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How to Freeze Whole Peaches & Plums

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How to Freeze Whole Peaches & Plums
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Freezing fresh peaches and plums allows you to have fresh, juicy fruits available during any season for use in pies, cobblers or simply for a healthy snack. Most fruits, including plums and peaches, will maintain their quality and freshness for eight to 12 months when stored properly in a freezer at zero degrees Fahrenheit or below, according to the Colorado State University Extension. Choose peaches and plums that are fully ripe before preparing them for freezing.

Freezing Peaches

Step 1

Wash fresh, ripe peaches in cool water, gently rubbing the skins to help remove bacteria from the skin.

Step 2

Pack the whole peaches into plastic containers large enough to allow 1/2 inch to 1 inch of space between the fruit and the lid.

Step 3

Cover peaches with an ascorbic acid mixture containing 1 teaspoon of ascorbic acid for every quart of water. For a syrup pack, prepare a mixture of 4 cups of water, 3 cups of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of ascorbic acid, and cover the peaches with the syrup. Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, helps preserve the fruit's color and flavor.

Step 4

Seal the plastic containers and place in the freezer immediately after packing.

Freezing Plums

Step 1

Wash the plums by rubbing the skins gently under cool running water.

Step 2

Pack whole plums in plastic containers, leaving 1/2 inch to 1 inch of space between the fruit and the top of the container.

Step 3

Add a syrup mixture of 3 cups of sugar to 4 cups of water to cover the plums if you desire. Adding ascorbic acid (about 1/2 teaspoon) to the syrup mixture will improve the quality of the fruit. Packing plums in syrup isn't necessary; they'll freeze fine simply by freezing the whole fruit.

Step 4

Place lids on plastic containers and freeze immediately at zero degrees Fahrenheit or below.

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