Tasty Apricot Jam Recipe

We just love free stuff here at A Self Sufficient Life.  Last week it was a carrier bag full of tiny sweet apricots.

The wonderful lady who gifted them to us suggested I make some Apricot Jam, to which I responded I had too much Cherry Jam to do at the moment.  But as the apricots sat, wafting their wonderful scent about the kitchen I gave in.  I am very glad I did.  I do believe this may now be my favorite homemade jam recipe!  Well until I try another I suppose.

Tasty Apricot Jam Recipe

Apricot Jam Ingredients

  • 1.3 kg apricots
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 kg sugar
  • 300ml water


Apricot Jam Method

Cut the apricots in half and remove the stones (keeping ten aside for use later on).  Put the prepared apricots in a glass bowl, mix with the lemon juice and leave till required.

Break open the ten reserved apricot stones with a hammer to extract the kernels.  Blanch the kernels in a little boiling water for one minute, peel off the brown skin and chop finely.

Put the sugar and water in a large saucepan and slowly bring to the boil,  stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Once the sugar is all dissolved, boil quickly for 3 minutes.

Add the apricots and simmer gently for 5 minutes.  Now bring back to the boil and keep at a rolling boil for 25 minutes until setting point is reached.

About 5 minutes before the jam is ready stir in the chopped apricot kernels.

Once the jam is ready, remove from the heat and leave to settle for 5 minutes, skimming off any skum.

Ladle into hot sterilised jars and seal.

This Apricot Jam will keep for up to 2 years, sealed somewhere cool, dark and dry.  Once open store for 3 months in the fridge.

This is fabulous on crumpets but you could also it to glaze fruit tarts or lamb joints before cooking.

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  1. Darn, and I’ve got no apricots on my tree this year due to a late frost! 🙁 I’ll have to file this recipe for next year!

    • Simply – we only planted an apricot tree this year, so think we’ll have a while to wait before I can make apricot jam from our own fruit – looking forward to it though!

  2. Almostgotit says:

    Sounds so mouthwatering! Wonder if you could use this with peaches, too? We’re not long from having them ripe around here…

  3. Goo says:

    Lamb and apricots sounds yummy, sadly we are unlikely to ever produce our own apricots here. Plenty of sheep to kidnap though!

    I like the pristine new look theme by the way, have you and Mr. D being cleaning your boots?

    • AG – I haven’t made peach jam – yet, but thinking it needs less cooking but some peeling action first.
      Goo – Would love to have fresh lamb available at home! As for the theme – yep it was a very late spring clean here!

  4. di-ani says:

    I made this jam.
    Very aromatic, with fresh and beautiful color.
    Thank you very much.
    Congratulations! Great idea.