Wondering what to do with all those extra nectarine’s that the neighbors dropped off, or that you picked off your tree? Can them! It’s so easy and quick to do so that you and your family can enjoy them during the cold winter months.
50 Nectarines (depending on their size)
12 cups water
4 cups sugar
To start, core all your fruit into quarters (or halves if you prefer… it doesn’t make a difference). Drop them into a bowl of cold water and a splash of lemon juice so that they won’t start turning brown while you finish cutting). I probably used 6 cups of water and 3 Tablespoon lemon juice.
In the mean time, get your syrup ready. Combine water and sugar in large sauce pan and bring to a slight boil. (This is also when you will want to start warming you jars by filling them with hot water and just let them sit in your sink)
After all your fruit is cut, it’s time to start filling your jars. Empty the water out and start filling with your cut up fruit. Work fast so that your jars don’t cool back to room temperature.
Now it is time to add your hot syrup into your bottle. Then wipe off the rims and place a canning lid (that you had warmed in a hot bath to soften you rubber). Screw on your rings.
Place your prepared quarts filled into your water bath. Process for 35 minutes. Start time when your water is boiling. After time is up, take out of water bath and place on towel on the counter. Allow to cool to room temperature before labeling and storing in pantry.
***On a side note… if you try to skip the warming jar step… your bottles might break like mine did and all that hard work is flushed down the drain. Oops!