The Sweetest Way to Recycle Peach Peels

September  8, 2016

Earlier this summer, we were introduced to Rhonda35’s Third Generation Peach Pie: the pie that has stood the test of time and can also stand up to almost every tweak you think to throw at it. And as if that weren't impressive enough, Rhonda35 has one more trick up her sleeve that ​you'll want to copy every time you make this pie (or any other recipe that calls for peeled peaches).

The Hesser family recipe calls for 5 cups of peeled and sliced fresh peaches, from about 8 medium peaches. That’s a lot of peach peels—and Rhonda35 realized that they didn’t need to go to waste. She set them aside, thinking she could dry them and grind them together with a little sugar, and then, serendipitously, she came across my recipe for Tomato Skin Salt, which gave her a guideline to follow.

She followed a similar process as I did with the tomato skins, spreading the peach peels out on a baking sheet (lined with parchment or Silpat, so they don't stick) and baking them in the oven at 200° F until the peach peels were completely dry.

Peach peels, drying in the oven. #beautiful #peaches #nowaste

Then she ground the dried peach skins, measured the volume she ended up with, added the same amount of sugar, and ground again. The result? In her words: "I now have a jar filled with delicious, peachy, sweet goodness to be sprinkled onto/into...everything!"

Peach Sugar. #peaches #sugar #delicious

What other normally-discarded peels would make for good flavored sugar or salt? Tell us in the comments! We're thinking of trying pear peel sugar next.


patricia G. April 15, 2019
Tomato skin salt (which I sometimes flavour with dried herbs and spices) is fun, but my favourite is probably celery leaf salt, pure and simple. Not a fruity sugar, but a very versatile seasoning.
Ceege August 18, 2017
Oh no.....a day late and a dollar short (as my Granny used to say). I just canned my farm peaches a couple weeks ago. Had I seen this article then, I would have had a whole bushel of peach skins to dry and save. Apples season is coming soon and I will return to the same farm for apples. AND as Jessie Johns stated - works good w/apple skins, so will try it then. Thanks for such a great idea.
Kate W. September 18, 2016
Love this!
beejay45 September 8, 2016
I use my peach peels to dye/stain silk for scarves. Sometimes I just squish them together for all over color -- looks kind of like tie-dye. I've been playing with a batik-ish twist, using resist in some areas to keep them clear for "painting". So far I've just got a couple pieces of fabric with bare spots. I'll get there. ;)
Jessie J. September 8, 2016
This works really well with apple peels too. The apple sugar (with or without a little cinnamon) is a great mix-in for oatmeal. And if you use a coarse sugar in the mix it becomes a great topper for baked goods like muffins or scones.
Kristen M. September 8, 2016
Love this so much—dying to know what you've used it on so far, Rhonda!
Alexandra S. September 8, 2016
This is so genius! Love!