Freezing Peaches

A summertime favorite, PEACHES, are in season! Whether they come from your own tree or from one of our peach producing states– Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Michigan, California, or the Carolinas. One of the best ways to preserve and enjoy that fresh peach taste later is to freeze them.

Lug of peaches

Begin by choosing ripe, fragrant peaches. The National Center for Home Food Preservation has detailed instructions on freezing peaches in a syrup pack or sugar pack along with freezing crushed or pureed peaches. Another way of freezing peaches is freeze them in orange juice.

For one lug of peaches you will need 2 cans of frozen orange juice, 4 cans of water, and 8 cups of sugar. Mix together the orange juice, water and sugar in a large bowl. Dip the peaches one at a time in boiling water for 30 seconds then plunge into cold water to make peeling much easier; blanching also helps them retain their color, flavor, and texture. Peel the peaches, remove the stone, and slice into the orange juice solution. Fill your containers leaving ample head space for expansion during freezing. Label and freeze.

Peaches may also be frozen using the tray method. Blanch, peel, pit, slice, and freeze on a baking sheet for 2-3 hours, transfer to an airtight container or bag, label, and freeze. Slices may be tossed in lemon juice to prevent darkening. This method allows one to freeze and remove any quantity of peaches desired.

Peaches will stay fresh in the freezer for 6–12 months.

Whichever method is used, freezing peaches is an easy-peasy way to enjoy the delicious peach flavor all year long!

Reviewed and updated 5/2024, mg.

Marlene Geiger

I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BS in Home Economics Education and Extension and from Colorado State University with a MS in Textiles and Clothing. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, quilting, cooking, sewing, and sharing knowledge and experience with others.

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7 thoughts on “Freezing Peaches

  1. Hi Barb, a lug of peaches depends upon the size of the peaches. There is usually a number on the box/shipping container. A size 60 lug holds 60 peaches; 40 lug holds 40 peaches. The larger the number, the smaller the peaches. In general, a lug, regardless of size, will make about 8+ quarts or 16-17 pints. Per Marcia, 12 oz cans of frozen orange juice.

  2. Thank you. That was a very fast answer and I appreciate that as I am working on the peaches this afternoon.

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