Country Lore: How to Freeze Peaches

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Don't buy hard-as-rocks supermarket peaches. Buy fresh, ripe, juicy peaches and freeze them.

You may have already discovered that supermarket peaches are often hard and flavorless. They are picked so green they just don’t ripen once you get them home. What you may not know is real peaches are super juicy with luscious, to-die-for flavor. During peach season (July and August), local farmers markets usually sell ripe peaches. Even when shipped in from a neighboring state, they are almost always infinitely better than what you’re likely to find in supermarkets.

Here’s how to freeze peaches quickly and easily for eating later and to retain that fabulous fresh flavor: Drop the 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 the peach into a bowl, wait until the iciness is gone, and enjoy the next best thing to fresh from the tree.

Chris Long
Red Cloud, Nebraska

Peaches are one of the easiest fruit crops for home gardeners. For a low-cost way to grow your own peaches, read Grow Free Fruit Trees. — MOTHER EARTH NEWS