Apricot Jam

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 my Apricot Thumbprint Cookies.

how to make apricot jam

Why You'll Love This Recipe

When you have bruised fruit or fruit that is starting to go bad, then making jam is the perfect solution for it. 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.

Apricot Jam is so easy to make, you only need 3 simple ingredients: apricots, sugar, and lemon juice. 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.

But, 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 to make apricot jam
easy apricot jam recipe

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 my Apricot Thumbprint Cookies with this jam!

how to make apricot jam
how to make apricot jam

Why organic?

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

how to make apricot jam

Apricot Jam

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy



Learn how to make apricot jam with this easy Apricot Jam recipe. You can use this jam on toast, waffles, in cookies, or cakes!


  • 8 ounces organic pitted and diced apricots

  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) organic cane sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon organic lemon juice


  • 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.


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