Peeling fresh peaches is in pain. There are some recommended suggestions when peeling fresh peaches and these options are good when requiring fresh peaches. However, if you have too many peaches and you are not going to use or process immediately, then I would suggest freeze the peaches whole and then peel the frozen peaches at a later date. To freeze peaches all you require is enough freezer space to store the peaches. You can place them whole in Ziploc bags, but you can also just place them on baking sheets and allow them to freeze. The skin acts as a barrier and will prevent the peach flesh from experiencing freezer burn.
To peel the whole frozen peaches has to be one of the easiest kitchen experiences I have performed in a long time.Under the stream of cold water hold the peach for about ten seconds bottom up.
Then with your thumbs apply pressure to the skin and pull away from the center. The skin should peel away with minimal effort. It is that easy.
If there is any remaining skin attached to the peach flesh, continue running cold water over the peach and with your thumbs pull away the peach skin.
Place the skinned peaches in a bowl.
Now that you have a bowl of skinned frozen peaches, how does one removed the stone from the fruit? Through trial and error and found that the easiest way is to allow the frozen skinned peaches to temper (thaw) for five to ten minutes. This allows for the flesh to thaw just enough where you can press down with your thumbs and the flesh will separate from the stone with little difficulty. You can use a knife, but remember to apply just a little amount of pressure when splitting the semi-frozen peach in halves / quarters. If not, you will have a frozen skinned peach flying through the kitchen.
Now that you have a bowl of frozen peach flesh, with skin and stone removed, what can you make? Peach Sorbet (with Ice Cream Maker or Food Processor only), Peach Ice Cream, Peach Daiquiris, Peach Smoothies, Peach Margaritas and Peach Muffins are the first ideas that some to mind. You could even make Peach Fruit Leather (suggested to not remove the skin, but just thaw and remove the stone) I have read that it is difficult to make Peach Jam from frozen peaches, but I will attempt to defy conventional wisdom at a later date.
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