Apricot Jam


Breakfast & Brunch Eggless Gluten Free High Altitude Homemade Ingredients No Seed Oils Vegan | Published August 4, 2021 by Mimi Council

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Apricot season is still going off. And if you've stocked up on too many apricots and have some going soft, the best thing to do is make this homemade Apricot Jam!

If you're looking for more apricot recipes, check out some of my other favorites like my Apricot Cheesecake Tart, Honey Glazed Apricot Mini Pies, or Apricot Thumbprint Cookies.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

Use Ugly Fruit: When you have bruised fruit or fruit that is starting to go bad, then making jam is the perfect solution for it. Because you are going to cook down the fruit and mash it up, it doesn't matter if it's bruised or a little soft. Where if you were going to eat it, the it wouldn't be as enjoyable. So that makes it perfect for jam!

Easy AF: This easy Apricot Jam is so simple to make, you only need 3 simple ingredients: apricots, sugar, and lemon juice. This cooks over the stovetop in about 15 minutes, that's probably less time than it takes you to run to the store!

Use on Everything: This homemade Apricot Jam can be used as a filling inside cakes, in crumb bars, thumbprint cookies, and of course as a topping for toast, scones or pastries. This easy Apricot Jam will elevate anything that you top it with!

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Ingredients

Organic Apricots

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Organic Lemon

homemade apricot jam

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Small Pot

Spatula

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how to make apricot jam

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Add apricots, cane sugar, and lemon juice to a medium pot. Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.

Step 2

Turn the heat to high and boil for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Turn the heat back down to medium/low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the consistency is thick. Transfer to a glass jar and let cool to room temperature.

homemade apricot jam

FAQ's

What is the difference between jelly, jam, and preserves?

All three are made up of fruit and sugar to create a sweet spread you can use on toast or in baked goods, but the consistency of them is all different. So, I will break it down for you. Jelly is the most smooth and is made from fruit juice, which is how it achieves its smooth consistency. Jam is made from crushed or chopped fruit. And preserves are made from chunks of fruit, therefore leaving more pieces of fruit in the finished product. I usually make preserves or jam, as those are easy to make with fresh fruit on hand and less effort. I decided to make Apricot Jam today because the apricots are larger and I didn't want super large pieces in it (as would have been the case with preserves) as I want to make Apricot Thumbprint Cookies with this jam!

What if I don't have a lemon?

The lemon juice is used in low acidic fruits to help set the jam. Because apricots are a low acidic fruit, the lemon juice will help set this jam up so it doesn't fall out of thumbprint cookies, or run off your toast, and is a nice spreadable consistency. Basically — science. My least favorite subject in school, but one that has become more prevalent in my daily life as a baker haha.

If we're being honest – I have made jam with low acidic fruits before with no lemon juice and as long as you cook them down enough, they will be fine! But, there is another reason for the lemon juice, one that I think is even more important than texture. The lemon juice will act as a natural preservative and prevent bacteria from growing, therefore allowing you to keep your jam longer in the fridge.

But, hey, I'm all about transparency. And have I made jam before without lemon juice? Yes. Was it fine? Yes. Have I also made jam without lemon juice and then found it moldy in the fridge? Also yes. If you're going to eat all this amazing Apricot Jam within a day or two, and you cook it down enough, lemon juice isn't needed in my opinion. If you're going to make this Apricot Jam and gift it to your neighbor, you should definitely add the lemon juice!

How should I store homemade jam?

Homemade jam is best stored in an airtight glass container in the fridge.

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Apricot Jam

Mimi Council
Learn how to make this easy Apricot Jam recipe. You can use this homemade Apricot Jam on toast, waffles, in cookies, or cakes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Ingredient
Cuisine American
Makes 6 servings
Calories 55 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 226 grams apricots pitted and diced
  • 57 grams cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Add apricots, cane sugar, and lemon juice to a medium pot. Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Turn the heat to high and boil for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn the heat back down to medium/low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the consistency is thick. Transfer to a glass jar and let cool to room temperature.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 55kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 0.5mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 725IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.2mg
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