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I have just learned a new thing or two about canning! I learned that not only can you can nectarines, just like you do peaches, (which I figured, even though I hadn't done it), but, unlike peaches, you don't have to peel nectarines! What? Why haven't I known this before? That is the very thing I love about canning apricots! No Peeling! This is a game changer for me. Pantry filled with jars of nectarines here I come!
On Saturday, I took delivery of 25 pounds each of Utah peaches, nectarines and pears. They are so good....and guess what I am doing for the next few days? Canning!
As soon as I found out about not needing to peel nectarines, I decided to work on those first. Look how beautiful they are!
The process for canning nectarine slices is the same as it is for peaches, but without the peeling.
*Slice the fruit up.
*Put the slices in clean jars.
*Cover with a simple syrup, leaving 1/2 inch head space.
Simple syrup is 3-4 cups of water mixed with 1 cup of sugar. I was raised with the 3:1 ratio, but lately I've seen people doing the 4:1 ration, so it is up to you. I also add citric acid or lemon juice to my simple syrup. *Wipe the rims and put on the lids.
*Water bath for 20 min. for pints and 25 min. for quarts.
I used wide mouth pint jars this time. The process went really fast!
But next is the awesome part! I discovered spiced nectarines! I saw some recipes for them online, so I made my own variation and they came out amazing! I made some pancakes for dessert tonight just so we could use the spiced nectarines over them. I warmed them up and spooned them over the pancakes. Everyone loved them! They kind of reminded me of the peach pancakes I did a few years ago and still crave every so often. The spiced nectarines are nice to have on hand in jars in my pantry for whenever we want a special something on our pancakes or waffles for breakfast.
Oh my goodness, I just thought of this idea! These nectarines would be delicious on a Puffed Pancake! I just realize that I've never shared that recipe with you guys! Whelp, now I am going to have to do that and then we can find out how good the Spiced Nectarines will be on one.
In the meantime, it is peach and nectarine harvest time, so that is why I wanted to hurry and share this recipe with you so that you can go and get nectarines and/or peaches and try out this recipe! Eating the fresh harvest of nectarines and peaches is definitely a great way to kick off the Fall season. Because, who am I kidding? I live in Phoenix and we don't really get Fall weather, so we might as well enjoy the Fall Food!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!