How To Make Small Batch Low Sugar Apricot Jam At Home
The best way to preserve apricots is to make small batch low sugar apricot jam. Jam is a handy and safe way to preserve your apricots. Even small backyard crops can be preserved by making its apricot jam in small batches, recipe provided below.
In order to sweeten the apricot jam, some people use granulated cane sugar and others use honey to maintain low sugar effect. You can refine your recipe on the basis of your personal experiences. Low sugar apricot jam can be made easily in small batches. It can be stored for a long time if stored carefully.
- Six 8-ounce jars
Recipe to prepare Low Sugar Apricot Jam
In order to make small batch low sugar apricot jam, you will have to gather the following ingredients.
Ingredients For Low Sugar Apricot Jam
- 4 cups mashed/chopped or pureed apricots
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup Water
- 2 cup sugar or 1 cup honey
The low sugar apricot jam made according to this recipe will be slightly sweet and citrusy taste with a hint of cinnamon. Though you can chop or mash the apricots for making jam, making a puree will create a smooth textured jam and make filling the jars easier.
Directions For Low Sugar Apricot Jam
- First, you should wash the apricots, the apricots in half, and remove the apricot pit (large seed
- Put the pitted apricots in a wide bottom pot to simmer with water for at least 10 minutes or till they tender. While simmering them you should gently stir them constantly.
- Now you can either mash the apricots to make jam or make them into puree to get a smoother texture of the jam.
- In order to make the apricot puree, after cooking the apricots, you will have to process them through a food mill or a food strainer to remove uncut fibrous content from it.
- Now you can add lemon juice, cinnamon powder, and sugar or local honey, it is your preference, to your mashed or pureed apricots.
- Now simmer the whole stuff at low heat at least for 40 minutes and stir it consistently until the entire stuff becomes thick.
- If you are using apricot puree, then you need not sieve the jam but if you are using mashed apricots for making small batch low sugar apricot jam then you can sieve the resultant stuff if required.
- You can check whether the apricot jam is thick enough or not, you can pour some of it on a small chilled plate. After allowing the jam to cool down on the plate you can move your finger through it to make a line.
- If the line drawn by you refills with jam, then it is not thick enough. You will have to simmer it some more. You can check its thickness again before filling it in jars. But if the line remains as it is then you should fill your jam jars quickly.
How to store apricot jam?
- When you make small batch low sugar apricot jam at your home then you should store it carefully so that you can use it for a long time. It is better to store this homemade jam in the jars with 8-ounce capacity.
- The jars you use for this purpose should be sterilized along with their lids.
- Now pour the jam into the jars leaving free space on their top up to nearly inch.
- Now seal the lids on the jars and put the jars upside down to allow the jam to cool down completely.
- Before storing the jars of apricot jam, you should check whether they are sealed properly or not by pushing or tapping their lids downward. It is sealed properly if the lid does not pop up or down otherwise it is not sealed properly.
The shelf life of low sugar apricot jams
- The shelf life of unsealed jars of apricot jam is a few days if kept in the refrigerator.
- However properly sealed jars of apricot jam can be used for many months.
Safety tips for preserving homemade jams and other similar products
Homemade food items like jellies, jams, and fruits can be preserved for a reasonably long time if they are stored in properly sealed containers immediately after making them.
Homemade jams can be preserved up to three years by taking some careful steps like:
- The jars and their lids used for storing homemade jams should be sanitized carefully by washing them with a solution of hot soapy water and warm water and boiling them subsequently for 15 minutes in a hot water bath.
- While transferring the jams in the jars you should use tongs to hold the jars
- After placing lids on the jars, you should put them upside-down on a clean kitchen towel to cool
- These sterilized, and hermetically sealed homemade jams can have a shelf life up to three years if they are not opened even once after sealing them.
- Properly sealed and unopened jars of homemade jams should be stored in a cool and dry place.
- The jam should be consumed as soon as possible once it is opened as it can spoil after a few days.
- Once opened homemade jams by refrigerating them and are best to consume it within one month.