Today, in a last ditch effort to hang on to summer, my all time favorite season, I’m teaching you a really easy way to peel fresh peaches. Why peel them? Well, if you’re using your peaches for pies, tarts or sorbet (check out my Peach Lemongrass Sorbet recipe) the skin can turn into a soft, mushy mess. So I’m going to show you a simple way to get rid of that skin.
How to Peel Peaches
First, use a sharp knife and cut a small x in the bottom of the skin on each peach. Scoring the skin like this, will make the peaches easier to peel.
Next, carefully place the peaches in a pot of boiling water for about 45 seconds, maybe 10-15 seconds longer if your peaches are under-ripe. Use a slotted spoon to remove the peaches from the boiling water and immediately place them in a bowl of ice water. This is important. The cold water shocks the peaches to stop them from cooking. Get them out of the ice water as soon as they’re cool enough to handle. If you leave them in too long your peaches will get soft and mushy.
Once they’re cool, use a paring knife to peel the skin right off. You can see all the peach-peeling action in today’s video.
Once you learn How to Peel Peaches, make the most of them with my favorite peach recipes!