How To Make Apricot Jam

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We had a big harvest of apricots this year from just one tree.  In the morning Dad and little Noah went out to the tree and had a good time harvesting two full buckets of apricots.  We gave some away and were left with a whole bunch.  Little Liberty Joy loves these because they are soft for babies.  Destiny asked what apricots were good for and we learned great things about this delicious fruit.

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Before You Begin making the jam, you need Pomona’s pectin packet of calcium: 
Prepare calcium water by combining ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well. Keep the rest in the refrigerator for making more later.

Apricot Jam Ingredients

4 cups washed, finely chopped, and mashed apricots
¼ cup lemon juice
4 teaspoons calcium water
½ cup up to 1 cup honey or ¾ cup up to 2 cups rapadura sugar
3 teaspoons Pomona’s pectin powder

Directions

1. Wash jars, lids, and bands. Place jars in a big pot with water and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and keep jars in hot canner water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small saucepan; cover and heat to a low boil. Turn off heat and keep lids in hot water until ready to use.image

2. Prepare fruit by washing it, pitting and smashing it.  The most fun part.  Yeeeh!

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“My turn, my turn…”

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4. Add lemon juice and mix well.

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Add calcium water and mix well.

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5. Measure sugar or room temperature honey into a bowl. Thoroughly mix pectin powder into sweetener. Set aside.

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6. Bring fruit mixture to a full boil. Add pectin-sweetener mixture, stirring vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes to dissolve the pectin while the jam comes back up to a boil.

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Once the jam returns to a full boil, remove it from the heat.

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7. Fill hot jars to ¼” of top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 10 minutes.

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Check seals; lids should be sucked down. Eat within 1 year. Lasts 3 weeks once opened.

Option: Feel free to vary the fruit with another fruit or a combination. Just be sure to keep the total quantity of mixed fruit at 4 cups per the rest of the recipe ingredients.

Mmmmmmm, the best jam you will ever taste just because it is homemade!

 

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