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Title: Apricot Jam
Post by: JulieO on December 08, 2009, 08:25:34 am
Not having made many jams, well only the strawberry one to be honest, was wondering if I needed to do anything different when making apricot jam?

Have bought 1kg from a seller and would love to give it a go.

Thanks in advance,

Julie.   :)
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: bron on December 08, 2009, 11:33:08 pm
Recipe in my book is as follows

Apricot Jam
500g apricots (weighed without the stone)
500g sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Place all ingredients in, and program 2 seconds, speed 5.
Program 30 mins, 100ļ, speed 2.
VoilŠ!

Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Thermomixer on December 09, 2009, 12:00:47 am
Thanks bron - that is very easy. 
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: cookie1 on December 09, 2009, 03:00:41 am
Thanks Bron and Thermomixer. Jams are so easy in the TMX.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: JulieO on December 09, 2009, 03:21:46 am
Thankyou Bron for posting, I appreciate it.  I will try it for sure  ;D

I did find this recipe on line last night and had a go immediately.  Very easy and the result is rather like a tub of thickened cream (in consistency).  I finished off on Varoma temp for 5 mins, but could go another 5 for thicker.  The only thing, I wish my apricots had been more ripe because that was the only thing wrong, but that was my fault for not being able to wait  :-)) 

It made 2 big jars and 1 small one.  I guess cooking the kernel is supposed to aid in setting?  Yes so easy in the TM.  I just wish I knew someone with an abundance of fruit.  :)

http://www.joysthermomixexperiences.clancie.com.au/ApricotJamRecipe.htm
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: JulieO on December 21, 2009, 06:21:13 am
I had some lovely apricots that I've been allowing to ripen and a little while ago, I removed the stones and weighed into the TM bowl.  Had 450g, so I added the same amount of jam sugar and 1/2 tsp citric acid(didn't want to juice a lemon for such a small amount), and followed Bron's recipe to make jam.  Much easier than having to remove the kernels from the stones, then fishing them out after cooking like the recipe I tried previously.

I finished off on Varoma temp for 3 mins, then poured into a big sterilised jar. 

I can tell it's going to be just right!  ;D

Thanks Bron, I will follow this simple recipe from now on.   I can't see me buying store bought jam ever again. ;D
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: achookwoman on December 21, 2009, 07:35:37 am
Made the Apricot jam,   beautiful flavor.   Used 3/4 amount of sug. and cooked for a further 10 mins. on varoma.  Still not thick enough for us so next time will add 1/2 packet of jamsetta.  So easy
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: katesjoy on December 31, 2009, 10:31:45 am
delish ... made this this morning to have with thermomixers' yummy crumpets.  Both were so yummy l had them for lunch as well  :D
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: cookie1 on December 31, 2009, 12:17:13 pm
Apricot jam on crumpets, sounds lovely and very comforting.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: judydawn on January 08, 2010, 07:24:04 am
I can now add this one to my list of done recipes too.  I can't believe how much jam/marmalade I have made lately - just because I can more than the fact that I need it  :-)) :-)) 
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: JulieO on January 08, 2010, 08:13:58 am
Good  work Judy.  Bron's recipe is the best I've tried.  I'm liking only making one or two jars at a time for our consumption, like you say I do because I can.  ;D
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: cookie1 on January 08, 2010, 09:18:56 am
I hadn't made jam for years until I got my TMX. Last year I made peach and passionfruit. This year I've done heaps of strawberry jam and plan to do MJ's dried apricot jam over the weekend.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on January 08, 2010, 11:07:57 am
It is just so easy to make with the TMX and the flavour of homemade jam is amazing. I bought a big box of local apricots earlier in the week and and have been making at least one batch of jam each day.  Today I needed a break from jam and decided to pick the baby beets from our garden and pickle them.  The TMX was wonderful for heating the vinegar and spices and dissolving the sugar (without me stirring it). It is just so versatile!  :)
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: cookie1 on January 20, 2010, 06:47:32 am
I made this yesterday. It was so easy and is so nice.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Pam_H on January 27, 2010, 01:21:21 am
Thanks for the recipe Bron, I made the apricots off our tree into jam using your recipe soo much easier than standing stiring over a hot stove and it turns out perfect everytime,very tasty,I have only just become a member so couldnt reply earlier
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Thermomixer on January 27, 2010, 01:28:24 am
Thanks for joining and the feedback - certainly couldn't imagine cooking jam any other way when it's 47 degrees  :o :o :o
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: fred on March 29, 2010, 11:54:55 am
I made this yesterday. It was so easy and is so nice.

Hi, we just got a Thermomix, I would appreciate the recipe for apricot jam with dried apricots. I could not find it on the forum.

Thanks

Fred
(in Perth)

Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: judydawn on March 29, 2010, 12:11:16 pm
Here it is Fred

http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=2642.0 (http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=2642.0)
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Thermomixer on March 31, 2010, 09:08:47 am
Welcome Fred - hope to hear more from you
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: cookie1 on March 31, 2010, 10:45:54 am
Welcome to the forum Fred. Where abouts in Perth are you hiding?
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: quirkycooking on March 31, 2010, 01:44:36 pm
Has anyone tried making apricot jam (fresh apricots) with a natural sweetener such as honey, apple juice concentrate, or Rapadura?  Or any jam that has only fruit?  I read that it will only set if you use citrus pectin, as it is activated by calcium.  I haven't been able to find citrus pectin here, probably could on the internet though.  I can never bear to make jam because of the amount of sugar in it, so I have a heap of organic apricots sitting in my freezer waiting for me to work it out!!  Help??
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: cathy79 on March 31, 2010, 02:39:26 pm
Has anyone tried making apricot jam (fresh apricots) with a natural sweetener such as honey, apple juice concentrate, or Rapadura?  Or any jam that has only fruit?  I read that it will only set if you use citrus pectin, as it is activated by calcium.  I haven't been able to find citrus pectin here, probably could on the internet though.  I can never bear to make jam because of the amount of sugar in it, so I have a heap of organic apricots sitting in my freezer waiting for me to work it out!!  Help??
I've made strawberry jam and peach jam, both times using 50% rapadura to fruit and nothing else.  You just have to cook it longer so that it thickens.  Delicious!

I thought I'd posted a recipe I found for homemade pectin for jam making.  It was from a book I borrowed from the library and I'm sure Chelsea mentioned that she has it.  I think it was called A Year by the Bottle.  It was basically whole cooked apples as from memory it was the seeds that have the pectin in them.

Hope that gives you a few hints.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: achookwoman on April 01, 2010, 12:57:28 am
The book, A Year in a Bottle , is by Sally Wise.  She lives in Tassie
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on April 01, 2010, 03:57:20 am
Am so excited to hear that rapadura works well.  I have been keeping raw organic sugar in the kitchen just for jam making - now it can be gone for good.  :)

I'm just checking out my book now (A Year in a Bottle).

Apricots have a medium pectin level, less if they are overripe though.  You can add pectin to jams - use up to 1 cup liquid pectin stock for every 1kg of fruit.  There is a pectin test - let me know if you want that Jo.

Recipe for pectin stock (I'm sure you will be able to easily convert it to TMX and reduce the quantity):
1kg gooseberries, white currants, crab apples or cooking apples (such as Granny Smiths)
3 cups water
Combine gooseberries, currants or apples (or even just the cores) with water in a large saucepan.  Bring to boil and simmer for 45 mins.  Strain several times through a muslin (double thickness) lined colander.  Freeze excess in small containers.

In addition Sally recommends 600g sugar for every 1kg of fruit.

Hope that helps.  :)
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: quirkycooking on April 01, 2010, 06:24:18 am
Oh, thanks so much Chelsea & Cathy!!!  We spend way too much on jam, because I'll only buy the ones that are naturally sweetened, and my dh goes through them very quickly!!  I really want to be able to make my own. The apricots I had were a little underripe, so I left them a few days before freezing - I guess I can just boil it longer if they're not thick enough. 

I remember seeing a recipe somewhere to make your own pectin from lemon seeds/skin or something... can't remember where though.  Might just try the apples.  I'll have to go buy some apples, I've run out...

Thank you  :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: cathy79 on April 01, 2010, 12:42:09 pm
Thanks Chelsea - that's exactly the recipe I was talking about.  Hope your jam goes well Jo.  I'll be making grape jam tomorrow as our local fruit shop is closed for 5 days over Easter and basically gave away their fruit right before closing.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Thermomixer on April 02, 2010, 02:39:53 pm
Thanks Chelsea - great little tip - may need to create a new Topic for it so others will find it
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Denzelmum on January 22, 2011, 05:40:13 am
Made this and looks a bit runny, but after leaving it in the fridge it's thicken.  My 5yo DD said it's a bit sour, next time might have to add sugar or find better and riper apricot.  Thanks for the recipe, Bron.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on January 22, 2011, 10:20:52 am
If you use very ripe apricots they will probably taste sweeter, but not set as well due to the low pectin levels.  You may need jam setter or pectin.  :)
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Denzelmum on January 22, 2011, 10:29:04 am
Thanks Chelsea!
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: DizzyGirl on December 09, 2011, 07:51:11 pm
OK I am going to give this a try tody. Evvery other jam we have made has been a syrup and not thickened. I bought some CSR Jam sugar and was wondering if I should use half plain white sugar and half jam sugar to get it to thicken. Anyone else done this?

Thanks

DG xxx
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Carine on December 09, 2011, 11:20:41 pm
Every year I make quite a few batch of jam with fruits out of our orchard.  I follow the same simple steps to get a jam that sets but isn't too solid.
I use 750g of castor sugar for 1kg of fruits (important to have top quality fruits, not over-ripe but full of flavour).
I make jam in my Le Creuset pots as they keep the heat in.
First I dissolve sugar with some water (enough to "melt" the sugar but you don't want it runny) by heating it gently. 
I leave the sugar syrup to simmer for 5mn. 
Then add the juice of one lemon and the fruit in one go.  I adjust the heat so that the jam will cook on high heat, without boiling (or getting out of the pot  ;D) and thicken.  I usually keep an eye on it!  Cooking time varies depending on the amount/ the kind of fruits you are using.  I generally don't cook more than 2kg of fruits at a time.
Do a setting test by dropping a spoon of jam on a saucer:  if it solidifies quicky your jam is ready to bottle.
I sterilize pots and lids for 10mn in boiling water just before bottling my jam.
Hope this helps  Good luck DG :)
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: fundj&e on December 10, 2011, 12:12:37 am
DG i would use the jam sugar. when i make jam i use jam setter or some agar agar
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: DizzyGirl on December 10, 2011, 12:43:28 am
Thank you for all your advice. I have used half jam sugr and half white sugar. Nearly cooked, will let you know how it goes.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: JulieO on December 10, 2011, 12:53:42 am
Since I started this thread what seems like eons ago now, I've now got it down pat using the method below.  I make as much apricot jam in our summer as I can to last us over the colder months until they come into season again. I find it so easy to do small amounts more often.

One thing I've learned that at the end of cooking it will seem runny but as it cools down it will thicken, once you've made it a couple of times you will get the idea.  At first I cooked longer on Varoma as it seemed too runny but once it was cold I found it to be too firm.  

APRICOT JAM
500g apricots (weighed without the stone)
approx 400g sugar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Place all ingredients into TM bowl.  Program 2 secs/speed 5.

Program 30 mins/ 100ļC/speed 2.  MC off.

Cook further 5 mins/Varoma temp/speed 2.  MC on a slant to stop spitting.(or use steamer basket)

Check on a cold saucer, if need be, cook further 3 mins/Varoma temp/speed 2.

Pour into sterilized jars and seal.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: DizzyGirl on December 10, 2011, 06:50:34 pm
Made this with 1/2 white sugar and 1/2 jam setter sugar and it is fabulous. Thank you so much for all your advise and this great little recipe. This is the first jam I have made that has set and isn't like a sauce.

Loves ya all

DG xxx
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: korrick on February 29, 2012, 11:07:51 am
This is my first jam making try. I only had 420gms in fresh apricots and made up the rest with dried apricots. I used raw sugar also as I didn't have caster sugar or jam setting sugar. The jam set beautifully and I didn't have to cook for the extra time. Great recipe. thanks.
Title: Re: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: EmeraldSue on January 16, 2013, 12:51:32 am
I made this following Julie's directions, but I doubled the recipe. I cooked on 100C for 25 minutes, and then increased the temp to cook/varoma for a further 10-15 minutes. My apricots were very ripe, so I added the juice of half a lemon, and blitzed the lemon seeds with the sugar to start with, and it has set well. This is my favourite jam.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Miss 50s on January 21, 2013, 10:37:04 am
I made this today but reduced the sugar. I also used raw sugar. It was quite thin and I'm not sure if that was the reason so I chucked a little bit of jam setta in and cooked it on varoma for 19 10 more mins and it was perfect!
Title: Re: Re: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Miss 50s on January 21, 2013, 10:37:25 am
10 mins I meant!
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Jezza on August 22, 2013, 07:20:32 am
Made this jam today out of some frozen apricots I had in the freezer which I defrosted.  Thanks so much it was easy.   8)
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: jeninwa on December 02, 2013, 05:47:26 am
Thanks JulieO made this today with your second recipe, apricots are just coming into season here, bought some hale damaged apricots at the markets yesterday for $3.50 kg. jam has turned out perfect.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: cookie1 on December 02, 2013, 08:57:05 am
Great price Jeninwa. I paid $17/kg for 4 on Friday. I must get down to the Spud Shed.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: JulieO on December 02, 2013, 09:00:05 am
You're all welcome girls. :D
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Wonder on December 02, 2013, 10:11:12 am
Thanks for bumping this Jeninwa, I got a bag of apricots (just over 1kg), for $3.50 I've stoned and put them in the freezer but might make jam after seeing this thread. Apricot jam is the only jam I eat.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Kimmyh on January 18, 2014, 09:05:33 am
My neighbour gave me some peacherines (cross between a peach and nectarine and don't worry if you haven't heard of them, I hadn't either). I used them to make a batch of jam today using JulieO's tweaked recipe. Jam turned out perfect with a lovely flavour. Great recipe thank you.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Wonder on March 03, 2014, 09:34:58 pm
I've made this up this morning as per JulieO's recipe using raw sugar. I'm hoping to have it for morning tea on fresh bread. Next time I wouldn't do the intial chopping as I like my jam with bigger pieces of fruit. Tasted good when I was checking the consistency.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Wonder on December 06, 2014, 02:18:23 am
This is a great easy jam. I had some apricots and a few white nectarines that needed using up. After only 40 mins I've got three bottles of lovely tasting jam and no wasted fruit.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: achookwoman on December 06, 2014, 07:24:46 am
This is a great easy jam. I had some apricots and a few white nectarines that needed using up. After only 40 mins I've got three bottles of lovely tasting jam and no wasted fruit.
Isn't that just great.  Would cost $8 a bottle for similar quality if you bought it.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Wonder on December 06, 2014, 09:21:34 am
I just can't get the consistency right, last jam was too solid and this one is a little runny but i'm not complaining, it still tastes great.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: achookwoman on December 06, 2014, 08:08:49 pm
Wonder,  don't stress about the consistency.  I have been making jam for 50 years and still sometimes get a too thin or too thick batch. 
Title: Apricot Jam
Post by: cookie1 on October 18, 2015, 09:43:35 am
I made this today. I had some frozen apricots in the freezer and decided I needed to use them. I didn't blitz the mixture as I wanted some pieces left in the jam. It didn't work out that way though, however it tastes lovely.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Kimmyh on December 29, 2015, 10:30:42 am
I made two batches using Julie's tweaks today. Gives a lovely result each time.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: EmeraldSue on January 18, 2016, 10:17:52 am
We were completely out of apricot jam, so I bought 1 kg of apricots from the fruit shop last week for $6/kg and made 3 jars of delicious jam using Julie's method. Nothing compares to homemade apricot jam, and my parents tree had a very small crop this year so I was willing to pay for apricots. I then went to the farmers market yesterday and couldn't pass up a 10kg box of beautiful apricots for $25. I now have almost 30 jars of jam which should see us through the year :)
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: cookie1 on January 18, 2016, 11:03:07 am
That is a lot of jam.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: spersephone on January 18, 2016, 01:08:07 pm
Just a bit!
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: judydawn on January 18, 2016, 01:12:09 pm
That would last me a lifetime Sue!  Did you use a stove top method for that amount of apricots?
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: mab19 on January 18, 2016, 10:51:32 pm
Nice jam Cookie.  I make some every Christmas to give to the lovely man who looks after my computer for me.  I use Chookies strawberry jam recipe and just replace the strawberries with apricots.  It always works.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: spersephone on January 19, 2016, 07:13:07 am
Yummy, I love real apricot jam, but I've never been a fan of eating apricots. I will want to make some jam one of these days, but I've still got heaps of strawberry left for now.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: EmeraldSue on January 19, 2016, 11:35:36 am
Judy, I tossed up as whether to do it on the stovetop or smaller batches in thermie. It was really hot, so decided against the stovetop. I did about 1100g of apricots in each batch. I put in about 500g of apricots and chopped on speed 5 for about 5 seconds, then added the sugar and mixed it for another 5 seconds. I then added the remaining 600g of apricots, and cooked it for 40 minutes at 100C plus another 6 or 7 minutes on varoma temp. Each batch yielded about 4 jars of jam, so it took me all day!
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: judydawn on January 19, 2016, 01:10:56 pm
You're a very dedicated cook Sue, no way would my back allow me to cook all day.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: judydawn on December 28, 2018, 10:54:06 am
 I had 1.5 kg apricots given to me today so Iíve made most of the fruit into this jam adding 5 minutes on Varoma temperature as suggested by JulieO.  So easy.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: Cornish Cream on December 28, 2018, 06:13:26 pm
Wow Judy those look good. 8)
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: judydawn on December 28, 2018, 09:42:05 pm
Thanks Denise, if I have anymore fruit given to me I might just stew it.  I donít eat a lot of jam so most of this will be given away.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: achookwoman on December 28, 2018, 10:50:50 pm
Looks good Judy.  I make a lot of jam and jellies and also give most away.  Everyone loves Apricot Jam.
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: judydawn on December 28, 2018, 11:11:16 pm
The biggest problem is the jars Chookie, Iíve probably used 40-50 in the past month (quite a few of those were bought jars) and stocks are now running low - so is my sugar! 
Title: Re: Apricot Jam
Post by: cookie1 on December 29, 2018, 11:46:32 am
As you say everyone loves apricot jam. I think I had better make some before the apricots disappear. DD eats the jam and I may have a teaspoon each day so it lasts for a long time.