If you find yourself with an excess of nectarines and would like to preserve this lovely summer fruit for long, then this is the ultimate guide on how you can freeze and store nectarines.
In my experience, all these methods have worked great!
So, let’s get started with the first one.
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Nectarines?
- How to Freeze Nectarines?
- Freezing Nectarines with Sugar Coating
- Freezing Nectarines after Flash Freezing
- How Long Can You Freeze Nectarines?
- How to Store Frozen Nectarines?
- How to Defrost Nectarines?
- Can You Refreeze Nectarines?
- Do Nectarines Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Ziploc Bags or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container
- Wash and Dry: Clean the nectarines thoroughly and pat them dry. Any trace of water left can form crystals on the fruit and damage it.
- Cut and Portion: Cut the nectarines into cubes or slices as you prefer. When you are done, portion the cut nectarines into single-servings that you would use at a time in your smoothies.
- Pack and Seal: Transfer the portions of nectarine into Ziploc bags or freezer-safe air-tight containers and seal them.
If you are using Ziploc bags, try and squeeze out as much excess air as possible before you seal them. You can use a straw to make it easier.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label with the date on the bag or container, and you are ready to freeze the nectarines for your morning smoothies.
You could check out this video by the “Curry Girls Kitchen” on YouTube to see how it is done -
Freezing Nectarines with Sugar Coating
Whether you like to make pies or have some with cream or yogurt, freezing nectarines with this method is a great idea.
Clean and Prep
Wash the nectarines thoroughly, and then using a knife, make a small ‘x’ mark across the nectarine. This will make it easier to peel off the skin later on.
Boil and Cool
Put the nectarines in a pot of boiling water and leave it in for 30 seconds. Then take it out and place it in an ice bath to stop any cooking.
Peel and Slice
Using the ‘x’ mark you made earlier as the starting point, peel off the skin of the nectarine. Then slice them in half or into thin wedges and remove the pit.
Stop the Browning
In a bowl of water (quarter cup), mix some fruit fresh or lemon juice in (3 tablespoons). Then put the nectarine slices in them and soak them.
Coat with Sugar
After putting the soaked nectarines into a different bowl, sprinkle some sugar over it. You can sprinkle as much sugar as you prefer, and you could optionally mix the sugar with a little bit of fruit fresh.
Divide the nectarines into portions you can easily consume in one go or a measure you would use for a specific recipe.
Pack and Seal
Place the sugar-coated nectarines into a Ziploc bag or a freezer-safe air-tight container and then seal them. When using a Ziploc bag, try to squeeze out all the excess air.
Label and Freeze
Once you add a label with the date, you are all set to freeze the nectarines.
Check out this super easy tutorial by “Frugal Family Home” on YouTube –
Freezing Nectarines after Flash Freezing
If you are unsure how you will use the nectarines, this method works just fine later on.
Clean and Prep
Wash the nectarines, and then using a knife, make a small ‘x’ mark across the nectarine. This will make it easier to peel off the skin later on.
Boil and Cool
Put the nectarines in a pot of boiling water and leave it in there for 30 to 60 seconds. Then take it out and put it in an ice bath.
Peel and Slice
Using the ‘x’ mark you made earlier as a guide, peel off the skin of the nectarine. Then cut them in half or into slices and remove the pit.
Lay Them Out
On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, layout the nectarine pieces. Make sure that they are evenly spaced and don’t touch each other.
Wrap and Flash Freeze
Wrap the baking sheet with some cling wrap and then leave it in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight.
Once you take the nectarines out of the freezer, divide them into portions that you can easily consume in one sitting.
Pack and Seal
transfer the portions of frozen nectarine into freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags and seal them.
Label and Freeze
Add a label with the date on them, and you are ready to freeze the nectarines for the long term.
To see how it’s done, check out this cool video by “Better Homes and Gardens” on YouTube –
How Long Can You Freeze Nectarines?
You can freeze nectarines for up to 6 months. But to get the best of taste, flavor, and quality, it is better to consume it within the 3 or 4-month mark.
Unless you have rinsed the nectarines in fruit fresh or lemon juice, the nectarines may go brown after a long time in the freezer. But it is safe to eat and will have little to no change in its taste.
How to Store Frozen Nectarines?
You can store frozen nectarines in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. If you are using a freezer-safe container, make sure to leave some space at the top to make room for expansion when the nectarines freeze.
But among the two options, the Ziploc bag would be the better choice if you are running out of space in the freezer.
Instead of using several bulky containers, the Ziploc bags can be flattened out and laid compactly on top of each other, and it’ll take up less space.
How to Defrost Nectarines?
If you plan to use the nectarine in smoothies or as a snack, there is no need to thaw them, and you can use them right out of the bag. But if your recipe needs nectarines at room temperature, you can leave the portion you need in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight, and they will thaw gradually.
You could thaw it on the kitchen counter much faster, but it is not recommended.
If you have defrosted the nectarines in the fridge, you can use it up within a day or two. In case you’ve defrosted it on the counter, it must be used up immediately.
Can You Refreeze Nectarines?
No, it is best advised not to refreeze nectarines. Once they thaw, they can become mushy and soft. They won’t retain their fruity flavor for much longer afterward. So, it is best to consume them immediately after they are defrosted.
To avoid wasting the nectarines once they thaw, you can portion them beforehand into single-servings that you can easily manage at a time.
Do Nectarines Freeze Well?
Yes, nectarines freeze well, and they can last in the freezer for up to 4 months without much change in their taste or quality.
Although it can brown if not rinsed beforehand with lemon juice or fruit fresh solution, it is still great to eat, and you can use them for any recipe you like. You could even eat them right out of the freezer bag as a snack.
No, it is best not to freeze the nectarines as a whole because the pit can get bitter once frozen and affect the taste of the nectarine.
Also, the skin of the nectarine can shrink and be unappealing once frozen. So, unless you are freezing them for smoothie recipes, it would be best to peel and remove the pit before freezing.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store nectarines and their summer flavors.
If you have any queries or would like to share some tips and tricks of your own, it would be lovely to hear from you.
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