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How to Can Nectarines

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I’m a lazy canner. I do a lot of canning but I’m always looking for safe shortcuts to make it go faster. One of my shortcuts is to avoid peeling whenever possible. I never peel tomatoes, pears, apples, etc.  I just can’t see taking the time to do that in large batches. Peaches, however; there’s something about the fuzz that I don’t like in a jar so I peel. Several years, I decided to cut back on canned peaches and opted to do more nectarines instead. The flavor is not exactly the same, of course, but nectarines like peaches seem to be just like summer in a jar to me. Learning how to can nectarines is easy and quick if one opts to skip the peeling.

Learn how to can nectarines safely and quickly with this easy raw pack method that skips the peeling and provides summer flavor all winter.

Selecting Nectarines for Canning

Nectarines like peaches have freestone varieties. Choose these whenever possible to make the process faster. Choose firm nectarines as well as they soften up quite a bit in the canning process.

How to Can Nectarines

  1. Get boiling water canner ready. Prepare jars, lids, and rings.
  2. Make an extra light sugar syrup (1 1/4 cups sugar to 5 1/2 cups water). You can use a heavier syrup if desired. Plain water is fine too, however; the fruit will be softer. Bring to a boil.
  3. Cut nectarines in half and remove pit. Chop, slice, halve, or quarter nectarines.
  4. Place the nectarines pieces into prepared jars. Fill the jars, leaving 1/2″ headspace. Fill the jars with sugar syrup, again leaving 1/2″ headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rims. Place lids and secure rings on to the jars.
  5. Put the jars into boiling water canner and process for 25 minutes for pints, 30 minutes for quarts (adjusting for elevation).
  6. Remove jars from canner and allow to cool completely. Test seals. Remove rings from sealed jars and store in the pantry.

Floating Fruit

This is the raw pack method. The nectarines will float in the jar when using this method. There is nothing wrong or unsafe about that. However, the peels and the floating fruit do mean that the jars will not win a blue ribbon at the fair. To avoid floating fruit, use the hot pack method.

Save some time when canning a big batch of fruit by skipping the peeling and still enjoying summer flavor all winter long by canning nectarines.

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Chris Rasmussen

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Can you preserve peaches this same way?

Kathie Lapcevic

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

It is very similar. I would peel peaches though, because I don't like the fuzz in the canning process... https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_02/peach_sliced.html

Nancy Sturm

Friday 7th of August 2020

I'm on a diet. Is it okay to use a lower sugar/water ratio?

Kathie Lapcevic

Friday 7th of August 2020

Yes, but know that the fruit will likely get quite soft.

Tracey

Tuesday 11th of September 2018

How do the peels do when used later in cobbler?

Kathie Lapcevic

Wednesday 12th of September 2018

I just leave the peels, they don't bother me. If you're not going to want the peels in recipes later, you'll need to peel before canning.

Steven DeForrest

Saturday 10th of March 2018

So helpful. Thank you

Tena Barke

Monday 22nd of August 2016

I couldn't find the Homestead Lady's boards on Pinterest - just her pins that lead to her blog. Oh well, Thanks for a great prize offer! My plan is to have an outdoor kitchen - for canning and everything else! Including my grocery store! It's a work in progress, but it's only my first year. Got strawberries, blueberries and raspberries along with asparagus for my perennials so far - herbs too. Just got comfrey. Need to set up the water barrel system for next year......working on 'fixing' the gray sandy soil that hardly anything grows in.....no raking leaves this fall - the dirt needs it more! lol Love your site and your Pinterest boards! Thanks for everything good!

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