But we were also lucky enough to grab some of the apricot's from Washington.
Remember it is never to late to look at and plan next year's canning calendar. I love to mix up my jam's. To create a jam that makes you actually imagine the way it looked on the tree. You do want to taste the fruit prior to adding the sugar to your jam it varies on the fruit. Do not fret no pectin makes it alright to be variable with your sugar. It is all about the temperature.
Ingredients yields about 7 half pints - 8 0unce Jars
4 cup of chopped apricots
3 cups of blackberries
1/4 cup of lemon juice
3 to 4 cups of sugar- depends on the fruit
I thought that the mixture of some sweet apricots and just slightly tart blackberries would do a palate good.
Wash your fruit and let it dry thoroughly!
Water is no a jam's friend !
The first thing we need to do is chop up the apricot's. Not to small and not to large as we cook them down they will get small and we will use some of our tool's to accomplish the rest.
Place your chopped apricots and the lemon juice into a large stainless steel pot and simmer until they all get nice and warm. You can mush prior to adding your blackberries .In this little picture you see I turned to the old reliable potato smasher it always seems to do the job I need.
Alright moving on we have warmed our apricots pieces and lemon now it is time to add your blackberries. Stir in your blackberries and get those to the consistency you like.
Once you have a rolling boil coming up start to add your sugar one cup at a time. Make sure you dissolve the sugar prior to adding another cup. Once it is all dissipated bring it backup to a rolling boil.
To get it up to the right temperature which is a sweet 220 to get the gel. Just keep it at a rolling boil but keep stirring it so you do not burn the bottom or get a thicker mix on he bottom.
Ladle the jam into sterilized half-pint jars, wipe the rims, add lids and rings. Process in a boiling-water bath for 12 minutes.
Once done remove from the bath let them cool overnight. Once cooled remove the ring (do not store with the ring on) wipe clean and store labeled for up to one year.
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.