How to Peel Peaches

If you have ever made a dish with peaches before, I am sure you have asked yourself how to peel all of the peaches? Below I will go through my method which allows you to get the peel off easily! I find it helpful for any baked dish with a lot of peaches or for canning!

It is exciting once it is peach season, especially in Colorado where we have the Palisade peaches! There are so many dishes that you can make with this delicious fruit. I first discovered this method when making peach salsa. I make a large batch so I am able to can it and have it throughout the year. Peeling multiple pounds of peaches can be daunting, but this method makes it easy!


  1. Get out a large stockpot and fill it with water. Turn your stove to high heat and bring it to a boil.
  2. Fill a large bowl with water and ice. You want enough ice so it will be cold, but enough water so you can place your peaches in there. It will melt as you go so you may have to add more ice.
  3. Make sure you have a cutting board ready to place your peaches on and cut them up. I also think it helps if you get out a small bowl to place all of the peach peels in. Then put them all either in the trash, compost, or feed your chickens when you are done.
  4. Get out a bowl or a stockpot to put all of your peeled peaches once they are sliced or chopped.
  5. Once everything is ready, place 2-3 peaches in the boiling water at a time and set a timer for 45 seconds. how to peel peaches - boiling water
  6. Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon. I then place them in the ice water immediately. Let them sit in the ice water for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. how to peel peaches - ice water
  7. Start to take the peel off of the peach. It should peel off rather easily in large pieces. If it is still stuck on there, put it back into the boiling water for another 15-30 seconds and repeat the ice bath.How to peel peaches - peeling
  8. Once you are done, you will have a completely peeled peach with minimal waste! Then chop or slice your peaches according to the recipe. Try to work fast because they will start to brown quickly. how to peel peaches - peeled

I hope these instructions helped you learn How to Peel Peaches in an easy way! When I am peeling a lot of peaches for canning it is nice to have another person help you so you can work quickly. You don’t want them to brown, so if you can get them into a vinegar mixture or put some lemon juice on them (according to your recipe) it will help prevent them from browning. Also, don’t forget to adjust your canning recipes for high altitude!

If you are looking for a great peach recipe, check out my Peace Rhubarb Pie recipe! If you don’t like rhubarb, just make it with all peaches! Comment below if you try it out or have any questions! Or let me know what your favorite peach dish is!