3 Easy Ways to Peel A Peach (To Use in Recipes & Freeze)

Summer peaches are the best when they are ripened correctly and the juice just overflows in your mouth.  We often go peach picking in the summer.

The only downfall is that peaches don’t last very long.  Many Recipes call for peeled peaches.  Here is how to peel a peach for recipes or to freeze peaches.

Remember to choose ripe but firm peaches for easier peeling. After peeling, you can slice or dice the peaches as needed for your baking recipe.

Also, consider using a paper towel to wipe off any excess fuzz that might remain on the peaches after peeling.

how to peel a peach

Unlike apples that you can use a peeler, handheld or automatic, peaches are too fragile for this. If you follow these directions peeling peaches will not be as dreadful as you think.


I have found that if you set everything up near your stove top, peeling peaches is less of a chore and you won’t dread when they all ripen at the same time.

Supplies You Need for Easy Peach Peeling

  • Pot of Boiling Water
  • Bowl of Ice Water
  • Pairing Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Extra Bowl for Cut Fruit


  1. Steam Method:
    • Fill a pot with a small amount of water and bring it to a simmer.
    • Place a steamer basket or colander over the simmering water.
    • Score a small “X” on the bottom of each peach and place them in the steamer basket.
    • Cover the pot with a lid and steam the peaches for about 1 to 2 minutes.
    • Transfer the peaches to a bowl of ice water and let them cool for a moment.
    • The skin should now be easy to peel off using your fingers or a knife.  



    • Blanching Method:
      • Bring a pot of water to a boil.
      • Gently place the peaches into the boiling water for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
      • Using a slotted spoon, remove the peaches and immediately place them in a bowl of ice water.
      • Allow the peaches to cool for a moment before peeling off the skin.


Recipes that you Need to Use Peeled Peaches

Should peaches be peeled for peach pie

It’s a great thing not to have to peel peaches for pies. Saves time and energy. . The skin of the peach will add color and flavor to the pie.

 Peach Blueberry Crumble Recipe
Peach Pie
Peach Crumble Pie

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In fact, the longer you put your peach in the boiling water, the “unripe” peach will peel faster too. 

how to peel a peach

how to peel peach

How to Peel A Peach (To Use in Recipes & Freeze)

Yield: NA
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: easy

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  • Peaches


  • Pot of Boiling Water
  • Bowl of Ice Water
  • Paring Knife
  • Cutting Board


  1. With a Paring knife, cut an X on the bottom of the peach how to peel peach
  2. Place in Boiling Water for 20-50 seconds or until skin begins to peel back (depends on how ripe your peach is) how to peel peach
  3. Remove with a slotted spoon. Immediately place in an ice water bath to cool the peaches and stop the cooking process. how to peel a peach
  4. Use a paring knife to peel the skin, which should easily peel off.
  5. Cut and use in recipes or freeze Peaches

Can you peel peaches with a vegetable peeler?

The best tool for peeling a peach is one that will take off the skin without removing too much of the flesh. You want an instrument that is sharp enough not to bruise the fruit while peeling it. For firm peaches, a sharp vegetable peeler is your best bet.



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