Smooth Apricot Jam!
My favorite all time jam has to be this Apricot Jam! As a little girl I spent time with my grandmother and great aunt and I watched them work in the kitchen. They made such lovely and wonderful meals, from elaborate desserts, to main entrees, to jams and all sorts of sweets! This jam has always been my favorite. It is gooey, and smooth and sweet!
I finally figured out the recipe and I am sharing it with you in hopes it will also bring you sweetness and joy!
Aleks and I went to Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market in Hellam, Pennsylvania and picked up the most amazing apricots. If you have a chance to stop there, I would highly recommend it. They are also part of the Harvest Hosts system, where various businesses will let RVers stay on their land for free for a few nights, and in return you purchase some of their products! It is so much fun when we stay on a produce/fruit farm. I enjoy eating fresh veggies!
Here is the recipe!
3 ½ lbs apricots - pitted & halved
4 cups of sugar
½ cup fresh lemon juice, from 2 lemons
¾ cup of water
Preheat a wide bottom pan on medium low heat.
Wash the apricots, pit them and halve them. Just run a knife around each apricot and slowly twist to separate them and then take the pit out.
Once the pan is warm add all the apricots and the water. Simmer for 10 minutes making sure to stir frequently so as not to burn the apricots. Use a wooden spoon or spatula.
Once the apricots are really soft and appear to be mushy, add the sugar and the lemon juice. Give it a stir. Simmer for about 40 minutes or until the jam thickens. This could take less time. Continue to stir frequently, so as not to burn the apricots.
If you would like to check that the jam has set, stir it with the wooden spoon. Pull out the spoon, set it on the counter and wait a few seconds. Run your finger through and taste it. If the jam doesn't run, it means it is thick enough.
However, I like my jam a little less thick, so this will less thick than what you might be used to.
Using a Vitamix Blender with the 48oz wide base container carefully pour the jam mixture (the mixture will be very hot) in the container. Mix until smooth.
Then pour in your jars and you can either go through the canning process (follow manufacturing process) or just put them in the fridge and eat within 7 days.