Apricot Jam from Dried Apricots

I had a woman ask me if you can make jam from dried apricots and I thought I bet there are a lot of people who do not have access to fresh apricots like I do. I did try this a few years back and it was delicious. I am blessed to have fresh apricots and dear friends who let me strip their tree's. 

This a Grama recipe ...As you know she was of the Mormon faith and had dried, canned, pressure cooked everything and a cellar and pantry that would put most of us to shame....and feed half of California for 1 year.

 Apricot Jam from Dried Apricots

1 pound of dried apricots
3 cups of sugar  
1 cinnamon sticks
3 cloves
4 cardamom pods
Juice of one lemon and the zest

 Place the chopped apricots in a large bowl, cover with water and soak overnight.

* Make sure you have enough water to cover the apricots about an inch above the chopped fruit.
* You will add 3 cups of this liquid for the recipe

The first time I did this I did not chop the apricots chop them it is better dried are not as soft as fresh. You can use a food processor to chop them.

Place spices in a piece of muslin and tie securely with some kitchen string.
Just break up the cinnamon stick to fit.
Place apricots and 3 cups of the liquid the apricots slept in into a large pot with spice bag, bring to the rolling boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add sugar and lemon juice and zest, and return mixture to a slow boil.

Reduce the  heat and stir occasionally during one hour, or until the jam gels when tested. Pour into sterilized hot jars.

Water bath for 10 minutes remove from bath and let them cool.......yummmmm

Disclaimer: This is not an all inclusive recipe for making jam. You should have a basic knowledge and understanding of the canning process before proceeding. Please consult your local Center for Home Preservation for additional information and available classes.      

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