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.
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.
Place the peeled nectarines into a bowl.
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.
This will prepare 4 quarts of prepared nectarines.