How to Freeze Peaches So You Can Make Cobblers and Pies All Year Long

updated May 15, 2022
How To Freeze Peaches

Freezing peaches with a little lemon juice instead of sugar or syrup allows their sweet, juicy flavor to shine.

Makes12 ounces frozen peaches

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I always get a little overzealous during peak peach season. Their beautiful hue draws me in, then their perfume seduces me into a stupor, and the next thing I know I’m leaving the farmers market with a full peck of peaches. A peck is nearly 15 pounds, so once my stupor fades away, I realize there is no way my family can eat that many peaches before they go bad (although we’ve tried).

So, what do I do with all of these peaches? Freeze them!  With a few tools and easy prep, I have delicious peaches to enjoy throughout the year in smoothies, cobblers, and even sangria. Here’s my go-to method for freezing peaches, plus some of my favorite ways to enjoy them.

Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

Step One: Peel the Skins

I prefer to peel my peaches before freezing because it makes them more versatile to use later. The easiest way to do this is by blanching, a cooking process that involves scoring the bottom of each peach with a paring knife and quickly dunking it in a pot of boiling water and then an ice bath. As a result, the peach skin loosens and becomes incredibly easy to peel. 

Step Two: Cut into Slices

While you can technically freeze whole peaches, I’ve found they’re much easier to use as slices. As is the case with other stone fruits like nectarines and plums, you’ll need to remove the pit first. Luckily, you can easily pit a peach with the help of a paring knife. 

Step Three: Toss with Lemon Juice

By coating the peaches with a bit of lemon juice before freezing, the fruit maintains its color and quality without added sugar. You can also use ground vitamin C (as Alton Brown suggests), or use a fruit-preserving product such as Ball’s Fruit Fresh in place of the lemon juice.

Step Four: Freeze on a Baking Sheet

This crucial step keeps the peaches from clumping together during the freezing process. Make sure to place them on top of parchment paper, otherwise they will freeze to your baking sheet. (Yes, I’ve made this mistake before!) 

Step Five: Store in a Zip-Top Plastic Bag

Once your peaches are frozen solid, transfer to a gallon zip-top plastic bag labeled with the date. They can be stored in your freezer for up to three months.   

How to Use Frozen Peaches

The best thing about freezing peaches without added liquid or sugar is that you can use them as you would fresh peaches. There’s no need to thaw beforehand — simply take the amount you need, then return to the freezer. Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy them:

Can you use frozen peaches in salads? How about for making grilled peaches? Technically yes, but you’ll want to thaw them first. However, since the texture of fresh peaches tends to be a bit firmer, I’d recommend using those if you’re able to find them. 

How To Freeze Peaches

Freezing peaches with a little lemon juice instead of sugar or syrup allows their sweet, juicy flavor to shine.

Makes 12 ounces frozen peaches

Nutritional Info


  • 1 pound ripe peaches
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Paring knife
  • 4-quart pot
  • Slotted spoon

  • Large bowl
  • Chef's knife
  • Cutting board
  • Gallon zip-top plastic bag


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  1. Blanch and cool: Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Have an ice water bath ready. Using a paring knife, make a small, shallow X in the bottom end of each peach. Lower the peaches into the boiling water and leave them there for 30 seconds. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the peaches to the ice water bath.

  2. Peel: Gently rub the skin from the peaches and peel it off; it should come away from the flesh with minimal effort.

  3. Cut the peaches: Pit the peaches and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

  4. Toss with lemon juice: Place the sliced peaches and lemon juice in a bowl and toss to throughly coat.

  5. Freeze: Lay the peaches out in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze until solid, about 4 hours.

  6. Seal and freeze: Transfer the frozen peaches to a gallon zip-top plastic bag labeled with the date. Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible. Return to the freezer.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Frozen peaches can be stored for up to 3 months.