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29.7.12

APRICOT JAM


I purée all my jams now, one of my girls is struggling with multiple sclerosis. One of the side effects of her illness is difficulty with swallowing, so I make sure all my jams are smooth with no bits of fruit left in it. If you like the fruit bits in your apricot jam, just chop the fruit into large chunks, most of the fruit will fall apart during hard boiling.

It is important to use sterilized jars, lids and utensils when preparing cooked jams and jellies. Jars can be sterilized in the oven at 225F for 10 minutes and should be kept warm until filling time. Lids should be placed in boiled water until ready to use.

In terms of food safety, oven processing fruit and fruit jams is no more risky than the hot water bath method. The reason for that is simple. No open cattle will reach above the boiling point of 100°C or 212°F. Keep in mind though that low acid or non-acid foods should never be processed by any other than the pressure canner method. However, oven processed fruits and fruit jams are just as safe as those processed in the hot water bath.

3 cups prepared fruit (2-1/2 lb. fully ripe apricots)
1/4 cup lemon juice
7 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl
1 pouch liquid CERTO*

• Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water.
• Place the jars in 225F oven for ten minutes. Keep them in the oven until ready to fill.
• Place the jam funnel, skimming spoon and the ladle in a medium large pot and add the flat lids. Pour boiling water into the saucepan. Let stand in hot water until ready to use.
• Remove and discard apricot pit.
• Puree the apricots in the food processor.
• Measure 3 cups of prepared fruit into a large Dutch pot.
• Add the lemon juice and the sugar.
• Stir well and bring mixture to full rolling boil (boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly.
• Boil hard for 1 whole minute.
• Remove from heat and immediately stir in 1 pouch of liquid CERTO.
• Let the jam rest for 5 minutes and then skim off foam with a metal spoon.
• Remove the jars from the oven and quickly ladle the jam into the prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops.
• Wipe jar rims and threads.
• Cover with two-piece lids.
• Screw bands tightly.
• Place the jam filled jars back in the oven for 2 hours.
• Remove jars and place upright to cool completely. Do not tighten caps.
• After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. (If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)
Yield: 6 cups jam

* Powdered pectin requires a different processing method. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions when using pectin.
 

7 comments:

  1. I love apricot jam. I think it's my third favourite after the plum jam (or maybe "butter"? you know the one cooked for several days) and sour cherry jam (as you see I'm rather a sour jam fan).

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  2. Ah yes, we both love the "black tar", although this year I will make plum jam with pesto too - for my oldest girl who has MS. Oh but far, apricot jam is the most important baking jam. We had very little apricot this year so after sharing, most of it I made into jam.

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  3. I have made apricot jam am so dissappointed in it...i have woody bits in it that totally spoil the lovely flavour. i can only think it is the stringy bit of the apricot that attaches the fruit to the seed. Has anyone else had this problem?

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    1. Woody bits? Jeniwren I have never run into that. But it must be the fruit. Sometimes I puree the apricots in a food processor before making it into jam. I use these super smooth jams for glazing. You could give it a try.

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  4. Fala Zsuza... I hope it doesn't happen again. I stick blended it and the bits didn;'t go completely. I froze the apricots for three months, i wonder if that hardens the stringy bit. Anyway it now is mulch in the garden all 3kgs of it. The flavour was wonderful
    Thanks for the tip.... I may try that next time. Cheers J

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    1. After stick blending, you may consider forcing the pureed fruit through a fine sieve. I am very fussy with unwanted bits in food and I often turn to my sieves. I have all sizes from a cup size to a large pot. But by far the food processor is my best friend.

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  5. I have 6 cups of pureed apricots - can I double the recipe, use 2 pkgs of liquid CERTO, 14 cups of sugar (yikes!)

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