BOTTLED APRICOTS (HALVED/SLICED)



Preserve homegrown (or locally sourced) apricots to enjoy all year long!  Choose fresh, fragrant, fully ripe (but firm) apricots and bottle in syrup, juice or water.  Perfect for adding to salads, savoury and sweet dishes, including serving atop yoghurt or ice-cream, or simply snacking directly from the jar. Enjoy!
 
Ingredients for BOTTLED APRICOTS (HALVED OR SLICED)
 
Yield: 4 cups
   (1 Litre/Quart)
Yield: 18 cups
   (4.5 Litres/9 Pints)
  Yield: 28 cups
  (7 Litres/7 Quarts)
Apricots
   1kg (2 1/4 pounds)
4.5kg (10 pounds)
7.2kg (16 pounds)
Sugar Syrup
OR Water OR Juice
  see Syrup Chart below (choose very light, light or medium syrup)
  OR use apple juice, pear juice, white grape juice or water
Plus 3g (1 teaspoon) ascorbic acid powder (or crush 6 x 500-milligram pure vitamin c tablets) dissolved in 4 litres (1 gallon) of cold water to prevent oxidation during fruit preparation.
 
METHOD:
1.  Clean jars (or bottles) and equipment by washing in hot soapy water and rinsing well before use.
2.  Use firm, ripe apricots for preserving. Wash apricots and drain well. Remove skins (optional), stems and blemishes.
To remove apricot skins: dip apricots in boiling water for 30-60 seconds, then place them into a bowl of cold water. Remove skins.
Cut apricots in half and remove pits. Slice if desired. Place apricots into ascorbic acid solution to prevent discolouration (3g/1 teaspoon ascorbic acid powder - or crush 6 x 500-milligram pure vitamin c tablets - dissolved in 4 litres/1 gallon of cold water). Repeat with remaining apricots.
3.  Place lids into a bowl and cover lids with boiling water. Remove the lids from the water when you are ready to place them onto the jars to seal.  
4.  Prepare syrup (or fruit juice) by heating sugar and water together in a pan, until the sugar is dissolved.
HOT PACK (RECOMMENDED):
5.  Remove jars from hot water and place onto a heatproof surface i.e. tea towel.
6.  Place prepared apricots into syrup pan and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat and fill jars immediately. Repeat, heating remaining apricots (if required for larger batches). Fill jars with hot apricots, filling to 1.25cm (1/2 inch) from the rim of each jar.
TIP: use a jar funnel to fill jars and layer apricot halves cut side down, to pack jars tightly.
RAW PACK:
5.  Remove jars from hot water and place onto a heatproof surface i.e. tea towel.
6.  Fill jars with prepared apricots, filling to 1.25cm (1/2 inch) from the rim of each jar.
TIP: use a jar funnel to fill jars and layer apricot halves cut side down, to pack jars tightly.
7.  Fill jars with hot syrup/juice, filling to 1.25cm (1/2 inch) from the rim of each jar.
8.  Using a non-metal utensil, remove any bubbles and add more hot syrup/juice if required to correct the headspace if it dropped below 1.25cm (1/2 inch) from the jar rim. Excess syrup can be frozen for later use.
10.  Wipe jar rims with a damp paper towel to remove any food residue.
11.  Remove lids from hot water and seal jars i.e. twist to secure “fingertip tight”.
12.  Process jars in water bath or pressure canner as per charts below:
BOILING WATER CANNER (WATER BATH):
13.  Return jars of bottled apricots into the pot of boiling water and boil for the processing time stated below. Start the timer once the water comes back to a full boil.
14.  Turn off the heat source once the time is up. Remove jars from hot water after 5 more minutes. Cool jars overnight on a heatproof surface i.e. wooden board or towel. Do not adjust lids during this time.
PRESSURE CANNING (DIAL OR WEIGHTED GAUGE):
13.  Place sealed jars into the pressure canner and secure the pressure canner lid. Put onto heat and vent for 5 minutes (begin timing once the white steam is constant). Then add weights (or cover) and bring to the required pressure level for your altitude (see charts below). Once the pressure is reached, process for the time stated in the charts below for your altitude. Reduce/increase the heat source to keep the pressure at the constant level.
14.  Turn off the heat source once the time is up. Allow the pressure canner to return to zero and then remove the lid (be careful, lid and canner will be very hot). After 5 more minutes, remove jars from the pressure canner and place them onto a heatproof surface (i.e. wood board or a towel). Do not adjust lids during this time.
15.  After 12-24 hours: check jars have sealed before labelling and dating clearly.
16.  Store jars of bottled apricots in a cool, dark and dry place (i.e. pantry) for up to 12 months. Jar lids should remain tightly sealed during storage, and not flex up or down when pressed (which indicates jar seal failure, do not consume).
17.  Refrigerate jars upon opening and consume contents within 5 days.
 
A reference chart to assist with syrup preparation. Fills 7 quarts (7 x 1L) of fruit.
RAW PACK: Heat ingredients together to make syrup, pour hot syrup over raw fruit in jar. 
HOT PACK: Heat ingredients together to make syrup, add fruit and bring to boil, simmer fruit until hot. Fill jars with hot fruit and syrup.
 
SYRUP CHART
 
SUGAR
%

WATER

100% FRUIT JUICE (i.e. APPLE OR
WHITE GRAPE)
SUGAR (RAW, WHITE OR BROWN)
STEVIA POWDER
WATER
0%

10 cups

 
 
 
STEVIA
 

10 cups

 
 
1/4 cup
LOW-CAL FRUIT JUICE
 

5 cups

5 cups
 
 
LOW SUGAR FRUIT JUICE
 

7 cups

3 cups
1/4 cup
1/4 cup
100% FRUIT JUICE
(i.e. APPLE OR
WHITE GRAPE
 

 

10 cups
 
 
SWEETENED FRUIT JUICE
 

 

10 cups
 
1/4 cup
VERY LIGHT SYRUP
10%

10 1/2 cups

 
1 1/4 cups
 
LIGHT SYRUP
20%

9 cups

 
2 1/4 cups
 
MEDIUM SYRUP
30%

8 1/4 cups

 
3 3/4 cups
 
 

 

Processing Time for BOTTLED APRICOTS (HALVED OR SLICED) in a Boiling Water Canner
 
Jar Size
Altitude
1,000 feet
Altitude 1,001 - 3,000 feet
Altitude 3,001
- 6,000 feet
Altitude
6,000 feet
Hot Pack
500ml
(pints)
20 minutes
25 minutes
30 minutes
35 minutes
1 Litre
(quarts)
25 minutes
30 minutes
35 minutes
40 minutes
Raw Pack
500ml
(pints)
25 minutes
30 minutes
35 minutes
40 minutes
1 Litre
(quarts)
30 minutes
35 minutes
40 minutes
45 minutes
 
Processing Time for  BOTTLED APRICOTS (HALVED OR SLICED)
in a Weighted Gauge Pressure Canner

Altitude Pressure Levels
Packing Style
Jar Size
Processing Time
0-1000ft
>1000ft
Raw Pack
& Hot Pack
< Quarts (1L)
10 minutes
5lb
10lb
 
Processing Time for  BOTTLED APRICOTS (HALVED OR SLICED)
in a Dial Gauge Pressure Canner

Altitude Pressure Levels
Packing Style
Jar Size
Processing Time
0-2000ft
2001-4000ft
4001-6000ft
6001-8000ft
Raw Pack
& Hot Pack
< Quarts (1L)
10 minutes
6lb
7lb
8lb
9lb
 

 
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