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Peeling Peaches the Easiest Way

Posted by Denise on July 29, 2011

peeled peaches the easy way

Peeling peaches is not time consuming when you know the trick to make it quick and easy.

If you are like me, you are very busy with family, friends, church, work and other worthwhile things demanding our time. The thought of peeling lots of peaches to make something delicious sometimes makes me put off baking until I have more time. Yeah, right. On top of that, it seems that no matter how carefully I try to peel a peach, I feel that I lose quite a bit of good fruit with the peel when I use a knife.

A couple of years ago I tried a method that I had heard about for peeling peaches with very little effort. And it is really fast to do. It takes only the peaches and a pot of boiling water. I can peel 12 peaches in about 5 minutes using this method and it removes only the thin skin. No wasted peach flesh!

Select a pot that will allow you to fit in 3-5 peaches at a time with enough water to cover them without boiling over. Remember that the fruit will displace some water when you add them to the pot and plan accordingly!

Place each peach (Did you notice I didn’t say “drop the peach”. You don’t want to splash hot water on yourself or bruise the fruit. J),  a few at a time, in the boiling water. Using a slotted spoon, fish each peach out almost immediately (5-10 seconds) after you place it in the water. Test one to see if that is enough time. The skin should start to slide right off. If it does not, leave them in for another second or two. You want to take them out of the water quickly because you do not the flesh underneath the skin to start to cook, only to loosen the skin. Once the peaches are out of the water, gently slide the skins off. The skin should come off in large pieces.

How easy is that! And so quick with no waste. Peach pie, anyone?



Easiest Way to Peel Peaches

Peeled peaches 



1        Pan of boiling water

          As many peaches as you need to peel

          Slotted spoon








1.  Boil water in a pot large enough to cover 3 or 4 peaches at a time without boiling over the edges of the pot.

boiling water for peeling peaches 



2.   Place peaches, 3 or 4 at a time, into the water and take out of the water within 5-10 seconds or when skin slips easily from the peach flesh.


peaches in boiling water 



3.  Drain and peel peaches.

peach skins slipping off 





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