You can enjoy a peach by simply biting into it like you would an apple -- until you reach the hard center, also called the pit. Whether you're eating a peach raw or want to incorporate it into a recipe, there’s a simple technique for cutting it, sometimes referred to as pitting. Once you remove the pit, slicing it the way you like is a snap.
Gently wash the peach under cool water to remove any dirt or germs that may be on the skin. Peach skin is naturally fuzzy, so it’s easy for dirt and germs to stick to it. Use your fingers for washing, because produce scrubbers can be too rough for delicate peach skin and cause it to run off.
Pick up a paring knife and hold it in one hand, with the peach in the other. The hand with which you choose to hold the knife in depends on which one feels more comfortable. Most people use their dominant hand to hold the knife when cutting so they have better control of the blade.
Press the blade, sharp side down, into the peach, starting at the top until it hits the pit. The top of the peach usually has a sunken in area with a brown spot in the center. This is where the stem once was.
Turn the peach away from your body while pressing the knife into the center of the peach, keeping it against the pit. You’ll be able to feel the resistance of the pit against the knife. Continue to turn the peach and cut in a straight line all the way around until you reach the top again.
Put down your knife and grab the peach with both hands on opposite sides of the cut you just made.
Twist the two sides gently in opposite directions until they separate. One side will contain the pit and the other will have a hollow hole where the pit once was.
Hold the side of the peach that contains the pit in one hand. With the other hand, pull out the pit with your fingers or a spoon until it is free from the peach.
Slice your peach halves into slices, cubes or whatever form you prefer, using your paring knife. You can also use your knife to remove the skin and center of the peach where the pit once was. This area will look red and can sometimes contain hard small leftover pieces of peach pit, which you should remove.
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