Tag Archive for Stone fruit

How to take the pit out of a peach or other stone fruit

removing the stone from a peach

In 1989, my host-mother in France was making a dessert requiring a lot of apricots. Even then I loved to cook, so I was helping her in the kitchen. She asked me to take the pits out of a bunch of apricots and then proceeded to laugh at me on my technique (or lack thereof). She quickly showed me how to do it and I could not believe how simple it was.

Knowing tricks like these will dramatically reduce your prep time in the kitchen. Check out this video on how to remove the pit from a peach and other stone fruits.

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How to take the pit out of a peach – Video here

1. Find the natural seem that goes around the peach, nectarine, plum or apricot.

2. Take your knife and run it around that seem all the way around the fruit.

3. Twist the peach and open it up into two halves.

4. Use your index finger and pop out the pit starting under the stem side of the fruit.

That’s it! Enjoy.

Ok, so in proofreading my post, I noticed I wrote ‘stoned fruit’ instead of stone fruit. That’s some kind of fruit! – Melissa


Simple Grilled Peaches

grilled peaches with balsamic

Even though I love peaches, I have never actually had or made grilled peaches. Since I had a few on hand that were not quite ripe and since it’s prime grilling season, I decided to give it a try. It really couldn’t be easier.

First, wash and dry your peach. Next, cut the peach in half and take out the pit. Check out our entertaining video on how to do this here.

Since this was my first time, I wanted to keep it simple and basic. I just brushed the halves with canola oil and grilled them over medium heat for about 5 minutes per side. As soon as they were done, I drizzled them lightly with some good balsamic vinegar and they were ready to eat. Delicious!

Lots of people put some brown sugar and cinnamon on the grilled peaches and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Next time I’ll try that!

This will also work with any stone fruit: apricots, plums, nectarines, etc.

Grilled Peaches

This is a staple in the Bryson house in the Summer – excellent side to BBQ or just about any pork dish. – Melissa