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I am just starting to make jams and jellies, and I LOVE Riesling wine. I am not however a fan of apricots…can I sub a different fruit? Figs, strawberries, blackberries???
Hi Kimberly, so each type of fruit cooks up differently based on their own unique properties. You can certainly try a substitution, but not having made it myself I can’t really say. If you give it a go I do hope you’ll report back to us! :)
This is by far, the best Apricot Jam recipe on the planet!! However, doubling the recipe comes with additional time required for perfect gelling. I keep two pots going if I want to double and the results are far superior.
I made this with brandy instead of the riesling and it is also very delicious. I just whipped up a small batch to have with toast and pancakes and it is super easy. A definite keeper!
This is ah-mazing!! Such an easy recipe that everyone in the family loved (a rare thing!)….I will make Hemingway Jam every year! Thanks!
Amazingly wonderful. I used Fetzer Vineyard’s Gewurztraminer. The apricots were a tad dry so next time I will add a little more wine =). My first time making jam. It won’t be the last. Love the site and have recommended it to friends.
I’ve never been fan of Hemingway, but this jam looks lovely. I will definitely be trying it when apricots come into season.
I just wanted to note, after reading through the comments, that the USDA has recommended against ‘open-kettle’ canning for some time.
Robinson, I read that from the USDA, too. However, people have been canning tis way for a really long time. I think if you do it carefully and thoughtfully and toss batches that spoil then you should be fine. ~Garrett
This is a great recipe! It is utterly delicious. I cooked it for 38 minutes to get a thicker consistency and added 1/4 tsp of almond extract. I love that you don’t have to peel the apricots.
I just bought my apricots! Just a couple questions: Can I use tupperware instead of jars and do the freezer method (sealing lid, sitting out for 24hrs, freezing)? Also, no pectin needed? Thank you so much!
1.Sure, go rigt ahead, though if you apply the tops quickly you’ll get a vacuum seal and they should keep just fine (ideally, you can also do a waterbath). 2. No pectin needed. This gets cooked a lot longer than most jams so it gets quite thick on it’s own. ~Garrett
Wait…I am making this again at the moment and you don’t have to peel the apricots?
Apricot skins are super thin. No need to peel them at all for this jam. ~Garrett
I have an apricot tree and just didn’t know what to do with so many apricot. I ate three to five a day, gave them out to friends and family and I still had two bags full. I didn’t want them to go bad so my husband suggested apricot jam (duh, why didn’t I think of that). Anyhow, the only reason I chose yours was because it was the easiest one I found online. It turns out it’s also the yummiest. I love it! Thanks!
This stuff is so good it makes me smile when I eat it. I changed nothing and used a Riesling from Buckingham Valley Vineyards in Pa.
My boyfriend had sent me the recipe because it had Riesling in it and that is my favorite wine.Thank you for this!
This was really good; thanks for posting it!
In a word, wow! Since the golden plums were so sweet & plentiful at the farmer’s market I planned to make it with plums instead. Then, I discovered that I didn’t have any Riesling wine at home (that was a surprise) so I went with the Gewürztraminer I had on hand. I got about 5 1/2 cups of Golden Plum Gewürztraminer Jam from the batch. I canned 3 cups of it into 4 oz jars – went ahead with the hot water bath because they didn’t seem to seal. This was my first time canning & I’m so pleased with how it turned out!
Do you peel the apricots? I can’t wait to go back to the store so I can make this!
No need to peel the apricots. ~Elise
This is the best apricot jam I’ve ever had! I was a bit dissapointed that I only got two jars, but the taste is amazing. Any other super easy jam recipes would be fantastic.
I used peaches and champagne instead of apricots and Riesling, and it was still delicious!
This was delicious. I made it this past Sunday. I will definitely make again. I can’t wait to give two of my jars to family. My only comment is I boiled it for under 25 minutes, and I only got three small jars worth. I think there were like 5 oz jars, not 8 oz. Did I boil it too long or too high? Also I did buy 4 pounds of apricots which was way too much for 5 cups. Maybe 2 1/2 pounds or 3 pounds would suffice? Sorry, I forgot to count the number of apricots. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! -Elise Lafosse
Jam turns out different every time since the fruit each season and from tree to tree is different. Don’t worry too much. Sometimes it just happens. This recipe gave me only three jars once, and five another, yet I never change a thing except the fruit. ~Garrett
This was delicious! I actually used some of it over bonesless spare ribs and baby bokchoy. No leftovers!
My all-time favorite preserve flavor — this is a lovely, simple recipe that I will try very soon. I think it will be heavenly warmed to get a bit syrupy, and then served over the very best quality vanilla bean ice cream.
I love that apricot pit suggestion — reminds me of those old British mysteries, maybe one of Dorothy Sayers, where the murder is acomplished with the oily top layer that rises off noyeau, or bitter almond liqueur, which is supposed to be decanted properly before drinking to avoid poisoning. Or so they say.
You can do out jars for canning with chlorine water too, if you don’t want to oven sterilize them or put them to a boiling water bath — I think it’s right that there’s too much sugar to let any mold take hold. Put the jars in a canning bucket, and pour boiling water from a big kettle over them, filling the jars, then add a quarter cup plain cholorine bleach to the gallon of water and let cool. Rinses right out of glass jars with no odor. Do out the metal caps with cholorine water and a little brush, rinse well, voila.
Have a question rather than a comment– how many pounds of apricots are needed to make the 5 cups? I am looking forward to making this!
Not sure, I never really weighed them. I just happened to have friends with trees who unload insane amounts of apricots on me so I always have enough. I would guess four pounds-ish? ~Garrett
The jam sounds fantastic. I want to make jam but the whole ordeal of preparing the jars puts me off. Guess I need to make a small amount so I don’t have to do all that.This recipe is a great motivator to get me started.
That’s how most people I think feel about jam. But really, the whole thing is just so effortless. My first time I was worried about sterilizing, but it all worked out even though I thought I messed up every step of the way. This is a great starter recipe. ~Garrett
I really want to try this recipe, do you think raw cane sugar could be used, or better yet, stevia- if so how much? What could be used in place of the wine, I’m pregnant and avoiding alcohol? Thanx!
The alcohol should cook out, but if you’re really concerned, try water. As for raw sugar or stevia I never used either. I would avoid any sugar substitutes like stevia as I have no clue how they might react or preserve the fruit. Give it a shot and let us know. ~Garrett
I loved your recipe, I found it last month and had to make it, though I couldn’t resist tweaking it a little for what I had on hand. Used a bunch of oranges as the base plus dried apricots, Riesling and a lemon. delicious chunky orange goodness.
As an interesting and slightly macabre side note, the apricot pits impart a slight almond-y flavor to the jam because they contain traces of cyanogenetic glycosides, which essentially turn into cyanide upon ingestion. (Almonds contain trace amounts of the same stuff, and bitter almonds contain lots of it – hence the flavor; Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera starts out with a cyanide/almond reference – IIRC, the first line is “It was inevitable – the smell of bitter almonds always reminded him of unrequited love.”)
Roasting the apricot pits should get rid of most of the cyanogenetic glycoside, and it would take a fair number of whole, unroasted apricot pits to hurt a child (and many more to hurt an adult) – so putting one in the bottom of your jam jars should be just fine. But yep, it’s the teensiest bit of tasty, tasty cyanide that gives the jam that slight almond flavor.
That’s why it’s an optional part of the recipe, and why they are roasted twice. The toxic enzyme is active only when it comes into contact with water. Roasting it destroys the enzyme. Interesting factoid: almond extract is made from apricot pits, not almonds. ~Garrett
Can peaches be substituted for the apricots?
Never tried it, but sounds great. In the case of peaches be sure to blanch them quickly in hot water first for a few seconds, then pop them into ice water and remove the peaches’ skins which aren’t jam friendly. ~Garrett
I just recently started canning. This looks just divine. Would you recommend waterbath processing for safety?
You can, but the amount of sugar in this keeps it pretty safe and sound for up to a year. The simple pop-the-top method here is fine. ~Garrett