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Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer Apricot Vanilla Jam



Hello Fabulous People,

Don't you just love this time of year? When all of the lovely fruits and vegetables come into season. Well, last week, my wonderful friend let us come and pick apricots from her tree. We gathered quite a few, actually more than we could eat before they would go bad, so I decided to try making a pectin free, freezer jam. I had never made jam before, but my family loves the homemade jam that our friend makes, so I thought I would give it a try.

This Summer Apricot Vanilla Jam is really yummy! Enjoy with your favorite scone or bread, or add it to the top of vanilla ice cream. It's like summer in a jar, so I just had to share the recipe with you.
Bon appetit!






Wash & cut the apricots in half and remove the pits, remove skins or keep them on, totally up to you. I kept mine on. Place halved apricots in food processor or Vitamix style blender. Pulse until desired consistency is reached. I like more chunky jam. Place processed apricots into a large pot and add in the lemon juice.


Now stir in the sugar and bring to a boil over a medium heat, while stirring frequently. Do this for about 20 minutes, or until the mixture thickens.


Now you can stir in the vanilla, until it is mixed throughout. Remove the jam from the heat.

Add the jam to your jars, leaving some room at the top. Allow to cool before placing them in the refrigerator or freezer.



Recipe for Summer Apricot Vanilla Freezer Jam
Makes 12 half pint jars

Ingredients:
  • 4 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 7 pounds of apricots
Directions: 
  1. Wash & cut the apricots in half and remove the pits. (Remove skins if you like, I kept mine on) 
  2. Place halved apricots in food processor or Vitamix style blender. Pulse until desired consistency is reached. I like more chunky jam. 
  3. Place processed apricots into a large pot and add in the lemon juice.
  4. Stir in the sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir frequently for approximately 20 minutes, until the mixture thickens. 
  5. Stir in the vanilla, until mixed throughout. 
  6. Finally put the jam into your jars, allow to cool, and then place in refrigerator for now, or freezer to enjoy later. 
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I hope that you enjoy this recipe, as much as we did! I can't wait to try this with different fruits, I'll keep you posted!

Cheers!

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