How To Slice Peaches

A step-by-step photo tutorial on how to slice peaches. BarbaraBakes.com

Today I’m sharing a step-by-step photo tutorial on how to slice peaches. The best way to eat a sweet, juicy, ripe peach is with the juice dripping down your hands, but if you want to bake with them, you’ll want to slip off the skins and slice them up.

While I was making Raspberry Peach Cobbler the other day, I decided I should post a tutorial on how to slice peaches. It isn’t difficult at all, but there are a few tricks that make the job easier.

How to Slice Peaches Photo Tutorial | BarbaraBakes.com

- First, start out with juicy, ripe freestone peaches. If your peaches are ripe, the skins come off easily, and if they’re freestone peaches, the pits will just pop right out.

- Blanch a peach by placing it in boiling water for 45 seconds. I like to use a mixing bowl in my microwave to boil the water, then I can just dry it and use it again to make the recipe, but a pot on the stove works too.

- After 45 seconds, remove the peach from the boiling water and plunge it  in to ice water to stop the cooking process.

- Use a small paring knife to easily peel the skin off the peaches. If your peaches are ripe, you may not even need a knife, just peel it with your fingers.

- Find the natural indent of the peach, start at the stem and cut the peach in half.

- With  your hands, gently twist each side of the peach in opposite directions and the peach should pull apart in to two halves. Remove the pit. It should just pop out, but if not, you can carefully pry it out with a spoon.

- Put the peach cut side down and make lengthwise cuts in to the middle of each peach half.

Sliced-Peaches-Barbara-Bakes

That’s all there is to it. Within minutes you’ve got beautiful peach slices ready to use in your favorite dessert.

Later in the week I’ll share the Raspberry Peach Cobbler I made with these peaches. It’s one of our new favorites.

Raspberry-Peach-Cobbler-Barbara-Bakes

 

How To Slice Peaches

How To Slice Peaches

Ingredients

  • Freestone Peaches

Directions

  1. Blanch the peach by placing it in boiling water for 45 seconds.
  2. After 45 seconds, remove the peach from the boiling water and plunge it in to ice water to stop the cooking process.
  3. Use a small paring knife to peel the skin off the peaches. If your peaches are ripe, you may not even need a knife, just peel it with your fingers.
  4. Find the natural indent of the peach, start at the stem and cut the peach in half.
  5. With your hands, gently twist each side of the peach in opposite directions and the peach should pull apart in to two halves. Remove the pit. It should just pop out, but if not, you can carefully pry it out with a spoon.
  6. Put the peach cut side down and make lengthwise cuts in to the middle of each peach half.
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  1. says

    Great tutorial. Can’t wait until mine our ripe. I have two peach trees. One it freestone the other is clingstone. I hardly ever use the peaches from the clingstone to mush of a hassle. I usually just munch on those.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wendy H says

    WOW! Just did this so we could have sliced peaches with dinner! Very easy and they look gorgeous! Thanks so much for this wonderful tip!

  3. Duby says

    this was brilliant !!!!!! i was just wondering the other day what the best method is to slicing peaches ! Thank you for posting this tutorial and the pictures are great.

    Are Freestone peaches the TYPE of peaches ? Are all peaches Freestone ?

    Thanks again -

    • says

      Most all of the peaches sold at the grocery store are freestone peaches. They are softer, juicer and sweeter, and the pits pull away from the flesh easily. The other category of peaches is clingstone and the pit in a clingstone peach needs to be cut out. Clingstone peaches are firmer and used in commercial canning. Farmers markets are a good source for clingstone peaches.

  4. says

    Where was this tutorial last year when I was trying to make fresh peach cobbler and hadn’t a clue how to peel and slice those peaches?

  5. says

    Nice tutorial Barbara; for me it needs to include a reminder though. Wait until peach season to buy peaches. I always jump the gun and every time I regret it; if that pit has to be pried out with a crowbar, it’s too soon. :)