Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Apricot Jam ...


Yesterday I was given a bag of homegrown apricots - the family had been enjoying them over the summer but the crop just out grew their consumption so I received just over 2 kgs...
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I halved the apricots, removed the kernels and trimmed the stalk ends and took off any major blemishes to the skin ...
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I used a recipe from the Australian Women's Weekly which was simply
2 kgs apricots
2 kgs sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup of water
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I started out in a small crockpot but as the mix started to boil, it looked like it was going to boil over so I transferred the mix to my Mum's trusty large stock pot.
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 Bring to the boil then boil uncovered for 30 minutes or until the jam starts to gel when tested on a cold saucer.  I reckon I boiled mine for 45 minutes just to make sure...
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Boiling, boiling, boiling!
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I was knackered by the end of the process as I seemed to be on my feet for a couple of hours, cutting, watching, bottling....
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I sterilized my jars by sitting them in my sink, filling them to the top with boiling water then tipped the water out and placed them on an oven tray (lined with baking paper) and put them into a 180C oven for 5 minutes to dry out.
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I then filled the hot jars with the jam (which had rested for about 10 minutes) and quickly covered with the cellophane covers.  I wiped the jars over with a damp cloth to get rid of sticky spills. 
Tah dah - the best apricot jam you ever tasted!  I also have the actual jar lid for each jar so will pop them on when storing in the pantry to keep them extra fresh.  All this cost me only $4 for the sugar!
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I am now trying to get a quantity of tomatoes to make Relish.  I have Mum's recipe which I have always enjoyed, I just need nice ripe tomatoes!
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Edited to say:  After tasting it, Brianna wanted to know if it would be wrong to sit with a jar and spoon and just consume it straight out of the jar!  It is yummy.
Cheers - Joolz

3 comments:

  1. Nothing like homemade is there. Homegrown apricots always taste so good unlike the sour little hard rocks you buy from the supermarkets.
    Have a great day Joolz
    Caroline :)

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  2. That jam looks delicious.
    Anne xx

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  3. I bet it tastes sooooo good Joolz...and not Brianna, it is not wrong to do that!!!! If I was closer I would brings the scones over xo

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