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Blanching Peaches

Blanching Peaches is the perfect way to prepare them before preserving, to peel them or to pre-cook it for other recipes! It’s EASY, FAST and you already have everything you need right in your kitchen!

A photo of the insides of the peaches

 

Why This Recipe Works

  • FAST
  • EASY
  • You already have everything you need

Here’s How You Do It

STEP 1. Boil a large pot of water.

A saucepan on a cooktop with steam rising and bubbles from bottom

Heat on High until comes to a full rolling boil

 

STEP 2. Gather supplies, Cut an X on the bottom of the peaches, and submerge into the boiling water. 

***Gather tongs, kitchen spider or large slotted spoon for this job. Using the tool for the Peaches you are blanching, gently put the fruit in boiling water.

hand dropping peach into boiling water

 

STEP 3. Shocking.

***Plunge the Peaches into ice water immediately to stop the cooking process. Allow to soak for 2-3 minutes. Then remove, dry on paper towels and use for your recipe.

moving peaches from boiling water to ice bath with kitchen spider

STEP 4. Drain and remove the skin

using a paring knife to peel the skin off the peach

 

Why Do You Blanch Peaches?

There are several reasons you might blanch Peaches that includes:

  • Preparing for freezing
  • To remove the skin.
  • Pre Cooking it

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ’s about Blanching Peaches

Why Do You Have To Blanch Peaches?

It scalds the Peaches to prepare it in certain ways…

  • Blanching for freezing stops the enzyme action that cause loss of color, flavor and texture.
  • Blanching will also remove the peach skin.

What Will Happen If I Don’t Blanch the Peaches?

When you simply freeze a Peaches without blanching it first, the Peach is likely to become more mushy when you thaw it. The color will be less vibrant and sadly, many of the nutrients may be gone and broken down by the ice crystals.

How Long Should You Blanch Peaches? 

Blanch Peaches in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. You will see it change colors to a bright green and that’s how you know to remove it from the water. 

Can I Blanch Peaches in the Microwave? 

Technically, it’s possible in the microwave, but it isn’t the best way to because the water doesn’t actually boil like it does on the stovetop.

Does Blanching Peaches Remove the Nutrients? 

According to the USDA, no, it actually preserves the nutrients! 

What Does a Blanched Peach Taste Like?

  • Blanched Peaches tastes like itself. You are not cooking the Peaches completely. .
  • There’s no taste change, blanching just preserves the texture, color and nutrients.

a bowl of peach salsa with limes and chips

Tips and Tricks 

  • Gather all of your tools, pots and pans and other equipment before starting this project. You don’t want to have hot water bubbling away and not have everything else you need.
  • Put water in a large bowl in the sink but don’t add the ice until you are just ready to plunge the Peaches in. That way your ice won’t all melt before you need it.
  • Only put a few pieces of Peaches into the heated water at first. You don’t’ want to reduce the simmer with the Peaches you put in. Things will go more quickly if you do fewer pieces at a time.
  • Remove the iced Peaches to a colander or a towel lined baking sheet to drain. You will want the Peaches as dry as possible before packing into the freezer bags.
  • Here’s where you can read more about Peaches than you wanted to know!

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Blanching Peaches

Blanching Peaches is the PERFECT way to preserve the nutrient packed fruit for later use!  You’ll have peaches for all kinds of recipes when you know how to blanch peaches! 
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blanching peaches, how to blanch peaches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
ice bath time, drying and packing: 10 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 18kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 1 lb peaches fresh
  • 2 tbs lemon juice

Instructions

  • Put a large stock pot of 4 quarts of water on to boil over high heat on the stove top.
  • While waiting for the water to heat, gather your other supplies. Place a large bowl in the sink with 1 Quart of water in it. Do not add the ice until just before adding peaches to the boiling water.
  • When water comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium so that water is at a hard simmer.
  • Add ice to the bowl of water in the sink.
  • Add your peaches to the boiling water quickly using tongs or other tool. Only add a few to the water at a time so that the water does not lose its boil
  • Allow the fruit to stay in the water just long enough to begin to change colors. You'll notice the color dulls.
  • Remove the peaches and plunge immediately into the ice water bath. Allow to soak there for 2-3 minutes. Then remove to a bowl and coat with 2 tbs of lemon juice to preserve color.

Notes

  • Gather all of your tools, pots and pans and other equipment before starting this project.  You don’t want to have boiling water bubbling away and not have everything else you need. 
  • Put water in a large bowl in the sink but don’t add the ice until you are just ready to plunge the peaches in.  That way your ice won’t all melt before you need it. 
  • Only put a few peaches into the boiling water at first.  You don't’ want to reduce the simmer with the peaches you put in. Things will go more quickly if you do fewer pieces at a time. 
  • Remove the iced peaches to a bowl and use the lemon juice, this keeps the peaches from browning. 
PRO TIP:  Cut an X on the bottom of the peach before you put it in the blanching water and this will help remove the skin.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Blanching Peaches
Amount Per Serving
Calories 18 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 148IU3%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wendi Spraker

Friday 15th of November 2019

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John

Sunday 6th of October 2019

This recipe is amazing!!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 6th of October 2019

Hi John, Thanks!

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