worth purchasing out of season, and peaches are one of them. Off-season peaches are mealy and flavorless, which is a shame, because a perfectly ripe peach in season is one of the most delectable, sweet, and flavorful fruits on the planet. So what’s a peach-loving person to do? Freeze them while they’re in season!

Peaches freeze beautifully, and they retain their color and flavor well. Frozen peaches work wonderfully in smoothies, crisps and crumbles, oatmeal, and even jam! Let’s show you how to freeze fresh peaches.

Overhead of whole and halved fresh peaches on kitchen linen and a wooden cutting board.

How do I freeze fresh peaches without them turning brown?

Like apples and avocados, peaches tend to turn brown when they are exposed to air. To prevent this, it’s as easy as treating the peaches with either a lemon juice and water mixture or a produce protector like Fruit Fresh.

Overhead of fresh peach slices in a bowl filled with water and lemon juice to prevent browning.

Can I freeze peaches without sugar?

Yep—in fact, unsweetened is my preferred way to freeze peaches!

Do I need to peel peaches first? How do I do that?

You absolutely do not need to peel peaches before freezing—I almost never do! The peels just slip right off the peaches once they’ve defrosted, so I just freeze them with the skin on. But if you prefer to peel them before freezing, here’s how:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.
  2. Drop ripe peaches into the boiling water a few at a time, and let blanch for 1-2 minutes, or until the skins start to peel off.
  3. Using a slotted spoon or sieve, fish out the peaches and immediately plunge into the ice bath.
  4. Once the peaches have cooled, peel off the skins.

Overhead of fresh peach slices on a wooden cutting board with two whole peaches and a knife.

Can you freeze fresh peaches with the skin on?

You sure can! In fact, it’s my preferred way. The skin on frozen peaches is fine to eat—I like to keep it on for smoothies. And if you need to peel them, just run them under water for a few seconds, and the skin should slip right off.

Are there different kinds of peaches?

Sure are! There are two main types of peaches—freestone and clingstone. This refers to how much the flesh of the peach “clings” to the pit. When you’re eating them fresh, it doesn’t much matter what kind you get, but if you are processing peaches for freezing, you want to look for freestone peaches. This makes it easy to remove the pit from the peaches and will make quick work for you! If you ask the farmer, market, or orchard, they should know what kind of peaches they have.

Wholefully Protip

For preserving, you’ll want to track down freestone peaches, which will make your processing go much more quickly!

Overhead of whole, fresh peaches in a bowl and halved peaches on kitchen linen.

How do you remove pits from peaches?

With freestone peaches, it’s a breeze to remove the pits! Here’s how:

  1. Use a knife and slice into the peach along the peach line.
  2. Work the knife all the way around, following the line.
  3. Twist the two peach halves apart.
  4. Pull the pit out.

Collage of images showing how to pit a peach in 4 steps.

Teach me how to freeze peaches!

  1. Wash and prepare your peaches how you’d like them to be frozen—slices or halves are common.
  2. Treat your peaches using either a lemon juice and water mixture or a produce protector like Fruit Fresh.
  3. Place the peaches in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze until solid.
  4. Transfer the peaches to a freezer storage container.

Close-up of individually frozen peach slices on a baking sheet.

How do I freeze peaches whole?

To freeze peaches whole, just slide them into a freezer bag and squeeze out as much air as you can. Easy peasy! The (big!) downside of this is that you have to wait for the entire peach to defrost to remove the pit. No tossing a whole peach into the blender for a smoothie.

I prefer to do sliced peaches because they are the most versatile, but pitted peach halves are a nice compromise. They are simpler to freeze than sliced, but faster to defrost than whole!

Close-up of a column of peach slices on a baking sheet.

What are the best containers for freezing peaches?

Take a peek in my freezer, and you’ll see an assortment of glass containers and plastic bags holding my frozen fruit. Here are the ways I store frozen peaches:

  1. Glass Food Storage Containers—I love that these are reusable, and they stack so nicely in a chest or upright freezer. The downside is that they are a little spendier, and they take up the most space.
  2. Glass Canning Jars—We use glass jars for everything in our house, so it’s no surprise that we use them for freezing, too! Note that only the jars with straight sides are suitable for freezing.
  3. Zip-top Freezer Bags—I don’t always love single-use plastics, but freezer bags are affordable and space-saving, so I do use them from time to time.
  4. Vacuum Sealing Bags—These are also single-use plastic, but they take up even less space than the zip-top bags. I only recommend these if you plan to use the whole bag at once, because it is hard to reseal the bags.

Overhead of three freezer bags filled with individually frozen peach slices lying on their sides. The bags are labeled "Peaches!"

Can I freeze fresh peaches to make jam later?

Absolutely! This is my favorite canning hack—frozen fruit works great for jam, and freezing your peaches first gives you more flexibility for when you do your jamming. Peach season is the hottest time of the year here, so it’s nice to be able to have preserves simmering on the stove all afternoon on a cooler day.

Close-up of fresh peach slices on a wooden cutting board.

How else can I use frozen peaches?

Frozen peaches are super versatile! Here are some of my favorite ways to use them:

  • Make a smoothie. Drop them into one of our more than two dozen smoothie recipes!
  • Peach crisp. Use frozen peaches to make our single serving peach crisp.
  • Peach oatmeal. This is one of my favorite ways to use frozen peaches! It’s such an amazing treat in the middle of winter.
  • Peach sorbet. Our Peach and White Wine Sorbet is a light and refreshing dessert to try this summer.
  • Mix them into overnight oats. Take any of our 15 amazing overnight oats recipes and add some chopped peaches for a fruity boost.
 
Overhead of open freezer bag filled with individually frozen peach slices.

How to Freeze Peaches

Yield: 2 pounds
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Save the fresh flavors of summer by learning how to freeze peaches! We'll stock your freezer with fresh peaches to use in crisps, smoothies, and oatmeal.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds freestone peaches
  • Anti-browning treatment (Fruit Fresh or diluted lemon juice—1 tablespoon lemon juice per cup of water)

Instructions

  1. Wash and pit your peaches. Cut into halves or slices.
  2. Treat your peaches with either Fruit Fresh or diluted lemon juice.
  3. Spread the peaches in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Freeze until solid.
  4. Transfer peaches to a freezer bag or container.

Notes

This can be done with any amount of peaches. Just be sure to keep them in a single layer in the initial freeze, which may require working in batches.

To remove the skin of the frozen peaches, run them under water for a few seconds, and the skin should slip right off.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 44Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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