If you have a peach tree or access to reasonably priced peaches (hit up the farmers market), then chances are you are going to
want NEED to know how to peel a peach. Make it quick and easy with this simple tutorial on the best way to peel a peach, and get a big batch done in no time.
This recipe has been updated from the original August 2015 version in order to provide a better experience for our readers.
This recipe is a bit of a doozy, but this method for how to peel a peach has totally changed my life so I just had to share it with you. I recently had 200 peaches ripen on my tree within 3 days, so I had to preserve as many as possible in as little time as possible before the squirrels chewed them all up.
This my friends meant that I spent an entire afternoon peeling 200 peaches...Not the most fun you can have with a blunt stick, but setting up a little production line, and getting the littles involved, made it so much quicker (note: I lie - the toddler definitely did not make it quicker).
Just in case you too have to peel 200 peaches I thought it only nice to share this quick and easy method with you to make the whole process as stress-free as can be.
Here We Go: How to Peel A Peach
- Using a sharp knife, score the bottom of your peaches with an X;
- Add the scored peaches to rapidly boiling water for about 45 seconds;
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the peaches from the boiling water and pop them into a little ice bath (a large bowl filled with water and ice);
- Once cool, remove the peaches from the ice bath with a slotted spoon and peel. The skin should just come right away
Why Will I Need to Peel a Peach?
A lot of recipes will call for peeled peaches to give you a smoother result. Also, if you want to can your peaches or you want a nice smooth peach butter, then a peeled peach is going to be key.
Sometimes peaches can have bitter skin, or be super fuzzy, in which case you are going to want to enjoy them naked. Our peaches are homegrown and have a pretty thick, chewy skin, which I just don't enjoy, so I find it better to just peel them and enjoy the yumminess inside.
What Do I Do With My Freshly Peeled Peaches?
- Make some Peach Butter;
- Enjoy this No Churn Vegan Peach Ice Cream;
- Whip up some Fresh Peach and Honey Lemonade.
Make sure to pin this hack in case you ever need to peel a peach or a huge amount of peaches 🙂
How to Perfectly Peel a Peach
- Saucepan of boiling water
- Add water to a large saucepan and bring to a rapid boil
- Using a sharp knife score the bottom of your peaches with an X
- Add the scored peaches to rapidly boiling water for about 45 seconds
- Remove from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and pop them into a little ice bath (a large bowl filled with water and ice)
- Remove them from the ice bath with a slotted spoon and peel - the skin should just come right away