Isn’t it the season for apricot now?
Why not go grab some and let’s do some marmalade?
Ah summer is full of goodies, apricot, peaches, plums, cherries. And the first thing I like to do with all of these fruits is to stock up my pantry with the jam and marmalade for those days don’t get such fruits.
The homemade marmalade makes a great gift idea along with some crackers and cream cheese, I already gave tow friends of mine a basket of these and they were very happy with it. Even my friends whom I gifted her some marmalade, since she always use the store-bought, said the homemade is better.
When you prepare the apricot, wash it and put it on a clean towel to dry, pit and cut it into small pieces, then weigh it. the amount in this recipe will make at least 3 jars.
The most important step in making marmalade is sterilizing the jars, mom used to put the jars with their leads in a big pot of simmering water and wait 5 minutes. But my way is to put the jars in the dish washer on high heat and hot air drying, or any water in the jar can be dried with clean towel.
1 kilo apricot (washed, dried, pitted, and cut)
5 cups sugar
drops of lemon juice
After washing the apricot, dry it with clean towel, cut it in half and take of the pits inside, then cut it to small pieces, put the apricot in a pot that size double the amount of the apricot, to leave room for the apricot when boiling. Add the sugar, cover it and leave it over night in the fridge.
The next day, stir the apricot with its own formed syrup, put the pot on medium heat and let it boil, after boiling lower the heat to low, count half an hour, check every while and stir.
You will notice a white frothy surface on the marmalade, take it off, test the thickness of the marmalade. Add a few drops of lemon juice let it simmer for more 2-3 minutes and turn off the heat, let set for 5 minutes.
Spoon the marmalade into the jars while it is hot, cover it and keep it in room temperature.