Frozen Peaches…Easy Store, Easy Peel, Easy Stone Removal

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.

Frozen Whole Peaches

Frozen Whole Peaches

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.

Frozen Peach Under Running Water

Frozen Peach Bottoms Up Held Under Running Water

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.

Skin Being Removed from a Frozen Peach

Skin Being Removed from a Frozen Peach, Apply Pressure with Thumbs, Moving Away from the Center

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.

Skin being Removed from a Frozen Whole Peach

Frozen Peach with Skin Almost Completely Removed

Place the skinned peaches in a bowl.

Skinless Frozen Peaches in a Bowl

Skinless Frozen 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.

Skin and Stone Removed from Frozen Peaches

Skin and Stone Removed from Frozen Peaches

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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    • Jennifer on September 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm
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    Any idea if this technique would work with pears or plums??

      • Bill on September 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm
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      Jennifer, I do not know, but at face value I would think that you could freeze pears or plums and perform the same steps to remove the skin. Your question has me thinking that i should go to the grocery store this weekend, then freeze the plums and pears and test out the concept. What specific recipe were you going to use the pears or plums with the skin removed by freezing the fruit? Bill

    • Ed gobat on August 11, 2019 at 7:18 am
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    This works very well for tomatoes! I have been doing it for years for canning sauce!

    • Deb on May 25, 2020 at 6:08 pm
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    works great! Just making some peach topping for ice cream from last years peaches. So sweet I didn’t need to add sugar. Just peel, dice, put in a pot with a pinch of cinnamon. Delish!

    • Patricia Malean on July 26, 2020 at 9:48 am
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    Hi! I am going tofreeze peaches for the first time. I have read all of your info and feel confident that I will do a good job. you have given me faith as I attempt this on my own. Thank you!

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