Glass with apricot jam and fresh apricots in basket

If you've been in the market for jam, but need one that isn't too hard to make, you're in luck. Foolproof Apricot Jam Recipe is perfect and is one of the amazing and very delicious recipes that you can prepare at home. It's got everything. From the creamy sweet apricot to the refreshing nature of lemon water to the lovely nutty flavor of almond.

Enjoyable apricot recipes receive immediate success and acceptance with everyone, from children to women during breakfast and serve them with a healthy trail mix with their favorite fruit, and these are among the recipes in the UK that you cannot resist, do not worry, we will explain how to make a homemade jam recipe with fresh apricots and dried apricots. You can also follow the same steps to prepare a jam of Dried blueberries or strawberry jam.

What do I need to make homemade apricot jam?

All you need from the basic materials is to buy the best fresh apricots in the market, if it is not in season I advise you to look for a plump apricot, which is a dried apricot, and you will need several things. You will need a good jar or bowl, and you will need a good-sized pot. Something more than three quarters in size works great for this type of food.

* Equipment *

  • 3/4 jam jars of approximately 450 g
  • cooking measure volume
  • Nutcracker
  • jam bowl
  • skimmer
  • small saucepan
  • little ladle

How to make a foolproof apricot jam recipe?

* preparation: 20 minutes *

* cook: 25 minutes *

* rest: 12 hours *


  • A kilogram of fresh apricots.
  • 2 cups of caster sugar.
  • 1 small cup of fresh lemon juice
  • Cup water
  • Tsp cinnamon (for flavor.)


1- First, sterilize the jam jars by boiling them in hot water to get rid of bacteria.

2- Wash the apricots well with water and chop, then we remove the kernels from the apricots.

3- In a medium bowl, combine the apricots chopped, sugar, lemon juice, and a pinch of cinnamon, and mix with a spoon.

4- Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator overnight for 12 hours.

The first step of preparing apricot jam

5- The next day, the apricots will become very soft and contain some fluid due to the sugar and lemon water.

6- Put the apricot mixture in a bowl and add a cup of water to it, then bring it to a boil over medium heat. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat from medium to low and continue stirring carefully from time to time so that the apricots do not stick to the bottom of the saucepan.
Put apricots on low heat
7- Due to the high temperature, you may notice white foam building up on the surface. Use a large spatula to shake the surface constantly to remove as much of this foam as possible.

- After the mixture has boiled for at least 22-25 minutes and any foam that builds up, you will now notice that the apricots have been cooked, but some still retain their shape. This is exactly what we want.

8- Turn off the stove and leave the mixture to cool.

9- Pour the mixed apricots into the jam jar and cover first with waxed paper, then with the lids of the jars.

Apricot jam canning

10- You can keep it for a few months at room temperature if you haven't opened it after canning, but once opened it should store in the refrigerator.

The secret to its delicious taste is the type of jam you use. It's a simple recipe and healthy meal: use a real fresh and overripe apricot. If you use the wrong type, you'll end up with something less than foolproof.

For example, if you use sweetened jam instead of real fresh fruit, you'll be wasting the sugars and eliminating some of the vitamins so that the result will be something less than pure. Then there's the coloring. There are plenty of recipes on the internet that require coloring, which can be pretty harsh and unhealthy to ingest. 


- Don't choose unripe or spoiled fruits, as they can quickly spoil the jam.

- When choosing apricots, look for the orange ones and not the green or light yellow ones.

- Try not to prepare large amounts of jam at once.

- It is advisable to put the jam in a clean bowl and use the spoon when using it clean and dry.

- It is not necessary to peel the apricots before making jam

- Be careful, watch the cooking of the jam which tends to boil over.

- Watch the cooking at the end, because the jam tends to stick to the bottom of the pan.

- The jam jars must be sterilized before the canning step.

- Don't forget to stick the date of jam preparation in the bowl

- Store the jam in the refrigerator for up to several months, provided that you close the jar tightly and not open it to ensure that air does not leak into the jam, so the storage period will be for a long time without damage.

- Place the delicious apricot jam in a serving dish.

- Serve as a side dish with butter and toasted slices.

A jam box and a basket containing the apricots
Apricot jam photo by issamo chef

Are apricots high in pectin?

Yes, naturally apricot is one of the fruits richest in pectin. Pectin is a very well-tolerated fiber. This is the reason why apricot is the fruit of choice for jam. Provided that the apricots are sufficiently ripe, otherwise, the pectin level will not be sufficient and the jam will be difficult to set.

Apricot does not only contain pectin, One apricot contains 17 calories (kcal,) and among the most important elements and vitamins, this fruit contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, and Dietary Fiber.

How to make up for too much liquid jam?

Open the jars, pour the jam into a saucepan and cook again, to facilitate the evaporation of the excess water. Stop cooking when the jam has the right setting. To check, put a little jam on a very cold plate. The jam should drain a bit and then stop.

Can you use frozen apricots to make jam?

Yes, you can prepare jam with frozen apricots and dried apricots just like fresh, the difference is over time due to the dryness of the freezer and the dryer of water, Also, you should blend in some freshly squeezed lemon juice. Lemons are tart, but they also contain an enzyme that makes them taste excellent. A little bit goes a long way in jam recipes, so be sure to include plenty.

Don't worry; it's safe to eat! This jam contains little, if any, artificial colorings, flavors, or sweeteners. It's all-natural, but it's not overly sweet either. It may be the jam that you want to make with your friends and family on a hot summer day or just to keep in the fridge, so it doesn't go wrong.

Nutmeg is an excellent addition to any jam. Add it in small bits or whole, depending on your tastes. Nutmeg adds a subtle spice that also provides a sort of sweetness.

What is an apricot jam made of?

It's not as expensive to buy the right quality ingredients as it is to make them. You can find real organic apricots at most supermarkets. You can also find all-natural yogurt, vinegar, or any number of other homemade ingredients that you may already have. Even a squeeze of fresh lemon juice can go a long way in a jam recipe.

If you can't find fresh fruits, then make jam from dried fruits. You can make it even easier by using a bread machine. 

How do you thicken apricot jam?

Using this method can be a great way to save time and money. Once the jam has been blended and has cooled down, you simply pour it into your jar or bowl and pop it in the freezer. Your jam will keep in the freezer for about two weeks.

A great time to enjoy this kind of jam is right before or after dinner when you can have it plain or with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. You can also make it right before it freezes to give to family and friends for Christmas, birthdays, Mother's Day, or Valentine's Day. You will be surprised by how many different ways this particular jam recipe can be used.  

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