Nectarine Jam – Preserve The Taste of Summer

Nectarine Jam

Nothing can compare to the flavour of perfectly ripened nectarines at their peak… Until now!  Capture the sweet flavours of summer with this beautifully easy and amazingly tasty jam!  This recipe is the perfect opportunity to use fruit that is starting to look that little bit ‘too ripe’.

So often in our aesthetically motivated culture fruit and vegetables that are a little odd looking or maybe that bit over ripe are discarded.  Australians waste over 3 million tonnes of food per year.  That’s a per capita average of 136kg per year.  Not only is this mostly usable waste filling up our landfills, but it is costing the average home $616 a year.  Most notably thousands of struggling individuals could easily be fed with the food grocery stores toss out because it isn’t ‘pretty’.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no grand ideas of this jam solving the country’s food waste problems, however, the first step in solving any issue is being aware of the problem.  All I ask is that you ponder these statistics and next time those beautiful little orbs of summer start to look a little shabby, instead of throwing them away consider preserving them and saving them from adding to Australia’s food waste epidemic.

Nectarine Jam

  • 1Kg Prepared Nectarines (peeled, pitted and finely diced)Nectarines
  • 350g Sugar
  • 3tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1/2tsp Course Salt
  • Combine all ingredientsDiced NectarinesNectarine Jam Ingredients
  • Bring to boil in a medium sized potBringing Nectarine Jam Mixture to a Boil
  • Boil until bubbles slow, foam subsides, fruit rises and jam stick to spoon – 12-15 minutes approximatelyNectarine Jam
  • Pour into sterilised jarsNectarine Jam

Enjoy!

Inspired By: Martha Stewart

Food Waste Statistics From: Oz Harvest

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