Sunday, January 20, 2013

Easy Dried Apricot Jam-And A New Kitchen Toy

This is a super simple small batch of jam that's great with cream cheese on your morning bagel! I've seen a few different recipes and methods and decided to come up with an easy one that was quick.
(Quick-must be that Philly thing again:@) 
I am very pleased with it and will be making it often!
My Walmart has 3oz of apricots for 98¢, that makes about 8oz of jam which comes to approx $1.40. It has less sugar than store bought, not to mention whatever other undesirables the factory adds in...
A note about flavorings: I chose lemon juice and just a few grates of lemon zest. Bloggy Buddy BJ makes a version HERE with almond extract. Food In Jars made a version using vanilla extract HERE

As for my new kitchen toy-
I used these Kuhn Rikon Snips that I got from QVC, boy did they work great! I've cut apricots with my chef's knife before and they stuck and got gunky, not with these snips.

Dried Apricot Jam
3 oz dried apricots, cut/chopped
1 C boiling water
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 C sugar-more or less to taste
Lemon zest-I ran 1/3 of the lemon down the grater about 4 times, you just want a touch to brighten it.
  1. Place cut apricots in a small bowl.
  2. Pour boiling water over them and let sit for 3 hours.
  3. Pour apricots and water into small food processor and give a good 10 pulses or more. The consistency you see will approximately be your jam, you decide if you want it chunkier or smoother. Note: Please do not put the apricots in the food processor before soaking-not good!
  4. Pour into a pan (I used a flared 8" skillet). Heat over medium high, stirring constantly, when you see the first bubbles reduce heat to medium-low maintaining a low bubble and cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. (Apricots will scorch, keep 'em moving!)
  5. Add sugar, start with 1/8 C, carefully taste it (it's hot) and add more until you're happy-it's your jam:@)
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low simmer and cook for one minute stirring constantly.
  7. Turn off heat, add the lemon zest, stir and pour into a clean jar.
  8. Cool, add a lid and store in the fridge. Don't know how long it will stay good... doesn't last long enough to find out!
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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  1. Very yummy sounding! Be good on an English muffin!


  2. I want some right now on my pancakes.I see you an I are up early and both are thinking of good foodies,I must try this,I have some very sharp poultry shears(never used on a chicken-teehehe).
    Now must get to grocery after church today,I love this jam recipe,loven' me some apricot,we can make it as sweet(or not) as we like.
    ~JO @LoblollyLane

  3. sounds delish.. gonna try your method for sure.. thanks~!

  4. I'm so happy to have this recipe, Lynn. Apricot is my favorite jam and I like being able to make a small batch. I have never used dried apricots before. I can almost taste it now.

  5. I use preserves a lot and I would love to make it at home, quickly and little batches! Thanks so much for sharing this, I can't wait to try it :)

  6. What a great recipe. I've never made apricot jam before. Love those new shears! QVC has the best gadgets, I have a kitchen full of them!

  7. This sounds great, I need to do a Wal-Mart run. Love those scissors. I am a QVC gal myself. I like apricot jam on chicken or baked ham, yummy. Stay warm, Lynn! xo

  8. Mmmmm that looks good - going to try it soon. Thanks

  9. My sister introduced me to Kuhn Rikon Snips --- they are awesome!!

  10. This sounds so good and easy! I never tried dried fruit to make jam. THanks for sharing. : )

  11. I love apricots and apricot jam. One of my favorite appetizers is brie with warmed apricot preserves and toasted almonds. Can't wait to make this!

  12. yummo!!! I have never had apricot jam before ~ believe that!!! This sounds so delicious! Keep your fingers crossed!!! : )

  13. I am going to make this for sure. I love to make jam but I usually make a large amount at a time and use sure jell. I guess it isn't needed for your small amount of jam and the way you cook it. It looks delish!!!
    xo, Jeanne

  14. Would be great on an English muffin. Love your new snips.

  15. I absolutely must make this for my husband. Dried apricots are among his favorite tastes. I need to check out BJ's recipe too. I've been so absent due to family stuff that I'm behind here and there (and everywhere)

    Pinning this one!

  16. Sounds wonderful, Lynn! I have some dried apricots right now in the pantry, too. It's good to know about WM' s brand. Thanks for the tip on your new kitchen snips. Kuhn Richon is a good brand.

  17. Sounds easy enough for me to do it and I always have apricots on hand.

  18. Hi Lynnie! Oh, this looks so good! Wish I were your neighbor because I'll bet you'd share! :)
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  19. I bet this tastes waaaay better than the store-bough ones!

    Following your lovely blog's GFC. I blog @ Why?

    I am also inviting you to join Tiddle Diddle Handmade Shoppe's first giveaway event.

  20. Hi Lynn,
    that sounds great and easy. I will try it.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  21. That sounds good! DH uses apricot in his rugelach, I am sure the homemade jams are better than bought.
    Good to know about the scissors! Hope you linked to as QVC offers a discount through them!

  22. A must try recipe! I love your handy snips, they look heavy duty and definitely up to the challenge of cutting apricots!


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