How to Freeze Fresh Peaches

Incredible peaches!

How to have fresh peaches all year 'round

What's the best fruit in the whole wide world?

I've heard many people say "a perfectly ripe peach." I couldn't agree more.

There's just something incredibly satisfying about the texture of a peach in summer -- how it yields to your teeth and tongue when you bite into it, the intense aroma from the skin, and that unparalleled flavor.

How can you have them year 'round?

By freezing them -- it's easy -- and here's how to do it.

How to remove the skin from your peaches

Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil.

Using a paring knife, make a small slit in the bottom of each peach. Put a few peaches into the water for about 30 seconds, then remove them with a slotted spoon to a bowl with iced water.

After a few moments, you'll be able to use your fingers to easily remove the skin. If you find it difficult for some of them, just drop them back into the boiling water for another 30 seconds or so.

This method is quick and fool-proof -- two things i really like when I'm preparing a lot of peaches for the freezer.

How to Prepare Your Peaches

Once the peaches are peeled, use a sharp knife to cut them in half -- imagine you're cutting through the "equator" of the peach, then twist the halves. This method will allow you to keep that beautiful dark red meat around the stone.

Remove the stone and discard. I slice the peaches into a bowl, then move on to the next peach.

Sometimes, the peach flesh won't pull away from the stone. In those cases, I just cut the peach away from the stone as best I can... and move on to the next! Don't get hung up on having each slice look perfect.

Once I have a large bowl full of sliced peaches, i squeeze a whole lemon onto them (I squeeze it through a strainer to prevent the seeds and lemon pulp from falling into my peaches.)

Add sugar to the peaches, then stir them and the lemon juice to combine. How much sugar? It depends on the sweetness of the peaches.

HOWEVER, you will need sugar -- it acts as a preservative, and will also help maintain their beautiful color.

A good rule of thumb -- approximately one cup of sugar to each four cups of peaches. Occasionally you might have a batch of peaches that aren't all that sweet -- then by all means increase the amount of sugar.

The Last Steps

I put my peaches into quart freezer bags (not sandwich bags, of course -- they aren't thick enough to provide the protection your fruit will need.)

I write the date on the bag -- and if I plan to put up different batches of peaches I'll write who gave them to me, or where they were picked. Believe me -- once they're frozen you won't be able to tell one package from another unless you clearly label them.

Besides, when I serve a peach dessert, I like to tell my guests where the peaches came from.

Using a funnel, I put two cups of sliced peaches into each bag. You can also put three cups -- it depends on the number of people you cook for, and how you imagine you'll use your peaches.

For example, if you plan to eat them on ice cream, then two cups are plenty -- even for four or five people. But if you plan to make cobblers you'll probably want to put three cups per quart bag.

Press out the air, seal the bags, then lay them on the counter.

Clear a space in your freezer where the bags can lay flat. This is really important. If they're frozen into neat packages they can be moved to another part of the freezer and easily stacked. You'll be glad you took this step.

The first time I put fruit in the freezer I tossed them in willy-nilly, and ended up with these odd-shaped bags that took up way too much room.

Final Thoughts

That's all there is to it. These peaches will be good for up to a year -- and they taste as fresh as the day you were preparing them for the freezer.

When I defrost them for a cobbler, I put a bag in my refrigerator about 4 hours or so before I plan to start baking. However, if you're short on time, you can put the bags into a pot of hot water (from the tap) -- they'll be defrosted in a very short time.

Don't try to put them into a pie or cobbler while they're still half-frozen -- it will make your crust soggy. (This is the voice of experience...)

:-)

Enjoy your peaches!

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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

Glad to know this. I adore fresh peaches, buy them, and just that fast the go bad before I can eat them. You have solved the problem; I have not considered freezing them till now.

Thanks for the tips

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Great tips! I´ll be trying that soon. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful;-)


victoria 3 years ago

peaches are awesome


MARY C. 4 years ago

I JUST PUT MY PEACHES IN THE FREEZER.PEACHER ARE A GOOD BUY RIGHT NOW....ENJOY


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Buster Bucks 4 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi,

No, don't use pectin with this recipe. Follow the directions and you'll be very happy with your peaches.

Best regards,

Buster


Shannon 4 years ago

Can I use pectin on my peaches before I put them in the freezer?


an 4 years ago

very nice


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi MM,

Yes, you can use a Foodsaver.

I used to have one, but freezer bags (I get them at Costco -- depending on the area of the country you live -- you can also get them at Sam's Club, inexpensively) are cheaper.

Thanks for taking the time to write to me.

Best regards,

Buster


mm 5 years ago

can you use a Food Saver to freeze peaches?


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Becky,

Yes, you can use fresh limes, or lemon juice from the bottle. The acids in either one will preserve the color of the fruit.

The only caveat about the limes: they will alter the taste of the peaches a little bit because limes have a different flavor (of course) than lemons. Will you like the taste of limes with peaches?

Try it out: squeeze fresh limes on a few peach slices then eat them. If you like the taste, then you're good to go. If you don't, then use the bottled lemon juice instead.

Hope this helps!

Best regards,

Buster


Becky 5 years ago

Can I use the juice of a lime, instead of lemon? Or how about real lemon juice from the bottle? I have no lemons on hand.


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gjcody 5 years ago

Just the method I was looking for! Thanks for sharing!


KB 5 years ago

I freeze my fruit one layer thick on a cookie tray before bagging so that they remain individual even frozen. Best!~K


Lisa, PA 5 years ago

I can taste the peach french toast in the middle of winter already.


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Grace,

You have to remove the skins. They become unpleasantly chewy and tough after freezing.

Good luck!

Buster


Grace 5 years ago

Can you leave the skins on the peaches to freeze them or do you have to take it off?


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Alisa,

I like to defrost them for about an hour or so -- but not fully defrosted, so that the peaches are still a little crunchy (like the peaches in peach ice cream) -- then eat them out of a bowl.

Another method: put the peaches into a pot on the stove, add in about a half cup of sugar and a little cinnamon, then heat till they're piping hot. Serve them warm in bowls. Delicious!

Thanks for taking the time to write to me.

Best regards,

Buster


Alisa 5 years ago

How are these peaches from the freezer as a stand alone dish? We have some great peaches right now that I would like to serve my kids in the middle of a cold winter!


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Onward,

Peaches are fantastic on cereal!

Glad the instructions were helpful. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Best regards,

Buster


Onward 5 years ago

Thanks for the easy instructions! I bought a half bushel of peaches yesterday and was looking for easy freezing instructions. Love peaches on my cereal & want to enjoy them all year long!


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi MMom,

Lucky you! A few years ago a friend's co-worker let us pick up the fallen apples from his orchard. We had bushels of perfect apples to put up in the freezer, and to make jelly out of.

Glad you'll be using this method -- you'll like it.

All the best,

Buster


The Mean Mom 5 years ago

Thank you for these easy to follow instructions. We helped at an orchard today and were able to take all the "fallen" peaches we wanted as they can't use them once they hit the ground. I now have lots of them and will be using this method.


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Bette,

Yes, it's always wonderful to enjoy peaches throughout the year.

Thanks for taking the time to write.

Best regards,

Buster


Bette 5 years ago

Thanks so easy! The peaches have been so good this year here in TX. I will love having them through the winter!!!!


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Genevie,

I look forward to reading your thoughts as you go through the process of freezing your peaches.

I'm envious of your orchard!

Best regards,

Buster


Genevie 5 years ago

We have started our own orchard and have many Peaches. Thank you for the easiest way to freeze peaches. I will be commenting as we go along.


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Alli,

Peaches should be fully ripened before they're frozen.

My mom used to say: "What you put into the freezer is what you get out of it." She meant -- the fruit (or vegetables) need to be at their peak when they're preserved.

Since you just bought the peaches, let them sit on the counter for a few days. Check them occasionally -- when you're able to *just barely* make an indention in them with your fingertip, then you're ready to go. Eat one, just to make sure.

;-)

Feel free to write to me again if you have any other questions. Good luck with your peaches!

Warmest regards,

Buster


Alli 5 years ago

Hi-

I'm just wondering, do the peaches need to be perfectly ripened before I slice and freeze them? I just bought a whole bunch but they are still quite firm... just want to be sure I do it right. Thank you for the tips!


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hello Bstillnbreathe (great name, by the way)

So glad you were able to get those peaches in the freezer. Thanks for taking the time to tell me your story!

Warmest regards,

Buster


bstillnbreathe 5 years ago

Thanks so much for the instructions. I had several peaches that a friend had given to me a week ago that were on the verge of going bad. I was able to get them ready to freeze, using your instructions, while cooking my supper. The peaches were bagged, marked & in the freezer before my green beans & corn were done. This brought back so many memories from my childhood. Thanks so much for sharing!!!


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Fat Bottom (love the name!)

I'm so glad this method is going to work for you. It makes putting up peaches so much faster. Best part? They come out of the freezer tasting like they that summer day you picked them.

Thanks for taking the time to write.

Best regards,

Buster


Fat Bottomed Girl Kitchen 5 years ago

I am thrilled to have found this site! My little tree is in full production now, and I must pick peaches daily (like Anita, the yield gets a little overwhelming), plus I have limited fridge/freezer space. I've been making jam, butter, and chutney, which means I have to work fast and risk the "casualties" when I don't have the time after picking the fruit - the waste just breaks my heart! Thanks so much for sharing your freezing method...it will make a big difference.


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Anita,

Lucky you! How wonderful to have fruit trees already on the property, and already producing.

Good luck with those peaches --

Buster


Anita 5 years ago

Wow! thankyou for this info, having just moved onto property with a small orchard, 3 peach trees, beautiful fruit just falling off and too many to give away, this will be very very useful, tho I may need another freezer lol

Thankyou! :)


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Tim,

So sorry for the delay in responding to you -- I've been out of the country (in Asia) and unable to check my hubpages.

Peaches should be frozen when they're at their peak of flavor and ripeness. You want to capture that flavor, because the freezing process won't add flavor or improve the texture.

Good luck!

Buster


Tim 5 years ago

Hi

Do you carry out the freezing process when the actual peaches are fully ripe i.e. soft? Or freeze them when they are still reasonably firm?

Thanks

Tim


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Samantha,

I always use lemons, rather than fruit fresh. So, yes, it's an either-or decision. Don't buy anything else - use your lemons!

:)

All the best,

Buster


samantha 6 years ago

Do i have to use fruit fresh as well or just lemon juice and sugar? most of the other receipes i found called for that fruit fresh stuff but i already have lemons. Didn't want to have to buy anything else to freeze them

thanks

samantha


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Tara,

Yay! You're going to love the smoothies these make.

Thanks for taking the time to write -- it means a lot to me.

Buster


tara 6 years ago

this was awesome! I have never canned anything or made jam or anything like that, but I decided to try freezing some peaches. in my short search, your instructions were the easiest to follow and your tips are very helpful. so thank you for sharing this, I can't wait to make some smoothies with them!


Char 6 years ago

Try freezing them first on a cookie sheet, then put into freezer bags. This way you can enjoy one at a time straight from the freezer. They are so yummy to eat frozen.


Darlene 6 years ago

I am new at this and wow.. someone gave me these yummmmy peachs.. i have two boxes to freeze.. The skins are ready to come off.. so wish me luck


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Sheila,

You'll definitely want to wait until they're ripe. If you freeze them unripe... they'll defrost unripe, of course, and you won't have good peaches for eating and cooking.

Thanks for writing, and good luck!

Buster


Sheila 6 years ago

I'm new to this whole peach thing. I picked all of the peaches off of my tree this evening in hopes of freezing them over the long weekend, but they are still hard. Can I still freeze them or do I need to wait for them to soften up?


Naomi 6 years ago

This was the most Awesome page, I ever...

note: I used only 2.5 cups of sugar to my 11cups of peaches - due to my diabetic status!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Tracey,

Thanks for your comments. You've made my day.

:-)

Buster


Tracey Pera 6 years ago

Thank you for your help and advice, It is just as I remembered with my mom 30 years ago. Thanks so much.


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Heather,

On average, one lemon equals 1/4 cup of bottled lemon juice.

I prefer the taste of fresh lemon when I'm freezing fruit... but if you already have bottled on hand, then go ahead and use it.

Thanks for writing -- and good luck with your peaches!

Buster


Heather Dawn 6 years ago

How much lemon juice per four cups of peaches and one cup of sugar?


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Mike,

I suspect that you're right -- the degree of ripeness affected your ability to peel them.

When you make a cobbler from frozen peaches, yes, you should add the sugar as described in the recipe.

Thanks for taking the time to write, Mike.

Buster


Mike Mankin 6 years ago

I bought a peck of peaches at the flea market last week. They were mostly green. I let them sit around for a week and yesterday I used your recipe to freeze some. In the peeling process, about half of the peaches peeled really easy. The other half, I had to peel with a knife. What do you think was the difference. I tried varying the boil time, with no difference in the results. I suspect it had to do with the ripeness of each peach. More ripe, easier to peel. In your recipe for the cobble, I am a little confused. I used 1 cup of sugar to freeze the peaches. When I make a cobbler later, do I still add a cup of sugar when using what I've frozen. Thanks.... Mike Mankin


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Rose,

If you're using bottled lemon juice, I think a quarter cup would be fine.

Good luck!

Buster


Rose 6 years ago

how much lemon juice would you use?


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Kaye,

I don't think it's a good idea to use fruit that has already started to go bad.

When preserving food of any kind, it's important to use the freshest you can, and in great shape, so that it won't deteriorate while in the freezer, or in canning jars (if you're canning.)

Wish I had better news...

All the best,

Buster


Kaye 6 years ago

What if the peaches have already started to go bad can you just cut off the bad stuff & then prepare it the same way.


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Amy,

You're lucky to have great peaches from a local farmer!

I had a fresh peach for breakfast this morning... yum.

:-)

Thanks for taking the time to write.

All the best,

Buster


Amy 6 years ago

I have been looking all over for an easy and simple way to freeze fresh peaches.I get them by the bushel from a local farmer here and now I can have them year round. Thanks so much!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Kelli and Suzan,

Thanks for telling me your stories -- best of luck with your peaches!

All the best,

Buster


suzan 6 years ago

Thanks so much - we just bought some fresh peaches from PA as a group of gals who love fresh peaches but live in northern Maine :) I'm sharing your directions with the girls and we are preparing to work together Monday . Thanks for being so clear in your directions. A+


Kelli 6 years ago

Hi thanks for the clear easy directions! Peach cobbler is my boyfriend's favorite and I am trying to freeze some good Colorado peaches until we get our oven fixed this winter!!!!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Lisa Marie,

I'm glad the instructions are easy to follow -- thanks so much for writing.

You've made my day!

Buster


Lisa Marie 6 years ago

Wow! I really appreciate all the work and time that went into such perfect instructions, for the peach cobbler and for other instructions. I wish all recipes were this informative. Thank you so very much.


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Nancy,

No, I haven't tried using fruit juice to sweeten this recipe.

Thanks for writing --

Buster


Kathy 6 years ago

this is so so easy! Thank you for the info.


Nancy E 6 years ago

what about using peach/apple juice instead of sugar? have you tried that?


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Sandra,

Double crust fruit pies freeze beautifully, but I've never made and frozen a peach cobbler before.

If you try it, could you let me know how it turned out?

Thanks so much for writing --

Buster


Sandra M 6 years ago

I'm wondering if I can make your cobbler recipe and crust of course and freeze the whole pie until I need it. It would save time during the holidays for sure.


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Connie,

Some people use (slightly) less if they're using peaches they've put up in the freezer... but I still include the sugar that's in the peach cobbler recipe.

:-)

Thanks so much for taking the time to write --

Buster


Connie 6 years ago

Sounds easy! One question- you use 1 cup of sugar on the peaches, then do you omit the sugar ftom the peach cobbler recipe you gave? Thanks for any advice1!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Debra,

Good luck, and thanks for writing --

Buster


Debra 6 years ago

Thanks for the advice, this is my first year to do fresh peaches, and this helps me alot.


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Papajohn,

Sugar has preservative qualities... but from what I've read, Splenda doesn't. Therefore, it's my opinion that you wouldn't be able to use Splenda to freeze fresh fruit.

Wish I had better news...

:-(

Buster


papajohn 6 years ago

Being a diabetic, I am wondering about being able to use Splenda?Thanks


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Rashmi,

The only way I know to do this is to refrigerate them. You'll want to buy peaches that are still not yet ripe -- not HARD, but not soft either. Take them out of the fridge a day or two before you plan to eat them, and let them come to room temperature. They will ripen faster at room temperature.

This is no guarantee that you'll be able to hold the peaches for 10 days, though. I've had peaches in the fridge for a week that were still excellent, and others that ripened from hard to soft in only a few days.

Good luck!

Buster


Rashmi 6 years ago

Hi, Your method is really very nice and easy to follow. But I want to preserve the fruit as such for some 10 days, without cutting them, is there any ways to do so. I will get the peach from market. Please help me in this regard. I will be pleased to see the reply as soon as possible.

Thank you.


startinganewhub 6 years ago

thankyou


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Melissa,

Glad to hear you'll save your peaches! Thanks so much for writing.

Buster


melissa 6 years ago

Thanks so much, now all of my bruised peaches on my tree will not go to waste!


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi there,

Thanks so much -- enjoy your peaches.

Buster


Farm Wife 7 years ago

I like the frozen peach flavor much better than the canned. Your explanation was simple to follow. Thank you.


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Deb,

I know that many people are faced with choosing Splenda because of diet concerns, or (like my dad) diabetes.

I wish I knew for sure about Splenda for freezing, but I don't. Give it a try to see. If you don't mind, would you make a note to drop me a line in 3 or 6 months and let me know how it turned out?

Good luck, and thanks so much for writing.

Buster


Deb 7 years ago

Can I use Splenda instead of sugar? My cobbler calls for white sugar (I use Splenda) and brown sugar. Would it be okay to freeze them with both the sugars added before freezing?


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Duane,

Hmmm, this is something I've never considered before...

You'll notice when you defrost a package that they'll be as brightly colored, and as aromatic as when you first put them in the freezer (it's why I like freezing peaches so much) and so... I don't know why you couldn't make jam in 6 months time.

Perhaps you might consider writing to your County Ag Extension office -- they might be able to better answer your question. Maybe there's a reason to NOT do it that I don't know about.

Good luck finding someone who really knows.

:)

Buster


Duane 7 years ago

We make peach jam, will these frozen peaches be as good for jam 6 months later as fresh ones are now?


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Good luck with your peaches, Pam.

:-)

Buster


Pam 7 years ago

Thanks for the easy and quick way to freeze peaches.


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Glad to hear it, Joanne. Thanks for writing -

Buster


joanne  7 years ago

You have motivated me to store peaches not too complicated. Thanks


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Thanks, S Jonty!

Good luck with your peaches --

Buster


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Sexy jonty 7 years ago from India

Wow ..... really nice hub ...... very informative ..... very nicely explained ...... thanks ...... keep up the good work ....


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Ann Maree,

The lemon juice helps to retain color. Fruit will discolor in the freezer if an acid isn't added.

The sugar acts as a preservative.

If you think you'll eat all of your frozen peaches in the next, say, 2 months... then I think you'd be okay if you leave out the lemon juice, but (personally) I wouldn't decrease the sugar.

Thanks so much for taking the time to respond!

Best of luck --

Buster


Ann Maree 7 years ago

Do you have to use both lemon juice and sugar? Can I use only a little sugar since the peaches are so very sweet and I am going to vacum package them?


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Melanie,

Bottled lemon juice will certainly work since it's the acid that will help to retain the color. In my opinion, fresh lemons have a better (um, let's say *cleaner* taste) and so I use fresh. But I'm a firm believer in using what you already have around the house. :)

Thanks so much for reading!

Buster


Melanie 7 years ago

Would bottled lemon juice work instead of a fresh lemon or is there a reason to use a fresh lemon?


Janie 7 years ago

Thanks!


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Buster Bucks 8 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

You're welcome -- it was fun to write. Good luck with those peaches, let me know how they turn out!

All the best,

Buster


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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

thanks for getting this up on hubpages....I'm off to find me some fresh peaches!!!

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