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How to Make Apricot Preserves

Fresh apricots are in season for a relatively short time during the summer. Today I am going to share a simple recipe for making your own apricot preserves.
Ingredients

  • 1 Pound pitted fresh apricots, cut into quarters
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 6-8 stems lavender (flowering)
  • 1 pouch liquid pectin


Directions

  • Bring apricots, sugar, honey, lemon juice, ginger and zest to a simmer, stirring often. Wrap lavender in a piece of cheesecloth and add to simmering fruit, cooking for about 8 minutes. Remove lavender and stir in pectin.
  • Remove from heat and jar according to proper canning procedures, or pack in containers and refrigerate.
  • Once opened, preserves will keep refrigerated up to 4 months.
  • Preserve can be used as a jam on toast, or is delicious served with cheeses after a meal.
    And don’t forget about apricot preserve cacke and bow tie cookies with apricot preserves!