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how to peel a peach

A couple hours after walking in the door from vacation, I reluctantly drove myself to the grocery store and walked around tossing unappealing items into my grocery cart. Post-vacation blues were kicking in, but this task had to be done. Ugh.

But then. Then I spotted the peaches and knew it was all going to be ok.

August Colorado Peaches

August might be the Sunday to your weekend or summer vacation (as my teacher friends used to say before Ellen did), but it’s also peach season in Colorado. Thank the heavens.

Go get yourself some fuzzy seasonal peaches, and we’ll meet back here in a day with more ideas, okay? For now, here’s how my mom taught me to peel peaches without losing any of the good stuff.

Bring water to a boil, and set in your fresh peaches for 1 minute.

blanching peaches to peel

Remove peaches from the water and submerge in ice water to stop the cooking process.

submerge blanched peaches in ice water bath

Gently rub your fingers over the peeling. The peels should come right off.


how to peel a peach

If right about now you don’t understand why I would peel a peach, just look at these pretty things!

how to peel peaches

Peaches sliced up with fresh cream on top? The August antidote to post-vacation blues.

peaches and cream

How to Peel a Peach

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Author: Heather Bursch


  • Water
  • Ice
  • Fresh unpeeled peaches


  • Fill a pot with water. Leave space at the top so the weight of your peaches doesn't make it overflow!
  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Fill a large bowl half full with water and 2 cups of ice, set aside for the end.
  • In the pan of boiling water, gently set in peaches one at a time.
  • Set the timer for 1 minute.
  • With a slotted spoon, lift out each peach and put straight into ice water to stop any cooking.
  • Let them set in the cold water while you remove one at a time to peel.
  • Starting at the top near the stem, gently pull down on the skin of the peach with our fingers to get the peeling started. The peels should come right off!
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Evie eating peaches and cream

how to peel a peach the easy way



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