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.