Tutorial: How to Peel Peaches

CATEGORIES: How To..., Kate

I should really call this “Tutorial: How to Peel Peaches/Nectarines/Other Stone Fruits. Also, Tomatoes,” that just seemed like it wasn’t long enough, you know? So the Mighty Peach gets to be the mascot for this tutorial.

You might be saying, “Hey, Kate, it’s called a paring knife and a tiny bit of elbow grease–do we really need a tutorial?” If I’m just going to peel one peach, I’ll do it with a little knife (and inevitably cut myself in the process because that is whatΒ  I do). Actually, who am I kidding? I can’t even remember the last time I peeled a single peach–I’ll either eat it with the skin on or let it go bad because I hate peeling peaches that badly.

However, if you hate peeling peaches as much as I do and you’re willing to wait a few minutes, this a quick, easy, and fun way to peel peaches.

You’ll need peaches (shocking, right?),

A large pot of water (with an in-basket strainer if you have one),

and a bowl of ice water. But we’ll get to the ice water later. In, like, two seconds.

Bring the pot of water to a boil. When the water is almost boiling, fill a bowl with ice cubes and then fill it with cold water. When the water is boiling, take the peaches…

and add them to the boiling water. Boil them for 30 seconds, drain them, and then immediately plunge them into the bowl of ice water.

When the peaches are cool enough to handle, gently rub the skin and it will peel right off. Is it weird for me to compare it to a peeling sunburn? Because that’s what it’s like.

Those are the hands of my lovely assistant/babysitter/Diet Coke-bringer extraordinaire. I told her that I would Photoshop beautiful nails onto fingers, but what she doesn’t know is that I don’t have the foggiest clue how to go about Photoshopping beautiful fingernails onto her nails. Sorry, Laura-Dude.

In a matter of seconds, you’ll have a big pile of peeled peaches begging to be eaten. Like in, say, the recipe I’m going to post on Friday…


  1. I just learned this about two weeks ago! I also score the bottom and it helps if the peaches are a little on the ripe side. My skin comes off in one piece, it’s hardly even peeling. LOVED learning this trick, especially when making peach jam or ice cream when you have to peel a lot!

  2. Just learned you can also do this with potatoes you just score them around the center then cook till done then plunge in ice water for 10 seconds then rub off skin. πŸ™‚

  3. Scoring an “X” on the bottom before boiling them makes the skin come off even easier. I use that method for tomatoes, but didn’t know it worked on peaches, etc. Thanks, Kate-Dude:)

  4. Oh the childhood memories…. Nothing quite like being covered in peach juice to your elbows while slicing hundreds of peaches. πŸ™‚

  5. You are mind-readers! I was just getting ready to freeze a half-bushel of peaches & I had no idea how to peel them quickly. Thanks so much!!

  6. It’s even easier if you score a small cross at the bottom of the fruit/tomato, and then just peel from there when you’re ready πŸ™‚

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