This task is easier if you blanch the fruits first to loosen their skin. Lightly score the bottom of each peach with an X before blanching. Working in batches of 3 or 4, add peaches to boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to an ice-water bath to stop the cooking. Remove skin with a paring knife.

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January 5, 2019
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Martha Stewart Member
August 25, 2018
These instructions worked perfectly. I had beautiful large local peaches that were quite ripe. I blanched for 2.5 minutes. Then plunged into ice water to stop the cooking process. It is important when you are trying something for the first time to do a test first. Test one peach for timing. Why would you blindly risk all 6 peaches without checking first? All peaches are not alike. Different sizes, different degrees of ripeness, different varieties. A little common sense will save a lot of aggravation. Good thing they were local peaches- you can go get more and try again.
Martha Stewart Member
August 19, 2018
This is way too long for just peeling the skin. I just ruined 6 beautiful fresh local peaches by doing this. I will be blanching for maybe 30 seconds next time. I followed the recipe to a T for 2 minutes and then put the peaches in the ice bath and I have gross mushy peaches.