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How to Freeze Nectarines

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How to Freeze Nectarines
Baskets filled with nectarines at a market stall. Photo Credit: KevinAlexanderGeorge/iStock/Getty Images

Commonly used as a substitute for peaches, the only significant aesthetic difference is that nectarines aren’t fuzzy. Nutrition-wise, “Nectarines provide twice the vitamin A, slightly more vitamin C, and much more potassium than peaches,” according to the University of Rhode Island, making them a healthier choice of fruit for cobblers, crisps and other fruit filled desserts. With a little prep-work, you can freeze nectarines to prevent them from spoiling before you can use them.

Step 1

Mix 3 cups of sugar into 4 cups of lukewarm water and stir to dissolve the sugar rendering a thick syrup. Prepare the syrup in the airtight plastic container you plan on freezing the fruit in.

Step 2

Add 1/2 tsp. ascorbic acid for every quart of syrup. This will help to prevent the fruit from darkening.

Step 3

Chill the syrup in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Step 4

Wash the nectarines under cool to lukewarm running water.

Step 5

Peel the nectarines with a peeler or small knife and cut away any imperfections.

Step 6

Slice the nectarines into slices of desired thickness. Slicing the nectarines is optional as they can be frozen whole.

Step 7

Place the nectarines into the syrup gently pressing them down to submerge them completely.

Step 8

Close the lid making sure to leave an inch of space at the top of the container.

Step 9

Label the container with the current date by writing on it with a dark-inked marker or by attaching a homemade label.

Step 10

Place the nectarines into a level space in the freezer and prevent moving them until they solidify.

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