Sunday, June 17, 2012

First canning of the year

The nectarines on the tree in the back yard ripened the other day.  When they get ripe, they ALL get ripe.  They don't last long, either, so you have to watch them, collect them and use them or put them up quickly or else you are left with nothing but a bunch of mushy rotten fruit.

This is one of the trees I pruned this year.  It REALLY made a difference.  I bet last year we got maybe 40-50 nectarines total.  We ate some of them and I had enough to make a cobbler.

This year was different.

This year I had two big red bowls full.

PLUS this big metal bowl full.  This bowl is quite a bit larger than my wok, to give you an idea of the size.

I treated them like peaches and cooked them down for jam.

It turned out really pretty, I think.  It's pretty tart, though.  I like tart stuff, so I'm good with that.  The kids, not so much.  More for me!  :)


Katie said...

I didn't even know it was peach/nectarine season already! Beautiful canning!

Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

It's funny, Katie, the nectarines are done already but the peaches are still solid green. Not a speck of ripeness on them anywhere! Last year the peaches followed the nectarines within a few days but it's going to be different this year.

Erin said...

Fantastic! I love things on the tart side too :)

Mama Pea said...

Makes me think of the nectarine tree in the yard next door where I grew up! So, so, so delicious. My mouth is actually watering right now thinking of your slightly tart nectarine jam on toast! Mmmm, mmmm-good!

Carolyn Renee said...

Where are ya kid??