This is an adaptation of Honey-Spiced Peaches, but my taste for nectarines overpowers the appeal of peaches. I saw this recipe and was immediately enticed. I cannot wait to crack open one of these jars and devour the deliciousness.
8 lbs. nectarines
1 cup sugar
4 cups water
2 cups honey
3 sticks cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. whole allspice
3/4 tsp. whole cloves
Wash nectarines, and drain them. Cut into quarters, and remove pits. Treat nectarines to prevent browning. Pack nectarines tightly into pint jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
Combine sugar, water and honey over medium heat. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook nectarines, one layer at a time, three minutes or until heated. Pack hot nectarines into jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
Fill jars with syrup, making sure to remove any air bubbles. Adjust two-piece caps, and process pints 25 minutes in hot water bath.