Safta Rachel's Fresh Apricot Preserves

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READY IN: 1hr 25mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Wash and dry apricots; halve and seed them.
  • Place fruit in a large, non-reactive pot with heavy base.
  • Pour sugar over apricots and cover; let stand several hours or preferably overnight to draw out juices.
  • Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, uncovered.
  • Reduce heat to low and continue to boil very gently for 45 minutes, making sure that liquid is always bubbling and stirring often with a wooden spoon to keep preserves from sticking.
  • Add butter during this time.
  • Do not allow to scorch.
  • Test preserves for consistency; drop a small amount of the mixture on a plate. The preserves should mound, not drip from the spoon. the fruit should still be chunky.
  • For thick preserves, continue to cook until desired consistency is reached; approximately 20 minutes longer.
  • If preserves become too thick, add a little water.
  • Taste and correct sweetness with lemon juice if needed.
  • Pour preserves into prepared half-pint canning jars; process in hot water bath canner for ten minutes.
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