Learn the easiest, mess-free way to peel a peach. All you need is a small, sharp knife and a pot of water. Time to get peeling!
Yesterday I wrote about the Peach Crumb Bars with Hazelnut Streusel that we have been snacking on over the past few days. In that post, I promised that I would show you how to peel a peach as part of my ongoing "How to" series. Of course, peeled peaches are not just relegated to crumb bars, but are called on in recipes ranging from pie to ice cream.
I also mentioned that my eldest son turned 10 yesterday. That means that the fridge is packed with treats - crumb bars, chocolate birthday cake and ice cream. That ice cream is not just for serving with cake. Oh no, we have bigger plans.
This afternoon, we are picking up my son's three best buddies and taking them to watch my son play in his soccer game. After the game we are headed back to our house for pizza, movies and a sleepover birthday party. And the ice cream? We'll be loading up their bowls with scoops of vanilla and mint chocolate chip ice cream and each boy will get to load on whatever toppings they choose. Marshmallows, chocolate chips, coconut, sprinkles, caramel sauce, maraschino cherries - the works. Just what every kid needs right before bedtime, right? If you don't hear from me for a couple of days, it is safe to assume that I have been worn into complete exhaustion by a pack of young hooligans. Send help.
I have seen other people suggest peeling peaches with a vegetable peeler. However, I find that you lose a bit of a the flesh using that method and it is more labor-intensive. The method outlined below requires a knife, a pot of boiling water, a bowl of ice water and three or four minutes of your time.
How to peel a peach
With a paring knife, cut an "X" through the skin in the bottom of each peach.
Bring a medium or large pot (depending on the number of peaches) of water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with cold water and some ice. Do this step now so it's ready to go when you need to dunk the peaches.
Place the peaches into the boiling water for 45 seconds. If you leave them much longer, the peaches will start to cook and soften.
Using a slotted spoon, lift the peaches out of the water and immediately transfer to the bowl of ice water. Let the peaches sit in the ice water for a few minutes to cool.
Starting at the "X" on the bottom of the peaches and using your fingers or a paring knife, peel off the skin from each peach. Easy, right?
How to Peel a Peach
- 4 peaches
- With a paring knife, cut an "X" through the skin in the bottom of each peach.
- Bring a medium or large pot (depending on the number of peaches) of water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with cold water and some ice. Do this step now so it's ready to go when you need to dunk the peaches.
- Place the peaches into the boiling water for 45 seconds. If you leave them much longer, the peaches will start to cook and soften.
- Using a slotted spoon, lift the peaches out of the water and immediately transfer to the bowl of ice water. Let the peaches sit in the ice water for a few minutes to cool.
- Starting at the "X" on the bottom of the peaches and using your fingers or a paring knife, peel off the skin from each peach.
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Works on nectarines and plums too. Such a time saver for large amounts at canning/freezing/jellyjam time.
Thanks for this nice how-to! I think the peaches have to be extremely fresh to peel them like this?
I have a question--I have been peeling peaches this way without problems, but the last time I used this method they would not peel for the life of me. I don't know if it was the variety, or if the peaches were not ripe enough. (I try to buy from the farmer's markets when I can and these were from the grocery store). In any case, very frustrating.
Quyen - Kitchen Runway
Great tip Dara!! Quick and easy!!
Melissa @ thefauxmartha
No way!? This is brilliant.
Becky at Vintage Mixer
Love your how-to series! Thanks for this tip Dara.
Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream
I've always just done the hot water and do not adhere to the 45 second rule... I'll have to give your method a try for sure!!
Those peaches look delicious!
The x on the bottom is a great tip, Dara! I've heard of the blanching before and I know it certainly makes a difference with both peaches and tomatoes.
I really love how beautiful your photos are!! thank you for sharing this tip... and big hugs to your son!
Brooks at Cakewalker
Dara, the photos of the glistening peaches are gorgeous. I use the same method for tomatoes. I hope the pack of hooligans don't do you in...we need you around for more tips and spot on recipes...Happy belated birthday to your son!
I enjoy your "how to" series, Dara -- very helpful, even for a seasoned old kitchen veteran like me. 🙂 Hope you survived "make your own sundae" night -- sounded like a fun celebration!
What a way to peel peach 🙂 Nice photos.
Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen
I had no idea! How easy is that!
Great tips Dara. By now I believe the sleep over is finished...I hope your son and his buddies had a blast. How could they not will all of those amazing Cookin' Canuck goodies 🙂
So that's how it's done, I usually just dive right in as impatient as I am.