Please check out the page that talks about the art of preserving fruit. Lots of good ideas and recipes and even printable labels. All are at the Northwest Cherry Growers page.
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.
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.
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