How to Peel a Peach

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Peeling a peach with a knife is tricky and often very messy. Using a technique called blanching, you can easily peel a peach with only a few steps and none of the difficulties of peeling it another way. All you need is boiling and icy water to get started peeling your peaches.

Things You'll Need

  • Peach
  • Pot of boiling water
  • Bowl of ice water
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Knife
  • Wash the peach thoroughly under cold water. Be gentle but firm. You want to remove all the soft fuzzy that covers the skin of the peach as well as any lingering chemicals that were used by the growers.

  • On the stove, in a small pot bring water to boil on high. While the water is coming to a boil, take the bowl and place the ice in it with cold water. Once the water is rapidly boiling, turn the stove off but leave the pot on the stove.

  • Gently place your peach in the pot and leave it in the boiling water for 45 seconds. Get the peach out of the water with a slotted spoon.

  • Immediately place the peach in the ice water and let it sit for 10 to 20 seconds. This stops the actual fruit from cooking.

  • Take the peach out of the ice water and gently cut the peel of the peach with a paring knife at the side of the end of the peach.

  • Carefully, peel the skin off of the peach. This should be easy but if it is difficult, place the peach back in the boiling water for another 30 seconds and then back in the ice water. This should remove the skin from the fruit.

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