Friday, August 24, 2012

Freezing Peaches

I felt like I hit the jackpot this week - Colorado peaches $.99 a pound! For me, the process to freeze peaches is simple and relatively messy free. I also prefer freezing over canning peaches. You don't need a lot of fancy stuff for this little project either. I bought a lug of peaches but you can freeze any amount. I buy them a few at a time and freeze them throughout the season. Last summer I bought the cheap little vacuum gadget with the baggies and I love it!! It was on clearance and I got the gadget with the baggies for about $3.00. I also bought some gallon bags and use those for freezing corn and apples.
This is my peach freezing process:
Ripe peaches (as many or few as you want)
Containers or plastic bags
Fruit Fresh - I use about 1 T for each cup of peaches
I start with a large bowl filled with hot water and place about 8 peaches in the bowl for a few minutes. Then I transfer them to another large bowl filled with ice and cold water. After they sit in the cold water for a minute or tow, I cut them half, then cut them in half again. Then I grab the ends and pull the peaches sections away from the pit. You should have 4 large slices of peaches. Then I remove the outside peeling. If you start at one end the skin should peel right off without removing any of the peach. I like to slice mine and place them in a 1 or 2 gallon bag. I sprinkle some fruit fresh in the bag and shake the slices gently, the juice from the peaches will mix with the fruit fresh so I don't add any water. Then I remove the peach slices with a measuring cup and place them in my smaller bags. I put about 2-3 cups in each bag. Remove the air from your bag and place them in your freezer. That's it - simply frozen peaches!
frozen peaches

my bargain vacuum baggie gadget
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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