I’m going to share with you how to peel peaches the easy way!
My sweet mom sent me a text this week. “Want some peaches?” she asked. The answer is always YES. We get a big shipment of peaches from Utah around this time each year, and you can buy them in bulk from the Arizona Fruit Lady. I love fresh peaches so much, but sometimes it’s a little overwhelming to know how to use them all up before they are too ripe. I decided to try freezing some this year, and found this method for peeling that I just had to share!
After the peaches are washed, cut an “X” in the bottom of each peach, just through the skin. Get a big pot of water boiling on the stovetop while you prepare your peaches.
Let the peaches sit in the boiling water for one minute, and then immediately plunge them into a bowl of ice water. When they have cooled, remove the peaches, and see how easily the peeling comes off!
We had all our peaches peeled in just a few minutes. And it’s so nice to leave ALL the flesh on the peach, rather than taking a thin layer off with a vegetable peeler or paring knife.
At this point, the peaches can be sliced, and the pit removed. You can use them in any recipe, or you can freeze them. I added some lemon juice to the cold water to keep them from turning brown. Then I placed them in an even layer in a freezer Ziploc bag. I use a straw to draw as much air out of the bag before fully sealing it.
I love knowing that there are delicious peaches all peeled, pitted, and halved just waiting for me in my freezer. When I want to make a peach cobbler this winter or add some sliced peaches to my oatmeal, I’ll be able to take out what I need from my freezer stash. Hope this little hack is helpful for you. Let me know how you like to preserve your fresh peaches.
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- pot of boiling water
- 10 fresh, ripe peaches
- large bowl of ice water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Wash peaches, and then use a paring knife to make an “X” on the bottom, just through the skin.
- Prepare a large bowl with water and ice. Set aside.
- Place the peaches in the boiling water for one minute, then quickly remove and place them in the ice bath.
- Once cooled, the peel will easily slide off. Peaches are ready to be used!
- Add lemon juice to the cold water. Remove the peaches from the ice water, one at a time, slicing them in half and removing the pit.
- Place the halved peaches back into the lemon water. Allow to soak for 3-5 minutes.
- Allow the peaches to dry on a paper towel, and then place them in an even layer in a gallon-size freezer Ziploc bag.
- Close the seal almost all the way, leaving a tiny gap for a straw. Draw as much air as you can out of the bag, and quickly pull the straw out as you seal the Ziploc bag completely. Freeze for up to 6 months.
- Use peaches in baked goods, smoothies, ice cream, yogurt, or to make jams or preserves.