Learning how to can apricots is a great way to build your pantry. Apricots are a great versatile fruit that can go from jams and jellies to sauces and savory compotes with ease.
First, to can apricots, it’s essential that you start with washing them off to remove dirt. No need to peel. Slice down the “seam” of the apricot to split in half and place in an anti-browning solution. (translation: 1/4 cup of lemon juice to 1 gallon water) Keep the in the solution until you are finished with all the fruit.
Gently heat the apricots in a simple syrup of 1 cup of sugar to 1 quart of water.
This is known as a “light syrup”. You can make it more sugary if you want simply by adding more sugar to the water.Once boiling, place the cut side down in the jars. Using a tongs will help you flip any stubborn ones over. This is so you can add more into the jar. Use a non metallic instrument, like a rubber spatula, to remove all air bubbles.
Wipe the lid with a clean towel, add the hot lid and band and pressure can at 5lbs pressure for 10 minutes for both pints and quarts!
Once the canner has cooled, remove the jars and wipe off. Store in cool, dry place for up to a year.
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