What is the best storage for nectarines? Can you freeze nectarines? How long do nectarines last in the fridge? We have answers to all of these food-saving questions and storage tips:
The fridge is the best place to store nectarines.
They ripen very quickly if stored on the countertop.
Can I Freeze It?
Cut nectarines in half or into slices and freeze on a tray before transferring the frozen pieces into a reusable freezer bag. You can also stew stone fruits to make a pie filling and freeze the filling.
If you want to remove the skin from nectarines before freezing them, blanch the fruit briefly in boiling water and cool it immediately in a cold water bath. The skins should rub off easily.
Fresher For Longer
Separate out those nectarines that are ripening more quickly than the rest. Don’t throw bruised nectarines away; instead, cut off any brown parts and chop the rest into wedges for a snack.
Ripe nectarines yield a bit when pressed gently. To speed up the ripening process, place nectarines in a paper bag and store them at room temperature out of direct sunlight.
Once ripe, store them in the fridge to extend their shelf life for a couple more days.
Use It Up
Add slices of nectarine to a salad of bitter greens, salty cheese and pungent olives.
Did You Know?
Nectarines, once canned, can last for a long time. They can be used as toppings or as pie fillings.
You can prevent peeled nectarines from darkening by dipping them in a 1:4 solution of lemon juice and water (i.e., one tablespoon of lemon juice in four tablespoons (or ¼ cup) of water).