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Blanching Peaches

Peeling Peaches is the PERFECT way to enjoy this lovely fruit !  You’ll have peaches for all kinds of recipes when you know how to peel peaches! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 mins
ice bath time, drying and packing10 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to peel peaches, peeling peaches
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 18kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • large stock pot
  • large bowl
  • Stove
  • tongs or kitchen spider
  • baking sheet
  • paper towels
  • freezer resealable bags
  • Sharpie marker

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.
  • After 2-3 minutes in the ice water, the skin will begin to peel at the X on the bottom, use a pairing knife to pull the skin off. Cut off what doesn't peel easily.

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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

Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg