Peach skin is so thin that for the most part it's just easier to give them a good wash and leave the skin on. But in some recipes like peach crisp it tastes much better when you remove the skin, leaving you just the juicy, smooth, flesh of the peach. You can easily peel peaches in just a few simple steps.
Now you can attempt to do this with a vegetable peeler, but you’ll more than likely end up bruising the fruit and probably losing quite a bit of the flesh. Try this method below instead.
How To Peel Peaches
The easiest way that I’ve found to peel peaches is by blanching them.
Step One: Start by removing any stickers that may be on the peach and giving it a quick wash. Next, using a sharp knife score the bottom of the peach with 2 lines, similar to an x. See the picture below.
Step Two: Grab a large bowl and fill it with very cold or ice water. It’s better to do this step now before you start blanching the peaches.
Step Three: On high heat, bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Once boiling reduce the heat slightly or just enough so the water isn’t boiling over. Carefully add the peaches. Allow the peaches to blanch in the water for 30-60 seconds. You should start to see the skin on the scored side of the peach peel back away from the flesh.
Step Four: Using a slotted spoon carefully remove each peach and place it in the bowl of very cold or ice water. Once the peaches are cool enough to handle, remove them from the bowl and begin to peel the skin away. The skin should easily peel away from the peaches at this point.
*make sure to be extremely careful when adding the peaches and removing them from the pot of boiling water as it will be extremely hot.