This Padma Lakshmi–Approved Trick for Pitting Peaches Takes Just a Few Seconds

published Jul 12, 2022
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Diptych of Padma Lakshmi and peaches
Credit: Left: Getty Images/ Frazer Harrison / Staff; Right: Erika Tracy

One of the best parts about eating during the summer is all of the ripe, in-season fruits like peaches. Because peaches are so seasonal, you’ll want to make the most of them when they finally reach their peak in July. You might even be inclined to make some treats like fresh peach soda, a peach smoothie, or a peach and tahini tart.

If you’ve made your fair share of peach cobblers or peach pies, though, you know the least-fun part of cooking with them is removing the pit in the center. Many recipes call for simply cutting around the pit in order to remove it. While this method definitely works, it can take a little bit of time. Luckily, though, there’s another tool you can try for pitting peaches quickly while still keeping them whole.

Recently host, activist, and New York Times best-selling author Padma Lakshmi posted to both Twitter and Instagram with a TikTok video from user @loriwoosley. In the video Woosley demonstrates how to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the pit from a clingstone peach. (The hack is simple but also surprising, as removing the pit from a peach can often be somewhat of a tedious task; Woosley takes just about a couple seconds to remove the pit with the pliers.)

After seeing this simple-yet-ingenious hack, Lakshmi tried it out for herself on Instagram Reels. Just like Woosley, Lakshmi removed the pit with the pliers with ease! Following suit, I had to try it out myself to see if it truly is as easy it looks.

Credit: Cory Fernandez

My Thoughts on the Peach-Pitting Hack

This hack actually worked pretty well! Although in my experience, it wasn’t quite as easy it appears in both of the videos (it took a little bit more twisting and turning with the pliers), it only took me a couple minutes to remove the pits from four peaches. A couple tips that I think might make this a completely foolproof method is to use freestone peaches as opposed to clingstone — the pits in freestone peaches are typically less stuck to the flesh of the peach. Additionally, I would recommend using needle-nose pliers that have ridges on the inside, as this would help with gripping the slippery pit.

Overall, though, I think this method worked nicely and efficiently. Needle nose pliers are a tool many people already have on hand, and they’re easy to find if you don’t have a pair. Lastly, don’t use pliers straight from the toolbox! Thoroughly clean your pliers before trying this at home and don’t use them if they have even a little rust on them.