Saturday, August 13, 2011

Small Batch Canning-Nectarine Jam

Hey everyone! I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of small batch canning, it's a great way to use up a few leftover goodies before they go bad. I can make two half pint jars and get cleaned up in about an hour and depending on how much jam your family eats, you might be able to just store it in the fridge and save the processing time!
I had three nectarines to use up so...
And since this was just for me, I didn't bother peeling them.

Today is National Can It Forward Day
If you're curious about canning or want to learn more about it you can see what's going on HERE.
And the Ball site is

Nectarine/Peach Jam
1 1/3 C chopped fruit (approx 3 nectarines or peaches)
1/3 C water
1 Tblsp lemon juice
1 Tblsp low sugar/no sugar pectin*
1/2 C (or less) sugar
  1. Add first four ingredients to sauce pan and bring to a rolling boil.
  2. Add sugar, return to rolling boil for one minute.
  3. Remove from heat, put into serialized jars, add lids and process in a water bath for 10 minutes.
  • This will make one pint of jam.
  • You can easily store this in the fridge and save the processing time.
  • *The Ball recipe called for 1 1/2 Tblsp pectin, I just thought that was too much so I cut back. Mine set up fine.
  • Ball has jars of pectin out this year so you can make 2-22 jars of jam. I've seen both at Walmart and supermarkets.
  • I prefer low/no sugar pectin and then just adding some sugar to it. 
  • Proper, safe home canning instructions can be found HERE.
Have a happy day:@)


  1. What a good idea to make small batches. I've bookmarked this I will remember where the recipe is when I need it. Thank you!!

  2. That looks like a great nectarines!

  3. Hi Lynn, you've got me thinking now...I have about 4 plums I need to eat or toss. Have you done anything with plums?

  4. Well, that's a new one on me...national canning day! Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a pretty picture your jam makes!

  6. Lynn -- how clever of you to can in small batches -- using up all your bits and pieces -- this is exactly what I need these days -- not the tons and tons I used to can when all the kids were at home ;)


  7. Hi lovely lady.
    Lynn. Can I do this with Strawberrys also. Thanks so much for this recipe!!!
    XXOO Diane

  8. Never heard of nectarine jam but I love them so will give this a try! Thanks.

  9. Wow you were right Lynn, we are thinking alike today! LOL. I really like doing just a little here and there. A lot less wear and tear on my back!

  10. Happy National Canning day! Your jam looks delicious. I'm thinking buttered biscuits to accompany.


  11. Thanks for this tip. I think I could deal with "small batch" canning.

  12. Looks scrumptious! ;) I've never tried nectarine jam before...

  13. Great idea! I hope to do more canning this year. Last year I was a canning Newbee!

  14. Great idea! I like small batches too- I don't have to drag out the big kettle. :)

  15. Lynn,
    I so agree! I do it sometimes when I have a big bowl of tomatoes, and only want to do 5 or 6 pints, because they are so quick to do. Plus there are only 2 of us here at home.
    I do love canning.
    So far, just tomatoes and some berry preserves this year.

  16. Hey Miss Queen of the Kitchen! This jam sounds really good.
    When I think of canning I always remember my Mom and my Aunts making an entire day out of canning vegetables and fruits.
    As I kid, I loved watching them.


  17. Waste not want not right? National Can It Forward Day - cool!

  18. You grab a jar and head west, I'll grab some biscuits and head east, and I'll meet you somewhere in the middle of PA for a pig out.

  19. Love nectarines! Never thought of preserving them. Thanks, Ginger

  20. Now that sounds absolutely short and sweet! I need to give it a try. thanks so much for sharing.. xo marlis

  21. You make it so simple! I always associate canning and making jam with flats of fruit or veggies that never end! I like making just a bit!!

  22. Wow! What a great idea and one I will be doing from now on. Do you use liquid or dry pectin? Where do find the recipes for small batch canning?

  23. I'm envious! I want to can all sorts of things this year, and my Mom is going to teach me!

  24. Great idea and it looks so good too...Christine

  25. Hi Joanne! I don't see a way to e-mail you so I'll answer here. I use dry pectin, each box holds 3 Tblsp. This year Ball put out jars of pectin too so that you can make 2-22 jars at a time. I've seen them at Walmart and supermarkets. Have fun:@)

  26. I never knew you could do such small batches when canning. I have never done any canning but I might surprise my hubby and try this since I can do it in small quantities.
    I'm seeing your Earl For President on your sidebar as I type this.....maybe not a bad idea :)
    Have a great week.

  27. This looks so good! I used to do a lot of canning and as I've gotten older ... less and less. But it looks so good ... I may have to start again!

  28. Oh boy, I love homemade jam! I hope I can get to it before apricots are out of season. Summer is passing so quickly.

  29. i have a BIG SMILE on my face...this looks so old fashion-late summer...i LOVE it !!!

    in a canning mood over here too

    happy to stop by..i always love my visit here, my friend


  30. I LOVE this idea! The whole small batch thing suits me perfectly. Thanks for the recipe.

  31. What a wonderful recipe! I love to make homemade jam's. So much better than the ones from the jar!! Looking forward to the Celebrity Cook Along.

  32. Great idea to can in small batches! I'm going to bookmark this page! And the tablecloth is charming!

  33. Lynne, This is such a great idea! Much of the time I don't have a whole day to spend canning~ a little at a time is brilliant!
    Your recipe looks delicious! I will give it a try with peaches. I have no more peach jam in my pantry.
    Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY with this sweet and practical post!

  34. Oh, so yummy! Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  35. Oh YUM!! What an incredible flavor combination!

  36. You are a busy girl with all the canning you are doing. Won't it be nice when winter comes to have all these memories of summer treats! BTW, I linked to you on my blueberry cobbler post since we made the day lili ice cream to go with it.

  37. This recipe makes me want to grab a biscuit and smear this jam all over it. Ummm... Thanks a Latte' for linking up to the Canning Week Blog Party!


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