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How to Freeze Peaches without Sugar

There is nothing like a fresh peach in the summer! But you can come close if you know how to freeze peaches without sugar!

How to freeze Peaches without Sugar for fresh peaches flavor year round.


*This article originally published Sep 7, 2012. But has been updated over the years with new photos and perfected techniques for your convenience to make the process even easier. 

 I love fresh peaches each fall! I go crazy over them as if you couldn’t tell by all the peach recipes we have on our site. I wish I could experience that fresh peach taste year round, even long after peaches have gone out of season!

Sure you can buy frozen peaches from the grocery store, but they just don’t taste the same. So I’m here to share with you our secret to freeze peaches and have them retain their delicious fresh peach flavor! And best of all, it’s all without sugar!

Easily Freeze peaches without sugar for fresh tasting peaches.

You can do this with any type of peach, but really the easiest and in my opinion the best tasting peaches are ripe Freestone peaches. The pits are easier to remove and it still leaves a great flavor behind.

First, you begin by blanching or peeling the peaches.

How to Freeze Peaches without Sugar, Taste Fresh Peaches Year Round.

After all the skins are removed from the peaches you will want to cut the peaches in half, remove the pit and then slice to your desired chunks. I place them into a bowl as I go.

How to Freeze Peaches without Sugar, Taste Fresh Peaches Year Round.

After all the peaches are cut and ready, I do a quick rinse. The next step is the soak.

This is the essential trick to keeping the peaches fresh and from turning brown when you freeze peaches.

Place the peaches in a water mixture of 1 Tablespoon lemon juice for every 2 cups water. You don’t need to let the peaches soak it in long. Really I just put the peaches in, stir a bit to ensure that each peach is coated and then drain.

How to Freeze Peaches without Sugar, Taste Fresh Peaches Year Round.

Now because I hate frozen fruits in one big solid clump, I spread my peaches out on a cookie sheet, make sure they have room so they don’t freeze together in a clump.

This is great when you will be using the peaches for single serving items like in fruit smoothies, or as toppings to ice cream or yogurt. You are then able to just pull a few of the chunks out of the freezer and not have to defrost the entire bag to get your few peaches.

How to Freeze Peaches without Sugar, Taste Fresh Peaches Year Round.

Now the hard part; finding room in your freezer for the cookie sheets to sit while you freeze peaches! That’s usually my biggest trial; clearing out space in my freezer.

You need to make sure the cookie sheet is level so the peaches don’t slide into a clump and freeze together. You also need to make sure nothing will squish the peaches while they freeze.

How to Freeze Peaches without Sugar, Taste Fresh Peaches Year Round.

Between our regular freezer and our mini chest freezer, I can usually do two cookie sheets at a time. But thankfully we just splurged and bought ourselves an upright freezer for our 13 year anniversary! Yeah!

I have wanted one of these for longer than we have been married! So now I can go up to 8 cookie sheets at a time! But I only needed 6 cookie sheets this time.

Some people say to line the cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper before you freeze peaches, thinking it will prevent the peaches from freezing to the pan.

While yes it keeps the peaches from freezing to the cookie sheet, the peaches then freeze to the paper instead and I hate trying to peel small pieces of the paper off the frozen peaches.

After flash freezing your peaches for 4-24 hours, you can pull the cookie sheets out and transfer the frozen peaches into a more freezer safe container.

This really frees up a lot of room in your freezers, gives your cookie sheets back, but mostly it protects the peaches from getting freezer burn and lets them last longer.

How to freeze peaches without sugar

All you do is take a sturdy spatula and coerce the frozen peaches off the cookie sheet. It usually isn’t hard at all.

For storing the peaches you can use any kind of freezer safe container. I used to use the thick freezer Ziploc bags. But be sure that you label them clearly so you can always be sure to use the oldest first.

How to freeze peaches without sugar

Now just fill the bags. Be sure you can get a good seal when you close the bag. And don’t worry about the peaches freezing together since they are already mostly frozen they will remain in individual chunks unless you allow them to thaw slightly and get a “wet” coating which will refreeze them into one large chunk.

How to freeze peaches without sugar

When you freeze preaches you can enjoy a fresh peach flavor year round.

The great thing about frozen peaches is that you can still use them like fresh peaches once you let them thaw. Or you can keep them frozen for delicious treats.

How to Freeze Peaches

Frozen peaches make great fruit smoothies with a fresh peach flavor. You can also use your frozen peach chunks as ice cream toppings or in your yogurt.

How to Freeze Peaches

Thawed peaches can then be used in cooking peach favorites like cobblers, peach pies and just about anything. You can even thaw the peaches and make our Maple Peach Jam in the middle of the winter if you run out!

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They also make great snacks for kids, and excellent toppings for yogurt, granola, and ice cream. I personally love to throw a handful of frozen peaches into my fruit smoothies too! You can even use your thawed peaches to make Peach fruit leather!

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I wanted to stop back in and just give a quick update on a new method I now use. I still do this same method for freezing peaches. But I now use a FoodSaver with FoodSaver bags to store our frozen fruit in the freezer. I have had better success in this method than in the traditional freezer bags I used earlier in this post.

The FoodSaver method will allow your peaches to stay fresh without freezer burn a lot longer than a traditional airtight container.

The last year I used ziplock bags, my Peaches only lasted 4 months until the freezer burn ruined them. Using the FoodSaver method they last closer to 9 months to a year.

So if you have access to a FoodSaver I highly recommend packaging your frozen peaches in one of those. You will not regret it!

Was this How to freeze Peaches article helpful? Check out our How to Freeze Raspberries Post and How to freeze Currants! Make sure you get all your favorite produce stocked up for the winter!

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What are your favorite things to create with peaches? 

How to freeze Peaches without Sugar for fresh peaches flavor year round.

How to Freeze Peaches without Sugar

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Dede Miller

Saturday 10th of September 2022

Your suggestions for freezing peaches is really great. I live in Grand jct, Co and we have the best peaches in the country so I just bought some to freeze. I hope they come out good, this my first time trying it this way Thank you Dede

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Monday 4th of September 2017

[…] any added sugar when we ran across the blog, Busy Creating Memories, that shared this method of a lemon juice solution to keep the peaches from browning in the […]


Friday 1st of September 2017

Do you add lemon juice to the water as you are peeling and keeping until all are ready? My grandchildren are "eating clean" and I have a peach tree-so I want to help the struggling parents


Friday 1st of September 2017

I create the lemon juice water first and then just drop the peeled sliced peaches into the water as I go. once the bowl is full, I gently "sift" the peaches around in it to ensure they are all coated, then move onto the next step.


Thursday 24th of August 2017

Hi Amber, I love your blog which I just found while looking for a method for freezing peaches without sugar. I am a granny and a mom and a former English professor who is now helping my daughter with her special needs website instead of working on my own foodblog. Now I blog with moms desperate for friendship and help while raising their autistic little ones. It is heartbreaking. Your blog is a welcome reprieve. I love your breezy writing style which is so warm and charming, your photos are gorgeous, and you do capture memories for me of canning peaches on our farm or in Virginia with my growing kids. Love you and plan to visit often.

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