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Spicy Pickled Nectarines


Since Washington State Fruit Commission and Northwest Cherries were kind enough to send me a case of peaches and nectarines, I decided I would create two recipes, one for each fruit. It’s all part of the ‘Canbassadorship’ they created to help bring more attention to their great website Sweet Preservation,  Do go check it out, they offer recipes, tips and terrific canning label downloads.

Jam is getting a bit boring for me (about 30 cases made to date) so I made Peach Mostarda with some of the peaches, and peach ginger jam with a ‘canning 101′ class (nothing noteworthy, peach jam with some candied ginger in it), and peach pie. Whoopla lot of peaches! Every time I looked at the nectarines I thought ‘Pickle’. I don’t know why. I’ve never had pickled nectarines before. I made pickled seckle pears last fall, my first foray into pickling fruit, they were great. So, why not explore?  I am truly loving fruit as a savory condiment this season.

While at our local Indian store recently I purchased a bag of Pickle Masala, thinking specifically about those incredible pickled lemon pieces (lemon chutney) good Indian restaurants serve. The Masala has a huge amount of chili in it along with mustard, fenugreek, salt, paprika, turmeric, and asafoetida. Just right for a sweet fruit pickle. I added a more brown mustard seed to each jar and a lightly sweetened apple cider vinegar brine. I did not wait the prerequisite 2 weeks sitting time before opening a jar, I had to taste them so I could write them up.. or not. Aside from my nectarines having been too soft to start with, they taste really, really good. I think starting with  firmer fruit would be better, they do process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes, essentially cooking them.

Spicy Sweet Pickled Nectarines 

makes 5 or 6 pints

12 firm nectarines

5-6 tbsp Pickle Masala

3 tsp brown mustard seeds

1 cup sugar

3 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cups water

Place vinegar, water and sugar in a small pot and heat to simmering. Meanwhile cut the nectarines into eights and fill each prepared jar within an inch of the top. Spoon spices into jars, 1 tablespoon of Masala and 1/2 teaspoon of brown mustard seeds into each, if your masala doesn’t have salt, add a pinch to each jar as well. Bring the vinegar solution to a boil, ladle into jars leaving 1/2 inch head-space. Wipe rims, place lids and rings on and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.

Remember, siphoning is OK. Let the jars rest and cool before checking seal.

After tasting these nectarines, I think the brine and fruit would taste amazing cooked down with roast chicken or grilled pork.

I’m going to like fall this year!

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Author: Tamika

Creating Life

9 thoughts on “Spicy Pickled Nectarines

  1. My favorite jam is cherry. :) Didn’t get a chance to make any this year though.

  2. My absolute favorite is Boysenberry! A close second is Salted Caramel Pear Butter–mmm!

  3. My favorite jam is black cherry!

  4. My favorite jams are cherry-rhubarb and blackberry.

    • mm. Cherry Rhubarb! I haven’t done that before, as Rhubarb and Cherries aren’t in season here the same time. Next spring I’ll freeze some Rhubarb and wait for cherries! Thanks

  5. Well living out in the country has some down sides including my small Asian store not having everything I could want. They did not pickling masala. So I went with whole garam masala. And I added a small fresh chili to each jar. I only did 3 pint jars with nectarines and one of mango. It will be interesting to see how they turn out. And I plan a trip towards the DC area and the larger Asian markets to try and find the pickling masala. And more mangos.

    • Sounds like they will be great! Mango is a fabulous idea. Finding good spices can be tricky, I did list the ingredients so people could try to make it up if they needed. Not many of us have Asafoetida on hand!

      “A Society Grows Great When Old Men Plant Trees Whose Shade They Know They Will Never Sit In” …

  6. favorite jam? strawberry balsamic vinegar with black pepper…mmmmm

  7. I Love Blueberry and Blackberry.

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