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How To Make Sweet Apricot Jam

Updated on February 5, 2015
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About the Apricot

Apricots are full of flavours and nutrients. The fruits are full of natural sweetness and they are amongst the popular fruits growing abundantly in summer. The apricot fruit has beta-carotene benefits that are usually found in plants and fruits with red-orange pigment. This fruit is said to be useful in treating infections and skin problems. When apricots are consumed before a meal, they will help in the digestion of food in the body. The cellulose and pectin found in soft, ripe fruits are mildly laxative and they act as remedies for constipation. The apricot fruit is also a natural source of iron which is a health benefit and a remedy for anaemia.

The fruits are sweetest when they are ripened on the trees. Fruits that are harvested before they are matured will not attain their true sweetness and flavour. All apricots sold commercially are harvested several weeks before the fruits mature. Like most fruits, apricots can be made into jam, jelly, preserves and chutneys. They can also be dried, canned or frozen.


Sweet Apricot Jam Recipe

Here are the ingredients for making rich homemade apricot jam.

  • 1kg ripe apricots
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 700 grams white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Sterilise a few bottles by heating them in an oven at 120°C for about 30 minutes.


apricots boiling in a pot
apricots boiling in a pot | Source

Method:

Wash the apricots and cut them into halves and discard the stones.

Extract the juice from the lemon.

Put the apricots, lemon juice and half a cup of water in a pot. Cook for at least 30 minutes or until the apricots are soft and mushy. Remove the pot from the stove. Add in the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Return the pot to the stove and add in a tablespoon of butter. Stir until the butter is melted.

Bring the pot to the boil and then lower the heat to medium. Cook for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the jam from sticking to the bottom of the pot and getting burnt. After 30 minutes, test the jam for consistency on a cold plate. Continue cooking until the jam thickens to the right consistency. Ladle the hot jam into the sterilised jars.

Store jam in a cool, dark place. Refrigerate once opened.


apricot jam
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    lady rain 

    5 years ago from Australia

    ChitrangadaSharan, I hope you get to try out this apricot jam recipe, too, because it is really delicious! Thank you for your comment :)

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    lady rain 

    5 years ago from Australia

    Glimmer Twin Fan, tree-ripened apricots have bright orange color. Thank you for commenting and pinning!

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    lady rain 

    5 years ago from Australia

    Cyndi10, apricot jam and avocado on toasts and biscuits is delicious, try it!

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    lady rain 

    5 years ago from Australia

    peachpurple, apricots are low acid when they are ripe. I think the apricot jam is much sweeter and tastier than apple jam. Thank you for your kind comment.

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    lady rain 

    5 years ago from Australia

    Dr Cil, unopened jars of jam can be stored for six months.

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    Chitrangada Sharan 

    5 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Looks beautiful with rich color...I am sure it is delicious too, and apricots are of course nutritious. Thanks for sharing the recipe of apricot jam.

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    Claudia Mitchell 

    5 years ago

    Another delicious looking jam. The color is gorgeous too. Pinned.

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    Cynthia B Turner 

    5 years ago from Georgia

    This looks like an easy, delicious recipe for apricot jam. I will add it to my cookbook. It sounds like it would go well with my biscuits. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    peachy 

    5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    apricot jam taste as sweet as apple jam, isn't it? I love making homemade jams. Wonderful recipe. Will bookmark for my next homemade jam. Thanks for sharing

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    Dr Cil 

    5 years ago

    Nice recipe! How long can they be stored?

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