How To: Blanch and Peel Fresh Peaches

 

We’ve all seen it: beautiful jars of Granny’s canned peaches put up for winter.  There’s nothing better than cracking open a freshly canned jar of peaches in the dead of a miserable winter!  When we were kids my mom would barter with our neighbor…he’d do work on our house, she’d pay him in peaches!  But for some the chore of peeling fresh peaches seems daunting…well not anymore! I’ve watched my mom (and helped out for many, many years) blanch, peel and slice bushels of fresh peaches.  Now I’m going to show you how simple it is!

First, and this step is going to sound stupid (and maybe quite obvious to some) but let me tell you, the first time you forget to do it you’re gonna feel really stupid, take the stickers off of all of your peaches!  Now you are ready to begin!

It’s helpful if you have a steamer pot or pasta pot like the one shown in my pictures, but if you don’t it’s not a problem.  Boil a pot of water.  Once the water is boiling, take the pot off of the heat and place your peaches in the boiling water.  Allow the peaches to sit in the water for 1-2 minutes.  If your peaches were not super ripe, you may want to wait up to 3 minutes but be sure not to leave them in too long…they’ll get mushy.

Peaches in hot water bath.
Peaches out of hot water bath, draining.

 

While you’re waiting for the peaches to blanch, fill a sink with cold water.  I sometimes even put some ice cubes in my water just to make sure it’s nice and cold.  When your 1-2 minutes is up, take the peaches out of the hot water and place them immediately in the cold water.  Let them sit for about 2 minutes.

Peaches in ice water bath.

 

Peel the peaches by taking a paring knife and carefully cutting the skin of the peach. Pull back the skin carefully….the skin should come right off easily.

Peaches should now peel easily.

 

Slice the peaches off of the pit, and you my friend have peaches that are ready for canning, putting into a pie or a Fabulous Peach Torte, or to just enjoy right out of the bowl.

Slice peaches right off of the pit.

 

YUM!  Fresh peaches that would make Granny proud!  There, now that wasn’t so hard…was it?   :-D

 

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