When it comes to processing fresh fruit often times recipes call that you peel peaches of their skin. But really who wants to stand for hours on end slowly cutting away the skin? Plus, you end up losing a lot of the fruit in this process. The easiest way to peel peaches is by a process known as blanching peaches.
How to peel peaches for food preservation and baking.
To peel peaches easily, you will want to start with fresh and ripe peaches. You will bring a pot of water to a boil. You want a pot that is big enough that it can fully submerge the peaches. If it isn’t big enough to do all the peaches at one time, that is no problem. You can work in smaller batches as well.
Take each peach and with a small knife lightly cut a small X on the bottom of the peach. It doesn’t need to be deep, just enough to break the skin.
Simply place each peach into the boiling water for approximately 30-45 seconds. It is best to use a slotted spoon to drop the peaches into the water and to remove them.
After you remove the peach from the boiling water you may even have evidence of just how easy this will end up being for yourself. Due to the slits in the peach skin and the blanching of the pouch, the skin begins to peal off on its own. See, I told you it was easy to peel peaches with this method!
After removing the peach from the boiling water, you want to immediately place it in ice water. I literally do mean ice water. The colder the better. I filled up my bowl with ice first and then added just enough water that it would allow the peaches to be submerged. After a few rounds of 5 peaches each, the ice starts to quickly melt so a lot of ice is very important when doing a lot of peaches.
After a minute or two the peaches will have cooled enough that you can handle them. Then you can merely pick them up and the skins literally slide right off. If you happen to have one that is more difficult, just put it back into the boiling water for another 20-30 seconds and then back into the ice water.
Blanching peaches turns a very long and tedious job into a very short and easy job! I was able to get over 30 peaches peeled in approximately 10 minutes. Now if only removing the pits were this easy!
Peeled peaches can now be used for food preservation such as freezing peaches or canning peaches. They can also be used in baked goods such as pies, cobbler and jams. Or they can even be eaten fresh on ice cream, mixed in with yogurts, cereal, or fruit salads.
And let’s not forget to mention that the same process to peel peaches can also be used to easily peal other soft produce like tomatoes!