How to Peel a Peach

We have posted a similar article in the past but it was a longtime ago, we had no pictures and it`s just too important to skip and we`ve learned a small trick since that helps speed things up.

The first times I preserved with peaches, I peeled them with a pairing knife.  In the course of two years I peeled about 14-3 liter baskets (about 85 pints) of peaches with a pairing knife.  The fact that my peaches had harsh edges that made them look more like a puzzle piece from Tetris rather than an organic orb was not an issue as they became jam and butterscotch.

But they were useless for peach slices.  This is what I wanted:

Peeled Peaches

Peeleing a peach is a whole lot easier when you learn that blanching them in boiling water (for as little as 30 seconds) will have the peels recoiling and the fruit bursting forward.

Here`s a couple of tricks to make this process the quickest you can:

  • Bring the water to a heavy boil before dropping a peach into it.  The peach will drop the temperature of the water (even if the peach was room temperature).  Cooler water means a longer bath and a longer bath means that there will be some cooking as well as peeling.  You want this to be as hot as possible.
  • Use a ridiculous amount of water.  The more water there is, the less the temperature will drop.
  • Use gloves to peel the peaches.  You won`t have to wait as long.
  • Do not cool the peaches in the sink.  You will lose lot`s of great juice down the drain
  • The skin should come off in small sections.  We`ve frozen our skin to dehydrate later for tea (more on that when we do it).

Last tip: buy freestone.  Freestone peaches simply allow the flesh to come off the pit with greater ease – this is essential when you`ve blanched them and things are tender and slippery at best!

  1. It’s no problem to drop the peaches in an ice bath immediately after blanching them – it stops the cooking and I’ve never had a problem with loss of flavor or juices or anything like that.

  2. The biggest trick is to only do this with peaches that are ripe enough to happily eat raw. try to peel green peaches with this trick is an excercise in annoyance! Let them ripen to luscious juicy, they peel like a dream and you can move on to the next step. try to hurry them along and they cling to their skins with determination!