Apricot-Vanilla Bean Jam
Apricot-Vanilla Bean Jam
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Recipe Yield: Makes about 4 cups

2 pounds ripe apricots
1/4 cup water
Small wedge fresh lemon
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 to 2 vanilla beans

Cut the apricots in half and remove the pits. Place apricot halves, water, the juice from the lemon, and the lemon rind itself in a large non-reactive pot. Stirring intermittently, cook over medium-high heat until the juices begin to boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the apricots are soft and tender, 5 to 10 minutes.

Once soft and tender, stir in the sugar. Split the vanilla beans down their length, scrape out the seeds, then add both the seeds and the pods to the pot. Increase the heat back up to high and bring to a rolling boil. Clip on a candy thermometer and continue to cook, while stirring, until the jam thickens and reaches about 220°F.

Carefully remove the vanilla bean pods and lemon rind. Ladle the jam into clean 4-ounce, half-pint, or pint-sized glass jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Recipe Notes

  • Taste your fruit first to check for ripeness and sweetness. Additional sugar may be required.
  • This recipes keeps the skin on the apricot before cooking. You can remove the skins before cooking if you like.
  • To check for doneness, place a small plate in the freezer when you start the recipe. As the jam nears completion, place a small amount on the plate and return the freezer. If the jam wrinkles as you nudge it, it is done.
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