Tuesday, August 30, 2011

How to freeze peaches

Our local supermarket recently had peaches on sale for super cheap.  It was the lowest price I have seen in a very long time.  I bought 16 pounds with the intention of freezing them to use over the winter.  They were really firm when I brought them home so I put them in paper bags for a few days so they could soften up.  Once they were ready I washed them them and started a pot of water boiling.
 I boiled the peaches in water for 30 seconds
 Then moved them to an ice bath.  This helps to remove the skins.  If you don't find that the skin slides right off repeat the boiling/ice bath process.
 I took all the skins off.  Some came off a little easier then others.
 Cut all the peaches up into slices and remove the pit.  For each quart of peaches, combine 1/4 tsp ascorbic acid (to prevent browning) with 1/4 cup water.  Sprinkle over the peaches. 
Add 2/3 cup sugar per quart of peaches and mix gently.
 Place the peaches in freezer bags labeled with the date.  I use a straw to suck out the extra air.  They are now ready for the freezer.
When ready to use, thaw and they will be ready for pies, cobblers, or smoothies.

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