Today’s guest post is from MJ’s Kitchen! Her blog is filled with wonderful recipes and mouth-watering photos! Make a few batches of her Apricot Jam and share it with your family and friends! They’ll love it!
If you read my About page you know that I use to have lots and lots of fruit trees. One was a huge apricot tree that, about every 3 to 4 years, yielded an abundance of the biggest and sweetest apricots. On the years in between, a late freeze would kill the young fruit. On those good years, we ate LOTS of apricots right off the tree, but the rest of the apricots ended up in jam or dried. When we moved, I had enough apricot jam to last us a few more years and still give away a jar here and there.
This recipe is really easy! All you need are enough apricots for 3 cups of chopped fruit, a lemon, some sugar and a little apple juice. In less than 45 minutes you have a delicious pint of apricot jam that can go right into the refrigerator and used the next morning on your morning bagel (if you can wait that long).
Apricot Jam Recipe
Yields a little over 1 pint
Prep and cook time: less than 45 minutes
3 cups apricots, chopped
Juice from one lemon (2 to 3 Tbsp.)
1 ½ cups sugar
3 Tbsp. apple cider or 100% apple juice
- Place a small saucer in the freezer.
- Pit the apricots and chop. (I just use a coarse chop because they do cook down.)
- Add apricots to a sauce pan with the lemon, sugar and apple cider/juice.
- Heat on low, stirring frequently until the sugar has melted.
- Increase the heat to medium and bring the jam to a boil, stirring frequently.
- Increase the heat to medium high and bring the jam to a full boil, stirring constantly. A full boil is a boil that cannot be stirred down. You may need to adjust your heat level. I usually have to turn it down just a bit once I reach a full boil.
- Stir constantly at a full boil for 17 to 18 minutes. Test* @ 17 minutes, then cook another minute or two or until ready. Skim off any foam remaining on the surface of the jam.
- Remove from the heat and pour into a clean pint jar. Screw on the lid. Let cool, then refrigerate. Jam will keep in the refrigerator until you finish it off, which won’t take long.
* Test – When the jam sheets from the side of a metal spoon (droplets flow together), it’s very close if not ready. Pull the saucer from the freezer and place a drop or two of jam onto the saucer. If it spreads out, the jam’s not done. Return the saucer to the freezer, continue to stir the boiling jam, and try again in 2 minutes. The jam is done when a drop does not spread out but retains its shape.
Pectin – Apricots are naturally low in pectin and apples and lemons are high; therefore, I use apple juice and lemon to add a little pectin to the jam. This provides just enough pectin for a relatively soft jam that’s great for toast, bagels, muffins, or just right out of the jar.
Sugar – I’ve tried honey and agave in these quick and easy jams, but didn’t like the outcome; therefore,
sugar works best for me.
Apricots – Under-ripe apricots work best, but if all you have are ripe and over-ripe apricots, don’t let that stop you from making a jar of this absolutely delicious jam!
If you have a few strawberries that need to be used, then you should make a jar of Strawberry Jam.
Thanks for sharing your recipe with us, MJ!