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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Canning Nectarines

    Nectarines are a lovely fruit.  I think they are a gorgeous fruit and they taste delicious but their aroma is so inviting too.  The nectarine is in the same family as a peach.  To me, a nectarine tastes and looks like it is a cross between a peach and a plum.
 
     Nectarines have a decent amount of Vitamins A, C and niacin.  They are fiber rich and are a healthy source of B-complex vitamins and minerals.  And again, don't forget they taste delicious.  ;-)

     Today I canned the nectarines.  To begin with, I first had to make a syrup.  For the syrup, if you are making  4 quarts total, you will need to mix 5 cups of water and 3 1/4 cups of sugar together in a pot over high heat.  Bring it to a boil.  Once it boils, remove from heat.

***Note:  If you are making 7 quarts, use 7 3/4 cups of water and 5 1/4 c. of sugar.

    Set the syrup aside and now you prepare the nectarines.  To do this, I get a large pot of boiling water and then I place a few of the nectarines into the boiling water for 30 seconds.

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    Dip them out and place them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.  After a few minutes, scoop them out and the peels will just fall off.

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   Place the peeled nectarines into a bowl.

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  At this point you can pack your nectarines whole; cut them in half or into quarters.  I cut mine into quarters.  Now just start packing your hot & sterilized jars with your nectarines.  Once they are full, pour in the hot syrup, leaving 1/2" head space.   Use the end of a wooden spoon and go along the inside of the jars to remove any air bubbles that might remain.  Seal and water bath process them for 30 minutes.

 
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This will prepare 4 quarts of prepared nectarines.

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