Perfect Apricot Jam

…without pectin.

Apricot Jam

 Mmmmmm….toast and jam makes me really happy.


I had to take a break from packing and painting and weed killing because some things…like apricots, just won’t wait. At the risk of losing them all, I decided to just drop everything and make some jam in my cute little kitchen.


I wasn’t positive that I even had everything that I needed because I’m still living in one house while working on the other, and I don’t have my kitchen totally set up yet.

As it turns out, I found what I needed. I also found a very simple recipe without pectin, that–short of burning the whole pot to a crisp–promised to be pretty much fool-proof. My kind of recipe.


So, you start with 8 cups of washed, pitted, and chopped apricots. 

 Mush them around a bit with a potato masher. You don’t have to go crazy with this part–just smash them enough that you release a fair amount of the natural juices.


Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice. I used bottled juice–but if you have fresh lemons, you can use them. Either way should be fine.


Now add 6 cups of sugar to a nice, deep sauce pan. Stir in the apricots and mix it well.


Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Once the mixture reaches a rolling boil, continue cooking for about 30 minutes. Keep checking on it and stirring so that it doesn’t stick to the pan and scorch.


When it starts getting really foamy, I always add about a teaspoon and a half of butter–which usually calms it all down. You don’t have to do that–it’s just what I do.

Now I should have a lovely picture of pouring the beautiful jam into the jars, but since I was alone in the house, taking pictures of that process seemed like a good way to land in the emergency room.  SO…

you’ll have to believe me when I tell you that I poured the jam in the hot, clean jars and processed them in the boiling water canner for 10 minutes.


Here’s my proof. That and…



Gr Signature

Perfect Apricot Jam–Without Pectin
Serves: 5 pints
  • 8 cups chopped apricots
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 5 pint jars, lids and rings
  1. Mash the apricots lightly.
  2. Add lemon juice and sugar.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  4. Once it reaches a rolling boil, continue boiling for about 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and pour into clean, hot jars.
  6. Process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.
  7. Let set for a few hours until cans seal
  8. :]

6 Replies to “Perfect Apricot Jam”

  1. That looks delicious, easy to make, and something that reminds me of watching you make jams growing up. I love seeing you cook in your new little place. Makes me happy!

  2. yUUUm!!! Thanks for sharing all that yummy-ness with me! 🙂 It definitely tastes as good as it looks. Now then, I need to know more about the boiling water canner because I’m going to be buried in peaches soon. 😉

  3. Delish but way too much sugar! I made it with only 2 cups of sugar and that was plenty sweet enough for my taste buds 🙂

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