White Nectarine Jam

by Handjobs For The Home on July 20, 2011

I was walking home from work recently when I passed a fruit stand that was just overflowing with baskets of beautiful nectarines. At first they caught my eye… then they caught my nose. They looked gorgeously ripe, and perfumed the warm summer with their sweet scent. If you’ve ever smelled a ripe nectarine you know what I’m talking about. It’s almost floral, in a way, but just utterly spectacular.

So naturally I picked up four pounds of picture-perfect nectarines and continued home to begin canning. What made me even more excited is the fabulous dutch oven I got from a neighbor friend a few weeks back. It looks like it’s from the 60s (which it very well may be). It’s a beautiful yellow in color, heavy, and oh so charming. This was the first time I used it (as well as the first time I used a dutch oven to make jam), so I was excited to see how it would turn out. I’m happy to say the results were awesome! It keeps a much more even heat throughout cooking, and I found that my jam set quicker than in my usual jamming pot. Yay for new, free jam pots!

One thing I did, that I didn’t realize at first, was that instead of buying orange nectarines I actually got white ones. You can really use either or, but I think for next time I’m going to go with a mix of orange and white. I think the color will look gorgeous. If you are new to jamming, this is a great beginner recipe because the skin of the nectarine contains a good amount of pectin, helping the jam to set much easier. It’s very similar to plum jam in the sense that it’s basically ‘simmer until done.’ The flavor is wonderful on its own, but it can also be beefed up with some vanilla bean if you have any on hand. I didn’t so I skipped it. Nectarine jam is also easy because unlike its cousin fruit, the peach, no peeling is necessary (which, if you’ve ever made peach jam or butter, you know how tedious all that peeling can get).

I made a bunch of jars and brought them to the craft market to sell last weekend. I’m happy to say it was one of the many jams I received a number of compliments for throughout the week.

White Nectarine Jam
Makes 6 half pint jars

What You’ll Need:

4 lbs nectarines, pitted and chopped
1 1/2 C. Sugar
3 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Place all ingredients in a preserving pot and slowly bring to a simmer—it helps to do this slowly, so all those fabulous juices come pouring out. Once simmering, set a timer for 25 minutes, and keep at a simmer while stirring constantly. Test your jam on a cold plate in the freezer until set.

Ladle into sterilized jars and process for 5 minutes. Remove from the water bath canner, and let rest on the counter for 12 hours.

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1knitchick July 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm

How was the set on the jam? Without added pectin it seems like it might be a softer spread?

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Handjobs for the Home July 21, 2011 at 1:13 am

It actually sets really nice. Im not a huge fan of that jello-y jam texture. I like something a little softer but still holds it’s shape. So for me, this jam sets great but feel free to use pectin if you like.

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Lynnette July 21, 2011 at 1:32 am

This is my third summer in a row of devouring nectarines! I think for so many years I gravitated to peaches and plums so the wonderment of nectarines had been forgotten. I’m going to make a small batch of nectarine jam so I can enjoy them all year long! Thanks so much …

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yossyarefi | apt2bbakingco July 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm

what a gorgeous-sherbety color! looks delish!

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MCC July 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

This is one of my favorite flavors you’ve mad! Sure wish I had a jar.

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MCC July 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

you’ve “made.” not “mad”. I hope you’re not mad.

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Head Pixie July 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Beautiful! I’ve never canned without using pectin, and am looking forward to trying this simple, beautiful recipe. :)

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Heidi August 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Looks lovely! I like that you’ve used less sugar than most jam recipes, as the fruit itself is so sweet to begin with. Would you make any changes to the recipe if using yellow, rather than white, nectarines?

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Handjobs for the Home August 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Thanks! Nope I actually made orange nectarine jam last week and didn’t change the recipe one bit. Came out awesome.

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Meg August 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I found your recipe and gave it a whirl with the last half of the nectarines we brought back from the Okanagan Valley. It’s just gorgeous – simple and tasty. I added some vanilla bean, and my whole apartment smells like summer.

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Nancy July 23, 2012 at 12:43 am

Can I use your no pectin recipe for nectarine freezer jam?

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