What To Do With All Those Nectarines
Harko nectarines from
We're still eating nectarines I picked at Paris Orchards (541-673-6417) last week, but I couldn't help picking a few more at Lehne's this morning. They are so juicy and sweet! I pick them in varying stages of ripeness so they are not all ready at once, but if they get ahead of me they are easy to freeze; no peeling necessary.
I slice them directly onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet and flash freeze them for several hours or overnight, then pack them into plastic bags. They make a refreshing snack straight from the freezer, sort of like a mini popsicle. They are delicious added to smoothies. Sliced nectarines can also be dried until chewy for winter snacking or adding to trail mix for a hike. They can also be canned. Processing times are the same as for peaches, but you don't peel them first.
Nectarines can also be substituted in this sorbet recipe for a light dessert.