3 Quick Tips on Peaches


Fresh peaches don’t last long at our house. As soon as late July arrives, we eat them as quickly as we can. Here are a few quick peach tips:

1. The first tip is one Denise shared with me to peel peaches quickly: Place the fresh peaches into a pot of boiling water for a minute or two, and then plunge them into cold water. The peels just slip right off!

2. If you’re adding peach slices to a cake, you don’t need to peel them first. Let’s say you cut up some peaches and you’re putting them into the batter for a bundt cake. (This recipe tastes really good served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.) While the cake is baking, the peach peels completely disappear. (I don’t know if this works for pies or cobbler, I haven’t tried those.)

3. Freestone peaches have pits that will separate from the peach flesh easily, so you can cut pretty slices. Clingstone peaches, well, cling.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy peaches? We eat them fresh, a couple at a time. I usually have plans to slice and freeze them for smoothies, but then I’m not quick enough and they’re all gone.
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  1. Grilled peaches are really yummy. I also like peaches with cinnamon, so in the summer a great breakfast is a sliced peach, cinnamon granola and yogurt. Yum.

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  2. A couple of weeks ago, our local produce stand was trying to recoup some cost on a bunch of bruised peaches. I got the whole box (32 peaches) for only $2! I peeled them all, using your method above (but only dunked them in the hot water for about 20-30 seconds to prevent cooking them). My wonderful husband helped me cut them all up. We measured out 4 cups and put them into quart-sized freezer bags. We added apple juice (can also use peach or white grape juices) to cover the peaches, squished the air out and put them in the freezer. Using juice doesn’t sweeten them like some other preservation methods. Now we have almost fresh peaches to make cobblers, smoothies, etc. throughout the fall and winter…long after the fresh peaches are gone!

  3. As a child, we used to travel an hour or so to a peach orchard and pick a couple bushels of peaches. When we got home, we did the hot water, cold water peel–and then mom added some sugar and froze them in ziplock bags. They were delicious all winter. My favorite–thawed and used to top vanilla ice cream. Yum! A little bit of summer in the depth of winter.

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  4. wow, it is hard to believe that a year has passed since I emailed you that little tip! I think I am marking time now with what is in season : ) I like that concept.

  5. Hands down…cut up into a bowl with a bit of sugar and milk. YUM!

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  6. The peach skins don’t disappear while a cobbler, pie, or crisp bakes, but in my opinion, the skins aren’t that big of a deal and much easier than peeling a huge batch of peaches.

  7. I didn’t know you could peel peaches by plunging them in boiling water. I love it when I learn a new tip like that. Thanks!

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  8. Fresh peaches cut up with cream and sugar was a common dessert when I was a child. We never peeled them. This is interesting to know.

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  9. Southern Gal says:

    I learned the boiling water trick from my mother-in-law and her mother. They canned all the time. Tomatoes work well with that method also. I’ll have to try the disappearing peach skin…

  10. How funny! I was just going to post about peaches…I have honestly NEVER liked peaches until this year. I guess it’s b/c I was forced to eat those slimy canned peaches in my school lunch as a kid. But let me say that fresh peaches are HEAVENLY! :)

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  11. hilarious you wrote this, because I have tons of them in the fridge and didn’t know what to do with them! Cheers!

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  12. Just found your blog and love it! We freeze sliced peaches and eat them like Popsicles during the year. Perfect for teething babies and toddlers, too.

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  13. Peaches are also the top food rated to contain the most pesticides – so it’s good to buy them organic or locally whenever possible!


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  14. I adore peaches…my favorite fruit. During the summer I eat them every morning with my Cheerios. Oh heaven!

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  15. this made me NEED (wink wink) to share my peach cream pie recipe.

    happy peach eating!

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  16. We love peaches too! Some fab ideas of ways to eat them here! I recently learned a great way to help them ripen… place them in a paper lunch bag! I purchase some ripe and some not ripe so they will last a bit longer.

  17. My favorite way to eat fresh summer peaches is with vanilla yogurt and almonds or coconut. Yum!

  18. We’ve been devouring peaches here for the past few weeks – planning to go to a local pick-your-own this weekend! My favorite way to eat them (besides gobbling them out of hand in the car just after we’ve bought them!) is sliced, with greek yogurt, kashi go lean crunch, and a generous dash of cinnamon.

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  19. Thanks for the great tips. Ours never make it into pies or dessert either. My favorite way is in my homemade plain yogurt, letting the juice fall in as I cut it, and with a little bit of sugar. Sometimes I add granola, sometimes not.

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  20. I’m making a peach sorbet right now; peaches, agave nectar and fresh squeezed lemon juice. It tasted great after blending and now it’s spinning round and round in my ice cream maker.

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