How to Cut a Peach in 15 Seconds
Learn the trick on how to cut a peach into slices in only 15 seconds! Clingstone peaches and nectarines can be a pain to cut; this tutorial will help you life hack stonefruit cutting.
Right now I’m picturing Nicolas Cage saying “I could eat a peach for hours”, and then I’m picturing John Travolta AS Nicolas Cage practicing saying the same thing.
Oh, Face Off. You’re a classic.
The farmer’s market had the first peaches of the season this week! I snapped up a few juicy organic ones, came home, and quickly was disappointed to find out they were clingstone peaches.
Clingstone peaches are the drunk friend at a party kind of peach; they just don’t make life easy for you. The stone or pit of a clingstone peach won’t easily twist away from the fruit like a freestone peach will. Both kinds are super delicious, but clingstones are high maintenance.
I’ve developed a fast way to cut a peach in only 15 seconds and I really want to share it with you. Because nerdy life hacks own my heart.
Do You Need to Peel a Peach to Eat It?
Nope! The peach skin is perfectly safe to eat and helps contribute to the yummy 2.3g of fiber you’ll find in a peach.
With that in mind, please note that conventionally grown peaches and nectarines are on the Dirty Dozen list of most pesticide-laden produce. If it is in your budget, peaches and nectarines are best purchased in organic form.
How Do You Peel a Peach Easily?
It involves a quick dip in boiling water and then an instant cool down in an ice bath. This term is called blanching and you can read more about it in this post on how to can peaches.
How to Cut a Peach (Clingstone)
- Wash your peach (duh). Make one circular cut through the peach, starting and ending at the stem. I use one of the workhorses in my kitchen, my favorite paring knife for this job. If that knife broke today, I’d rush order it to be delivered tomorrow.
- Just like you’re cutting a pie or pizza, make another cut through the whole peach, starting and ending at the stem. Then make, two more cuts until there are four circular cuts through the peach, rendering it to eight sections.
- Starting at the stem, take your paring knife, and cut down, around the stone/pit towards the bottom of the peach.
- In only 15 seconds, you’ll have eight beautiful peach slices ready to eat!
Want to see it in action?
Impressed? Underwhelmed? Either way, I have a peach to snack on, so if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be watching Face Off. And maybe to make it a doubleheader, Con Air. I had them both on VHS.
Because I’m awesome.
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This recipe was originally published in July 2014. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the directions have been clarified. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post: