Yes, there have been quite a few peach posts here lately. Perhaps I am just so proud of my prize Palisade Peaches I won. (For more on that see my other post Life’s A Peach.) True as that is, I found myself with so many peaches I didn’t know what to do. Make them into blogs for you of course! I promise this is the last one!
A whole lug of these deliciously ripe peaches was more than I knew my household would eat before they went bad. No waste allowed in this stay-at-home-mom’s house! I knew I had to find a way to freeze and save some, or maybe almost all of them, just to be sure.
Pioneer Woman is certainly not an accurate description of me, but I was up for the challenge. I found the process to be simple, though truthfully a bit time consuming with the amount I had. In the end it was well worth the effort to save valuable food and learn a new culinary skill. See directions with photos below.
Begin with fresh, ripe peaches…
Cut a shallow slit in the shape of an X in the bottom of each peach
blanch peaches–place a few at a time into boiling water for 30 seconds-3 minutes. Mine took over 2 minutes.
quickly cool–remove with a slotted spoon and place in an ice bath
peel–once cooled, I used the edge of a paring knife to lift up the skin where the X slit begins. The skin will simply lift and peel away.
remove pits–slice all the way around and break in half. Remove the pit and discard. Be careful with this step, peeled peaches are slippery!
prepare to freeze–sprinkle with lemon juice and toss if you want to preserve the color. If a little oxidizing/brown doesn’t bother you skip the lemon juice. Place peach slices on a pan or tray. Spread them out so they don’t touch. This will make them easier to handle once frozen, they won’t be a big peach chunk.
All done! After a few hours the peach slices will be frozen. Measure, bag, and label for storage. Now you have perfectly homemade frozen peaches. If you’re looking for a recipe that uses frozen peaches, check out my other post Perfect Peach Cobbler.
What peach recipes do you enjoy? Let us know!