Friday, January 18, 2008

Apricot & Vanilla Jam

3-4 sterilized jars
1.5kg fresh apricots
Juice of 1 lemon
1 vanilla bean
800g sugar

Cut the fruit in half and remove the pits. Put the fruit with the sugar into a large pot (a jam making pan if you have one). Cut the vanilla pod lengthwise and cut into a few segments. Combine the fruit, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla,stir and let sit for a few hours. Cook on a low heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved all the way. Put the heat up to medium high and boil for 20-25 minutes. I always watch jam carefully to make sure it doesn't boil over. If it starts to look like it might, just rapidly turn down the heat and the jam level should go down. You shouldn't stir while the jam is boiling.

Let the pot sit for 20 mins. Pour into warm sterilised jars. Cover and seal while still hot. Once open, store in the fridge. With vacuum sealed jars, my mom has the tip of turning them upside down to create suction.

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