Introduction: Best Way to Peel Peaches

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Stone fruit season is by far the most delicious time of year. Learning the best way to peel peaches has made eating lots and lots of them quickly, super easy. Peach pie, peach cobbler, peach jam, peach juice, peach compote, peach ice cream, etc. :)

Step 1: Choosing Your Fruit

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The easiest peaches to peel are ripe ones. So make sure you take the time to pick ones that are soft to soft-ish as opposed to hard*.

*If all you can find are hard ones, not to worry, I'll tell you the best way to peel those too in Step 4.

Step 2: Supplies

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Here's what you'll need:

- large cook pot filled with water
- slotted spoon
- large bowl filled with ice and water
- ripe peaches (of course!)

Step 3: Warm It Up

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Boil the water in the pot, and using the slotted spoon, lower the peaches into the water one by one. Leave them in for 30 seconds, turning the floating ones over often so that the entire skins get a decent amount of time in the water.

After 30 seconds, remove them all from the water and place them in a strainer.

Step 4: Plunge & Peel

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Plunge the peaches into the ice water for 30 seconds each and use your fingers to remove the peels. If the peaches were ripe, the skin will just slide off. If the peach was just kind of ripe, the skin will take a bit more coaxing from your fingers. If the peaches weren't ripe at all, you will need to use a knife to remove the skin. (It should still be easier than if you hadn't done the hot/cold process.)

Now you can get busy making those pies. If you happen to have extra, let me know! ;)


tallemertes (author)2015-08-03

Why would you peel peaches?

PrestonW1 (author)tallemertes2015-08-23

Because to make peach pie or Peaches and Cream you need the peaches peeled well I prefer peeled peaches in Peaches and Cream but it is not necceessary exept for the Pie!

244 Jake (author)tallemertes2015-08-23

Non country people...

We know that 90% of the "good for us" is in the skins of most fruit and vegetables.

It is Ok, they are happy without them, we are happy eating the skins of Apple, Potatoes, Grapes... ETC.

Best Regards

244 Jake

Theredhead77 (author)tallemertes2015-08-21

Why peel peaches? To get rid of that icky, yukky peach fuzz! Ewww!!!

lamerex4 (author)tallemertes2015-08-20

To can them!

For pies of course. Otherwise I love them just the way they are too. ;)

xarlock667 (author)2015-08-20

Um, one question, having bitten into MANY yummy succulent peaches, why the hells would you peel it? The texture of the skin adds to the experience.

gricar (author)xarlock6672015-08-21

Some people are allergic to the skin but not to the fruit itself.

xarlock667 (author)gricar2015-08-21

But havent you heard of either an epi-pen, or dying with a smile???

JenniferL30 made it! (author)2015-08-20

It's the ONLY way to process the amount of tomatoes that I do every year! Because I grow all indeterminate varieties, I'm at it all summer long, and I do not include the skins for sauces, paste, and juices.

peads92470 (author)JenniferL302015-08-21

Beautiful tomatoes!

peads92470 (author)peads924702015-08-21

I spent 13 years in Charlotte. It is beautiful, if a bit humid in the summer. I loved it too. Had a bit of culture shock at first though.

peads92470 (author)peads924702015-08-21

Lucky you! I'm in southern New England. We have a short growing season!

JenniferL30 (author)peads924702015-08-21

Born and (almost) raised in East Central CT on a chicken farm ... Cambridge, MA ... Saratoga Springs, NY ... 20 years in NH ... 2 years in Southern CA desert ... 20 years in NC (LOVE) now 2+ years in TN. All of my peeps stll in NE, including my 86 y/o Mom.

JenniferL30 (author)peads924702015-08-21

Thanks friend. What I can't grow I buy from the Amish in KY, 10 minutes away! What part of the world are you writing from? Have a wonderful day!

Boogity (author)2015-08-21

Just like tomatoes. Thanks.

Bella0359 (author)2015-08-21

Eat a Nectarine =)

imperio (author)2015-08-21

I have seen so many things .... but it's the first time I see a striptease of a peach!


ChuckieBob58 (author)2015-08-20

Skins have vitamins and fiber, no?

Silver2107 (author)2015-08-20

Well, I live in Georgia, the peach state, and I'm writing to tell you this instructable is making my mouth water!

SirCooksalot (author)2015-08-20

So weird how like 90 people are saying "Why would you skin a peach or a tomato?" Whaaat?!? Um, for pies,cobblers,jams,canning,sauces,pickling. Nobody peels a peach to eat it like an apple, you just wash it and eat the skin naturally. Likewise with eating fresh tomatoes. FYI, you can do this to peppers and there's a very good reason to... Pepper skins are indigestible and cause some people (like me) stomach upset, but if I skin the peppers I'm fine. Also, a roasted pepper should be skinned so it's good for that too. Bon appetit

boocat (author)2015-08-20

My grandmother used to do this! Thanks for reminding me.

ladybgood (author)2015-08-20

for jam i use them skin and all. never made pies so I don't know but when cooked the fuzz disappears, at least in the jam. Besides fuzz is just evil to touch. I hate it! My mom hate it. Gives us the willies just thinking about touching it and that peeler thing put my teeth on edge.

LJHcreating (author)2015-08-03

But why not use this? Easy, cheap, convenient, and it can peel nearly every fruit

Tweakerz (author)LJHcreating2015-08-20

Why not use that...because it is filthy perhaps?

Seriously though unless someone dislikes the skin or it is required for whatever is being prepared just eat it skin and all! I wasn't aware of the ability to skin using the hot/cold method until now.

namora (author)Tweakerz2015-08-20

I believe this works for tomatoes also.

Gummi bear (author)LJHcreating2015-08-04

From my experience, it can take a while using a peeler if you have to work with more than just a couple of fruits. But if you only need to peel just one or two, those are the best!!

alitasali (author)2015-08-04

nice instruction :)

thank you

good to peel because skins might contain insectiside/chemicals, etc. if not organic...

RobertA2 (author)alitasali2015-08-20

I hope you're kidding. Insecticides, Organic? The term Organic is a bigger scam than what Bernie Madoff did. Vitamins & Nutrients are in the skin as well as the inside.

tomas75a (author)alitasali2015-08-13

If the skin of a fruit contains that, the entire fruit will as well. Just for your information.

lexip (author)2015-08-20

Oh, and forgot to say, I gather also some people do the same to poor tomatoes!

There's nothing as pleasurable as biting into the skin of a ripe and juicy tomato too (;->

lexip (author)2015-08-20

Hmmm, have only recently become aware that some people actually worry about skinning peaches!

I've never bothered and don't really understand the need to and in fact I really enjoy the texture and difference between the skin and the soft fruit (;->

ToddT (author)2015-08-20

Made those pies and yes I did have extras. Those went to work the next day for snack-time. Fellow employees drooled all the while I munched. Sorry, but your advice was an excellent, thanks.

SherriH (author)2015-08-15

I knew you could do this with potatoes,but I didnt even think about using it for peaches/fruit!

peads92470 (author)SherriH2015-08-20

I'm just wondering, did you mean tomatoes? I've never heard of doing this with potatoes but if you can, I'm going to be doing it. I hate peeling potatoes.

JenniferL30 (author)peads924702015-08-20

I hear you friend, but so long as they are scrubbed and healthy and NOT EVER GREEN, eat the skins! Nanny said that's what you're SPUD-posed to do! (gotta love Nanny's potato humor)

amberharding82 (author)2015-08-14

I've never skinned them... I'll try and see the difference

Bertdt (author)2015-08-14

Neat idea! Thanks for sharing I'm gonna give it a go!

tomas75a (author)2015-08-13

Peaches have skin? lol never knew and I've eaten quite a few :) Good one!

bruno.akun (author)2015-08-13

thanks for share

Monomann (author)2015-08-03

Gonna have to try this one. We are pretty close to picking our peaches soon!

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