quick apricot jam

the ingredients

My paternal grandmother Betty used to make the most incredible apricot jam and I remember the delight I felt as a child finding a more-or-less whole apricot in the jam, and then squishing this on my toast.

I started making apricot jam about 10 years ago and bottled these  under the name ‘sams jams’.  The friends and family were pleased, but oh what a mission it was to do. I would make about 10 kg’s at a time and boil multiple pots on the stove for hours unable to leave my flat. Due to the scale of the project, I have not made jam since those vintages of 1999 and 2000.

I really do love the concept of preserving, so when I found myself with a massive amount of the most beautiful imported and out of season strawberries after an international TV shoot, there was no way I was not going to convert these treasures into something longer lasting.

I came across a recipe for ‘small batch’ strawberry jam on YouTube and what a win it was.  It takes about 20 minutes to make and produces a jam that is so much about the fruit and less about the sugar.  I love it.

I followed the recipe using apricots the other night and it worked out perfectly. It’s so easy. I’m planning on buying a little extra fruit each time this summer and making up a quick batch to bottle and give away as gifts.


  • 3 cups apricots quartered (about 600gms)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

to make:

  • put all ingredients in a wide shallow pan/ pot on high and cook for about 8 – 10 minutes.
  • the wider the better as this facilitates quick evaporation and thus quicker jammification
  • to test if the jam is ready, freeze a side plate for 5 minutes. Drop a dolop of jam on the cold plate. Run your finger through the middle. if the jam stays apart and doesn’t immediately join back together, its jammy enough.
  • at the same time boil the storage jars in a large pot of water – remove and drain
  • scoop the hot jam into the jars and seal
  • pop the sealed jars back into the boiling water for 10 minutes (this gets rid of any bacteria etc)
  • remove from the pot, drain and allow to cool

bubbling in the pan

…..I couldn’t wait,  so I scraped the pan down and spread on a toasted whole-wheat crumpet. So delicious, quite tart, not too sweet.

I still may go back to making apricot jam the way my grandmother did, if only to find the whole apricot again.

bottled and ready for gifting

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19 Responses to quick apricot jam

  1. Smart Larry December 4, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    Looks delicious

  2. Maureen Schlenk March 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    fantastic recipe!! omgosh this is awesome. we are such apricot jam sluts in our house its positively embarassing. Now we can produce our own really quickly. I too have a recipe that takes ages to produce a few jars and its too tedious for the most part. so thanks so much for this.
    p.s. i have pretty much spent the entire day, between actual work and your blog which is minimised on my screen – it’s just beautiful – thank you so much xxx

  3. Sam March 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Thank you so much for the comment and anyway work is overrated, much better to read food blogs 🙂

  4. Jacquie Donovan February 4, 2015 at 1:44 am #

    Hi Sam

    Thanks so much for the Kumquat marmalade recipe. I have made it a few times and it is foolproof and yummy. I dislike Australian Marmalade and the your recipe is the closest I have come to English thick cut, which I love. Look forward to trying more of your recipes. Jacquie

  5. Sam February 4, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    Thanks for the lovely feedback Jacquie. Im keen to try this recipe on other citrus too.

  6. febe June 17, 2015 at 1:50 am #

    Gonna try this tomorrow.. Tree in the back is full of ripe apricots..

  7. Sam June 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi Febe – lucky you an enjoy. Remeber a big big pan.


  8. Denice December 27, 2015 at 1:13 am #

    Im going to try this jam today. Thankyou.

  9. Sam December 28, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Awesome Denice – enjoy!

  10. Deanne July 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

    Do you skin the apricots and remove pit before cooking? If so how

  11. Alison August 26, 2016 at 5:49 am #

    Finally an easy and quick jam recipe that actually works! Best one I’ve ever tried.

  12. Sam August 28, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

    HI Alison, thats so cool and also my first ever blog post.

  13. aurelia December 20, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

    Awesome recipe and easy to do. Imma first timer on this and everyone thought it was better than store bought.Thanks a lot

  14. Sam December 21, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    Im glad yo uenjoyed it Aurelia. thanks sam


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