Easiest Way To Peel Peaches and 5 Delicious Peach Recipes

Last Updated on June 14, 2018 by Diane Hoffmaster

Many, many years ago, my mom taught me the easiest way to peel peaches and I have been using it ever since. Knowing how to peel peaches comes in handy when one lives in the peach state!  Here in Georgia, I have an abundant selection of fresh peaches every summer and I like to stock up when they are cheap.  Of course, peaches go bad very quickly. When you get them, freeze them back for use in your favorite peach recipes during the fall and winter months. I am going to share my peach peeling method with you, as well as a few easy peach recipes for you to try. They are great in frozen wine cocktails if you are feeling adventurous!

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How to Peel Fresh Peaches

How can you tell if a peach is ripe?

So, how do you know if a peach is ripe?  You don’t want to freeze back unripe peaches because the flavor will be ‘eh’ and you will be disappointed.  You really need to freeze peaches at the peak of freshness to maximize flavor.  So, here is how you can choose a ripe peach:

    • Color:  Don’t choose a pale peach.  Color can vary depending on variety but it should be a deep, rich color.
    • Texture: You can tell if a peach is ripe or not by a gentle, yet firm press of your thumb. If there’s a little bit of a give, the fruit is almost ripe but not quite.
    • Skin Texture:  You can tell a ripe peach  by looking for signs of shriveled skin around the stem. If there are wrinkles, your peach is ready to eat.

Do peaches continue to ripen after being picked? Yes.  They can ripen after being picked. However, peaches that are picked too green will not ripen, no matter what you do. It is best to buy them ALMOST ripe if you don’t need them that day. Just put them on the counter at room temperature and they will ripen within a few days.  Refrigerate them when they are ripe and use within a few days.

Easiest Way to Peel Peaches

How do you soften hard peaches?

So, you bought peaches that are just too hard to use right now in your favorite peach recipes.  Now what?  How do you soften hard peaches in a hurry?  Follow these easy steps:

  1. Get a brown paper bag
  2. Add your unripe peaches to the bag and fold the end over tightly
  3. Let the peaches sit in a dry area at room temperature for 24 hours
  4. Check your peaches for ripeness and leave longer as needed
  5. Enjoy your peaches in your favorite peach recipe!

 Easiest Way To Peel Peaches

Easiest Way To Peel Peaches

Now that you have picked the perfect peach, you are ready to start peeling!  Peeling a fresh peach can be a little tricky if you just grab a peach and a paring knife. If you really want to peel peaches in bulk just follow these easy directions!

  1. Make sure your peaches are fresh and not over ripe.
  2. Wash them under cool water and pat dry.
  3. If you find a bad spot, just cut it out with a paring knife
  4. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.
  5. Gently drop the peaches into the boiling water with a slotted spoon.  Make sure they are completely submerged.  Let them sit for 1 minute.  (very ripe peaches will need only 45 seconds, slightly under ripe ones will need up to 90 seconds)
  6. Remove the peaches from the water with the slotted spoon and immediately place in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  7. Now you are ready to peel peaches…no knife required!

  Easiest Way To Peel Peaches


Now that you have finished blanching peaches, you are ready to start peeling them.  First,  remove the peach from the ice bath.  Then, gently remove the skin from the peach with your fingers.  It should just peel right off! If it doesn’t, you will have to put it back in the boiling water for a few more seconds.  Then, try again.

  Easiest Way To Peel Peaches

Once your peaches are completely peeled, grab a knife and slice from top to bottom, all the way to the pit.  Remove slices and either place in a bag for freezing or use immediately in your favorite peach recipe.

This is seriously the easiest way to peel peaches and you will be buying them in bulk in no time!

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Delicious Peach Recipes to Try

Living in the Peach State means I eat a lot of peaches!  Here are a few delicious peach recipes to use up those frozen peaches in.

Now that you know the easiest way to peel peaches, you can try TONS of peach recipes this summer!

Have any other peach peeling tips to share?

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
    Can you believe that I have never baked with peaches before. We go peach picking every year, but they get eaten before I ever had a chance to bake with them. This is so good to know, though!
  2. Mmm... that looks so good and that is a great trick for peeling tomatoes too- I never tried it on peaches but I will now.
  3. Oh my, that is so simple! I never knew this, So gonna have to try this! They have white peaches on sale right now, they are SO good.
  4. I had to pin this so I don't forget. I'm totally trying this next time. Thanks so much!
  5. I second this advice! This method works great on tomatoes too.
  6. Amy Desrosiers says
    I love this! I use this method for my tomatoes as well!
    • yes, and Im sure it would work for plums, nectarines and apricots and other soft fleshed fruits. It is amazingly quick!
  7. How easy! I've wasted so long peeling them the hard way!
  8. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos says
    So simple, thanks for the tip. I hated peeling peaches cause it never works right - I'll try this next time!
  9. We call that blanching peaches, and I use it all the time! It really works amazing. It saves my sanity as I usually process up to 30 quarts of peaches canned and 10 lbs of peaches to be frozen for the winter!
    • That is amazing...I am a very impatient cook and never really felt comfortable canning...it kindof terrifies me! I do love peaches though...wish I had a nice cheap source of them. I would do this more often!
  10. I have honestly never tried this to peel peaches! It looks so easy.
  11. I have done this before and it is so easy. Definitely makes peeling stress free.
  12. So that's how it is done! You make it look so easy! And the peaches look amazing by the way. I love the last pic! Yum!
  13. That's almost how you can do tomatoes too! I didn't realize!
  14. oh wow I never knew this, I would have used a paring knife and missed all the good stuff!
  15. Ann Bacciaglia says
    Love this idea! Great tips that I need to try.
  16. Oh my gosh. That IS easier! I don't know the last time I peeled a peach but now I know the trick.
  17. I don't usually peel peaches. We eat them with the skin or buy then canned for baking. But this is good to know in case I want to try baking with fresh peaches.

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