I'm so pleased with the amount of apricots we got from our tree this year - however, the birds and insects (consequences of an organic garden) left me with a lot of partially damaged fruit. What to do? Make jam of course!
Start by cutting up your apricots and de-stoning them. Weigh your cut up fruit. This determines your sugar quantity. Say I had 300grams of cut up fruit, then I would use 300 grams white sugar.
The juice of half a lemon, or thereabouts.
Place fruit, sugar and lemon juice on a low heat in a saucepan. Add a couple of tablespoons of water if it seems a little dry as the sugar starts to dissolve. Stir fairly often while it's dissolving.
Leave on a lowish heat, it will start to simmer and bubble, then eventually foam. Stir occasionally and watch that it doesn't foam over.
When the foam starts to subside and the jam looks glossier, do the saucer test.
What is the saucer test? Place a small amount of the liquid from the pot onto a saucer and pop in the fridge for a minute or two. If the liquid "sets" or is nice and thick and gloopy when you take it out then you're ready to jar.
Have your sterilised jars ready. That means washed in hot soapy water and placed in a low oven (leave the door ajar) on newspaper to dry and sterilise.
While the jars are still hot, ladle your hot jam into them carefully and seal. I just use plastic jam covers as I've found them to be the most mold resistant.
With a recipe like this you can make huge or tiny quantities.