Friday, July 30, 2010

Preserve It . . . Canning Corner: Apricots!

It's Apricot Season!
Time to make some
Homemade Apricot Jam.
Here's How:
Apricots are canned with the skin on.
Without the skin they are more likely to fall apart.
The better the fruit . . . The better the taste!
Start by rinsing all of the fruit.

Halve the apricots and remove the pits.
I use a light syrup for my apricots, but you can use
a medium or a heavy syrup if you would like.
The syrup is made with sugar and water.
Slowly bring the sugar and water to a boil and continue
boiling until all of the sugar is dissolved.

Place the prepared fruit into the sterilized jars.

Add lemon juice.
1 Tbsp. for pints and 2 Tbsp. for quarts.
This will help to keep the fruits color.

Pour hot syrup over the fruit to 1/2" headspace.
This is the space between the contents of the jar and
the top rim of the jar.

Process in a Waterbath Canner.
25 Minutes for Pints.
30 Minutes for Quarts.

Don't forget to label and date the jar!
(My camera battery is dead . . . pictures are coming soon!)


Valerie said...

I tried to email you, but it wouldn't go through. I have a recipe for Apricot Spice Cake (using bottled apricots)if you are interested. I think apricots are sometimes unappreciated because people don't know what to do with them!

Debi Hepworth said...

My mom just sent me your blog and said "I would give anything to have had this blog when I was raising my kids!". Last year for Christmas my mom got me a pressure canner and I have already put it to good use. I have bottled meat (including 80 lbs of chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, and some Cafe Rio Pork). I found a great little trick for my lids. I use a small 2 qt slow cooker to keep them simmering and then I can assemble the bottles on my counter instead of right over the stove.

Fruit Hts Preparedness Forum said...

To preserve the color of the fruit I put Vitamin C tablets into the syrup and desolve them. Then pour the syrup over the fruit. It works better than the fruit fresh, lemon juice or other things in my opinion. The fruit stays fresher looking. Try it sometime.

Tricia Smith said...

Great idea . . . Thanks for sharing!