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Easy Peaches Freezing Tip

7/29/2008 11:46:13 AM

Tags: freezing peaches, food preservation

Peaches

You may have already discovered that supermarket peaches are often hard and flavorless. They are picked so green that they just never ripen once you get them home. What you may not know is that REAL peaches are superjuicy with luscious, to-die-for flavor. During peach season (July and August) local farmers markets usually sell real peaches. Even when they ship them in from a neighboring state, they're almost always infinitely better that what you’re likely to find in supermarkets. Here’s a superquick and easy way my mom freezes peaches for eating later: 

Drop the whole peach into a plastic sandwich bag, zip shut and toss in the freezer. When you want a fruit snack, just run the frozen peach under water for a moment, and the skin will slip off. Slice into a bowl and wait until the icy-ness is gone. Then enjoy the next best thing to fruit fresh from the tree!

 P.S. Peaches are one of the easiest fruit crops for home gardeners — for a low-cost way to grow your own peaches, see Grow Free Fruit Trees.



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pattypan
8/5/2011 4:51:07 PM
i freeze almost everything in canning jars. the jars go into cardboard boxes but that takes up a lot of room. i've read of keeping frozen snap beans in a pillowcase. so far (3 weeks) they seem to be okay. has anyone else heard of or done this ? it sure saves space over jars ! thanks

motherreader
8/5/2008 10:33:20 AM
I have also had luck slicing and pitting peaches, and just freezing them that way. I've used freezer bags for that purpose, but I think the glass jar method would be fine, too. Also, here's a tip for their use. When you make oatmeal, just toss the frozen sliced peaches in during about the last 2 minutes of simmering, and they're just perfect by the time you eat the oatmeal.

Barbara Pleasant_3
8/2/2008 11:14:52 AM
I share your concern about storing food in plastic. We do use quart glass jars for freezing things like fruit juice (with plenty of head space), but all of the berries, etc., are in freezer bags. When The Bean Man is doing the blanching and freezing of random veggies, he goes to the trouble of wrapping the cooled snap beans or whatever in food grade paper before slipping the packets into freezer bags. Says "at least the food is not touching the plastic." I don't go to that trouble, but would welcome any and all ideas for getting plastic out of my food preservation loop without adding to the already daunting seasonal work load.

samantha_1
8/1/2008 2:08:05 PM
I liked that part about putting the jelly jars away clean. Okay...fess up ladies...who amongst you is putting your jelly jars back in the box DIRTY? I mean really. I know some fairly nasty folks and even they do not do THAT. Do any of y'all? Personally, I subscribe to the use every tiny bit of jelly and per Tightwad Gazette, I put a bit of milk into the nearly empty jar, swish it around until all the jelly parts come off the jar, then pour the whole concoction into a popsickle thing to make a frozen treat. yeah I went EWW too...but...milk, fruit, sugar...isn't that a popsickle if you freeze it? You do still have to wash the jar before putting it back in the box however.

Angela Kessler_1
8/1/2008 12:03:56 PM
If you don't want to use plastic, you can use glass canning jars--and you can re-use used lids that are no longer good for canning, just screw the ring down over them and leave them. They're fairly stackable, too, which is another advantage. For that matter, you could probably use any glass jars that you purchased food in, as long as they are completely clean--you don't want your peaches to smell like pickles!

Francene Greene
8/1/2008 11:33:52 AM
I suppose you could also use the vacuum pack process using Food Saver bags. These bags are food safe (supposedly) and the vacuum process might help retain the freshness and nutrients. Just a thought.

Janielle Dunlap_1
8/1/2008 10:36:03 AM
With all the dangers regarding plastics, what other containers can we use to freeze produce like peaches????

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