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How to Blanch Peaches

You can learn how to blanch peaches and peel and pit them easily and effectively without any waste.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Snack
Author: Meymi


  • Med-large pot


  • Peaches
  • Water
  • Ice cubes


  • Bring a med-large pot of water to a boil.  The water should completely cover the peaches. It is 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 on to the bottom of the peaches.
  • 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).
  • Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon so you won’t be taking any hot water. Place the peaches into an ice water bath to stop cooking.  Let them stay in an ice water bath for almost 1 minute.
  • 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.
  • 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 to separate the halves. Using your fingers or a knife, remove the pit.


How Long 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.