I can confidently say this is the easiest and tastiest Apricot Freezer Jam recipe I’ve ever made without pectin! Your family will LOVE the tangy sweet spread on toast, pancakes, waffles, ice cream, in apricot pies, and on yogurts! Only 10 minutes to make and lasts year(s) in the freezer!
If you have an Apricot tree, chances are you get a TON of Apricots every year (or almost every year). The perfect way to preserve a large amount of that nutritious harvest is to make several batches of this super easy Apricot Freezer Jam!
Step One Clean Apricots
The first step in making Apricot Freezer Jam is to clean your apricots really well!
Dirt, bird poop and pests can make tree ripened apricots dirty. Make sure you get anything on the apricots off especially down in the stem area. (This is a favorite spot for earwigs, so clean well!)
Clean well because, anything left on your fruit may end up on your (or your friend) toast!
Pit & Slice Apricots
After cleaning your apricots, cut them in half and remove the pits. Now is the time to inspect for brown spots, or other undesirable spots on your fruit, and trim that out. Discard pits and trimmed off fruit, and place good apricots into the blender!
I prefer to use a blender for apricot freezer jam, because my family prefers smooth apricot jam! I usually use a standard 14 cup blender.
However, If you prefer chucky freezer jam, use a food processor instead and process till desired consistency.
No Cook Apricot Freezer Jam
One of the best things about this recipe is that is does not require cooking at all. You don’t cook the fruit or the fruit in jars, like traditional jams! Your apricots will retain most of their vitamins and minerals because they aren’t processed… YEA!
Can You Make Freezer Jam With Apricots?
YES, you can most certainly make apricot freezer jam with fresh or frozen apricots! Apricot freezer jam has been one of my family favorites for over 15 years!
Apricot trees are good producers, and what do you do with all that apricot goodness? Making Apricot Freezer Jam is a wonderful and tasty way to preserve apricots for year(s)!
TIP: You will need to thaw frozen apricots to blend, but make sure to save all juices to include in blender, you’ll want all that goodness!
What Is The Difference Between Jam and Freezer Jam?
Traditional jams are made with large amounts of sugar, and are cooked with pectin, then processed by water bath canning.
However, freezer jams require little sugar, and do not cook fruit! What you are left with is a far superior product that is FRESH, tasty and HEALTHY!
Freezer jams are stored in the freezer not on the shelf like traditional jams. However both types of jam are best used within one year!
Should You PEEL Apricots For Jam?
Some people peel apricots before making jam, however I do not. The skin on apricots are high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and FIBER. So, I keep the skin on and blend together. You can’t tell the skins or peels were left on after making this recipe!
TIP: If you want to remove skins anyways, blanch them first, and skin will easily remove without taking the flesh of the apricots with it.
Are Apricots High In Pectin?
There are multiple sources and charts showing pectin levels of fruit. Apricots show as high or higher in pectin as apples on some charts, and medium pectin levels on other charts.
Pectin is not needed in this freezer jam recipe… UltraGel is all you need to make your jam as thick as you like!
Can You Freeze Apricots?
If you have a TON of Apricots, it can be overwhelming. YES… Go ahead and wash your apricots, trim and pit them and freeze! You can make freezer jam from frozen Apricots later!
There is no negative effect to apricot freezer jam by making it with frozen fruit!
Apricot Freezer Jam From Frozen Apricots
To make Apricot Freezer Jam from previously frozen fruit, just thaw apricots on the kitchen counter and reserve juices. (You’ll need apricot juices to blend with apricot flesh!)
After apricots are thawed, follow this recipe as if they were fresh!
How Long Does Freezer Jam Last In Freezer?
Freezer Jam is best if used within a year… HOWEVER, it’s still very TASTY through 2 years in the deep freezer, although it may lose some nutritional value! The top layer of your freezer jam may become discolored from oxygen. Simply remove discolored layer and enjoy!
TOOLS YOU’LL NEED
- Blender or a Food Processor
- Measuring Cups
- A Big Soft Spoon
- Freezer safe jars or storage containers
- And Freezer Space!
Ultra Gel is a modified food starch made from potato or corn starch. They use an enzyme to change or modify the starch in corn or potatoes so that you don’t have to cook it to thicken! Ultra Gel thickens any liquid whether it’s hot or cold. It’s is an AWESOME thickener to keep on hand, and it’s wonderful for raw jams, like this apricot freezer jam recipe!
CAN I USE PLASTIC CONTAINERS FOR FREEZER JAM?
Yes, you can use plastic containers to freeze your strawberry freezer jam! Any smaller sturdy plastic container with a tight fitting lid will work. However, I prefer containers that are BPA free, like these BPA free small containers!
- Trimmed Apricots - Batches are made by filling your blender. (About 6 cups at a time)
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup lemon juice concentrate
- 1/2 cup Ultra Gel Thickener
- Wash fruit thoroughly
- trim and pit apricots
- place chopped apricots and lemon juice in blender or food processor and blend till desired texture. (I just fill my blender to 3 inches of the top, I don't measure... so about 5 cups)
- add sugar and Ultra Gel and blend till well incorporated.
- Pour into freezer safe jars or bags.
- Enjoy or Freeze for later use!
1. Apricot Freezer Jam is best if used within the first year. HOWEVER, it is still wonderful through 2 years... It just loses some nutritional value. (Very likely still more nutritious than traditional jams!)
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