Pluck it, pare it, label it and share it! We just love to preserve! Cook up your own jammy storm with this how to make apricot jam, that makes a great gift. Print labels and tags on your computer, or hand stamp them for that rustic look. Attach with string, bows or raffia for a gorgeous homemade touch.
How to Make Apricot Jam
You Will Need
- 450 grams jam sugar
- 450 grams granulated sugar
- 150 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 950 grams fresh apricots
- Preserving pan
- Long wooden spoon
- Pestle and mortar
- Four 212 ml jam jars
- Four wax paper preserving discs
How to Make
- Wash your apricots, cut them into quarters and discard the stones. Measure out 225 grams of the apricots and 225 grams of the granulated sugar and pour into the preserving pan. Using a pestle, pound the apricots into a pulp.
- Gently simmer the pulp mixture for five to six minutes on a gentle
heat stirring continuously. The pulp will act as a syrupy juice, which in turn allows the rest of the fruit to macerate and boil in.
- Pour the remaining apricots, sugars and lemon juice into the pan and stir gently until combined. Turn the heat up full and let the jam boil for a further 12 minutes, stirring regularly.
- After about 12 minutes the jam will reach what’s called the setting point, when it goes from being a liquid apricot jam to something that more resembles jam.
- The jam jars will need to be sterile before you pour the jam into them. An easy way to do this is to pop them into a warm oven for ten minutes. Alternatively, you could boil them in a pan of boiling water for a couple of minutes. Once the jars have been sterilised and are still warm you can use the funnel to decant the jam from the preserving pan into the jars.
- As soon as you’ve filled the first jar with jam, moisten (with a little water) one of the wax paper discs and place it on the rim of the jar with the wet side facing up. This will act as a further barrier against bacteria that will spoil your jam when it’s stored.
- When the disc is in place, secure the lid tightly and allow to cool. Repeat this process with the other three jars.
- Store in a cool, dark spot.
Some like to use a jam thermometer, but homemaker extraordinaire, Cherry Menlove, shares this top tip : “I find that a great trick to test if the jam has cooked for long enough is to pour a drop on to a chilled serving spoon or plate, leave it for around one minute and then poke it with your finger or the back of a teaspoon. If the jam feels firm(ish) and it crinkles slightly as you poke it, it’s ready. If it’s too runny, give it another couple of minutes on the stove.”