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Best ways to store and use Nectarines

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:

Best Storage

The fridge is the best place to store nectarines.
They ripen very quickly if stored on the countertop.

Ensure your fridge is set between 0 and 4°C.

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).