How to Peel Peaches
While biting into a fresh, ripe peach is one of the great pleasures of summer, there are lots of other moments when you might prefer a peeled peach. For pies and cobblers, jams and other canned goodies or smoothies, you might not want any of the fuzzy skin on your peach slices. Luckily, there's an easy way to peel peaches that doesn't require any special knife skills. The best way to peel peaches is to use both boiling and freezing water to remove the skin, and it's shockingly easy. Even better, you can peel a whole peck of peaches this way. Step by step, here's how to peel peaches.
How to Blanch & Peel Peaches
The easiest way to peel peaches is by blanching them briefly in boiling water, then quickly chilling them in an ice bath to separate the skin from the peach.
How to Peel Peaches with a Peeler
For firm or slightly underripe peaches, you can use a sharp vegetable peeler.
How to Pit and Slice Peeled Peaches
Once your peach is peeled, use a paring knife to slice all the way around the fruit. The peach will be slippery, so be careful.
Slice the peach and use any way you please. For more on peaches, learn how to store peaches.