How To Easily Peel Peaches Without a Knife

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Who: Lane Southern Orchards
What: Georgia Peaches
Where: Fort Valley, GA

When you get ahold of nice ripe peaches, it can be tempting to just take a big bite and eat them straight-up. But if you’re using them for a pie, ice cream, or in other recipes, it’s best to remove their skins.

If you’ve ever tried to peel a bunch of peaches with a knife, you know it can be a challenge, often resulting in waste when too much of the peach’s meat comes away with the peel. Wendy Barton, Marketing and PR Director at Lane Southern Orchards in Georgia, shared a quick and easy way to “undress” peaches.

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How To Peel a Peach Without a Knife

What You Need


Peaches, any quantity

Large pot
Slotted spoon
Large bowl


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.
  2. Place peaces in boiling water for 30 seconds: Place peaches, just a few at a time (so as not to crowd the pot), into the water and leave them there for 30 seconds, even if the water stops boiling.
  3. Remove peaches and place in ice bath: Using a slotted spoon, remove the peaches and place them immediately in an ice-water bath to stop residual heat from cooking the peaches. Wait a few seconds, then take the peaches out of the ice water.
  4. Remove peel: Gently rub the skin and peel it off; it should come away from the flesh with minimal effort.

Recipe Notes

  • Removing the pit: Starting at the stem end, run a small knife down and all the way around the peach, keeping the blade up against the pit in the center. Gently twist the two halves opposite ways and then pull apart to expose the pit. Often, the pit will come out easily at this point. If not, loosen it by sliding your fingertip or a spoon under one end and then pop it free.