You can learn how to peel and pit peaches easily and effectively without any waste.

Peeled peaches after blanching peaches

Before I share my peach bars, I want to share how to peel a peach post which you can refer to when you want to peel peaches or even tomatoes with blanching method.  I’ll continue with how to pit peaches. This post’s aim is to show you how you can avoid any waste of peaches. 

Why You Should Try Blanching

You can definitely peel peaches with a knife or a vegetable peeler but sometimes peaches are so soft that it will be easier to use blanching method.  Whether your peaches are ripe or not there will be no waste of peaches by blanching which makes this method appealing. 

If you need to peel lots of peaches, I highly recommend blanching. 

Please note that if the peaches are too stiff as a rock, this method won’t work effectively.

What is Blanching?

  • It is a technique that is mostly used to keep vegetables’ and fruits’ color, texture and nutritional value as fresh as possible.
  • Blanching method is also used to remove the skin of some vegetables and fruits.  Peaches and tomatoes are the most commonly used ones for this purpose.
  • Besides you can use blanching to remove any bitter taste of the orange skins while making candied orange peels.  This method can also be used while making candied lemon slices.

Blanching step is very easy.  First, the food is placed in boiling water for some time depending on the food, then shocked; food is placed in ice-cold water to stop cooking, keeping its color, texture and nutritional value. 

Peeling peaches after blanching the peaches

How Long Does it Take to Blanch Peaches?

It can take anywhere from 20 seconds to 2 minutes depending on the ripeness of the peach.

As there is no specific answer to how long to blanch peaches, it is best to test one of the peaches to understand how much time is needed, then you can blanch peaches in batches with that amount of time.  

If you keep the peaches in water too short, they won’t peel, if you keep them too long than needed, they’ll be mushy.  So testing one of the peaches is a good way to start. Even if you make it wrong with one peach, you’ll get an idea of how to make it right with others.

Peeled peaches on a wooden background for how to peaches post

You can see this technique in peach bread recipe.  You can also blanch peaches when making this delicious peach pie recipe, peach breakfast coffee, jams and many other yummy recipes.  

How to Peel Peaches

Bring a med-large pot of water to a boil.  The water should completely cover the peaches.  I use almost 2 liters for 3-4 peaches.

While the water is boiling, prepare an ice water bath for shocking the peaches to avoid them cooking: fill a large bowl with cold water and ice, set aside.

Make a shallow “X” sign at the bottom of the peaches. Later as the peaches expand, you can start to peel the peaches from there.   The “X” sign is a must especially when you are blanching tomatoes but you don’t necessarily need that sign for peaches, but I make it just in case. 

How to Peel Peaches: Making a “X”sign on the bottom of a peach

Place peaches in boiling water for almost 25 seconds to 2 minutes depending on the ripeness of the peaches to loosen their skin.  As I mentioned before, make a test with one peach to understand the amount of time needed. 

You can also start to peel from the top, in some cases some peaches’ skin starts to loosen from the top quickly.  I’ll show how to peel from the top later below. So if you skip this step that’s fine, this method will still work. You can even score anywhere and start to peel from there.

How to Peel Peaches step by step: Peaches in boiling water.

Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon so you won’t be taking any hot water, then place the peaches into an ice water bath to stop cooking. 

Let them stay in an ice water bath for almost 1 minute.  

How to Peel Peaches step by step: Peaches in ice cold water.

Then you can remove the skin with your hands or use a pairing knife if needed. The sign “X” you made will let the skin easily removable. 

 You can also peel from the very top. First, try to pull a small part, it should easily come off. 

How to Peel Peaches step by step: Pulling a small part of the peach's skin from the top

Then you can start to peel with your fingers.      

How to Peel Peaches step by step: Peeling a peach with fingers after blanching peaches.

You can see that peeling the peaches is a sticky process but it is worth as you can see from the picture below.

How to Peel Peaches step by step: Holding the skin of the peach between the fingers

How to Pit Peaches

Using a sharp knife (I use a chef knife in the picture below but pairing knife is fine too) cut the peaches from middle top to bottom.  Your knife should be touching the pit while doing this.

How to Pit Peaches step by step: Cutting the peaches from middle top to bottom.

Then hold the peach with your hands and gently twist it with your hands to separate the halves.

How to Pit Peaches step by step: Peach cut in half, pit in the middle

Next using your fingers or a knife, remove the pit.

How to Pit Peaches: Halved Peaches, pit removed
I hope you enjoy this post and make delicious recipes with peaches!

How to Peel Peaches
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins
 

You can learn how to peel and pit peaches easily and effectively without any waste.

Course: Snack
Keyword: peeling peaches without a knife, blanching peaches,
Author: Pastry and Beyond
Ingredients
  • Peaches
  • Water
  • Ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Bring a med-large pot of water to a boil.  The water should completely cover the peaches.  I use almost 2 liters for 3-4 peaches.

  2. While the water is boiling, prepare an ice water bath for shocking the peaches to avoid them cooking: fill a large bowl with cold water and ice, set aside. Make a shallow “X” sign on to the bottom of the peaches.

  3. Place peaches in boiling water for almost 20-30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on the ripeness of the peaches to loosen their skin. (Please read the notes below in the recipe card).

  4. Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon so you won’t be taking any hot water, then place the peaches into an ice water bath to stop cooking.  Let them stay in an ice water bath for almost 1 minute.

  5. You can remove the skin with your hands or use a pairing knife if needed. The sign “X” you made will let the skin easily removable. You can also peel from the very top. Pull a small part from the top with your fingers, it may easily come off. Then you can start to peel with your fingers.

  6. If you want to pit the peaches, using a sharp knife cut the peaches from middle top to bottom.  Your knife should be touching the pit while doing this. Then hold the peach with your hands and gently twist it with your hands to separate the halves. Next using your fingers or a knife, remove the pit.

Recipe Notes

How Long Does it Take to Blanch Peaches? It can take from 20 seconds to 2 minutes depending on the ripeness of the peach.  As there is no specific answer to how long to blanch peaches, it is best to test one of the peaches to understand how much time is needed, then you can blanch peaches in batches with that amount of time.  

If you keep the peaches in water too short, they won’t peel, if you keep them too long than needed, they’ll be mushy.  So testing one of the peaches is a good way to start. Even if you make it wrong with one peach, you’ll get an idea of how to make it right with others.

This method doesn't work too effectively with extra stiff peaches.

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