This is the easiest, most straightforward way of preserving apricots. Not to mention it is very low-sugar.
And not only apricots, I preserve the cherries and the gooseberries growing in my garden the same way. I love this method because it is so simple, it involves the minimum amount of work and time and on top of that it uses just a little sugar.
No sugar bombs in a jar, just a hint of sweetness, giving you the freedom of using the preserves in any way you like later on, not worrying if maybe they are already too sweet or anything.
The fruit softens slightly but keeps its shape and structure, the fruit remains almost as “al dente” as fresh. So all you have to do actually, is to clean and sterilize your jars, wash and stone the fruit and boil the jars for about 20 minutes.
I find this method especially suitable during the time when there are lots and lots of fruits growing in my garden, so many that I barely have the time to do more laborious work. For instance, we have this huge cherry tree, which bestows us with extremely large amounts of cherries almost every year. It takes a lot of time and work just picking the ripe cherries off the tree and there are only so many fresh cherries you can eat or bake in a short period of time.
I do freeze a few bags as well, but I find this method of preserving much better than having to work with defrosted fruit later on. So I preserve a lot of cherries, just as you can see in this post How to Preserve Cherries. And recently I thought about preserving apricots the same way as well.
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE PRESERVED APRICOTS
We do not have apricots fresh from the tree here in Germany, the climate is too cold for them, but apricots are really plentiful in Romania and this time of the year is their best time. So why not take advantage of it and preserve some of these wonderful fruit to have it during the rest of the year as well. It is really so easy and you can barely find any better in a supermarket.
Canned apricots are to be found anywhere and I buy them often enough myself, especially for making cake fillings, but the homemade version is so much better. And healthier. The fruit retains most of its original taste and firmness, the added sweetness and calories are minimal.
So, if you have an apricot tree in your garden (or your neighbor or friend does) and your pantry is already full of Simple Apricot Jam, do give these preserved apricots a try. You will probably be so impressed by the simplicity of this method, you will never try a more laborious or sugar laden one again.
The best part about preserving apricots yourself is that you can contro the amount of sugar you use. Only a couple of tablespoons of apricots per jar will do.
The preserved apricots will not be sweet, but perfect to use in desserts or cakes, where there will be sugar added anyway.
HOW TO USE PRESERVED APRICOTS?
You could use the preserved apricots in any way you would use them when fresh, from eating them as they are to making cake fillings with them.
You could make the Apricot Sauce from last week with these canned apricots, you could chop them into your porridge or müsli or you could serve them over strained yogurt like I did recently.
I will give you no quantities for this recipe for preserving apricots, there is really no need for that. You will only need fruit, as much as you have, enough jars to hold them, a bit of sugar and water. The only thing to remember is that you need 2 tablespoons sugar per jar. That’s it!
Sterilize the jars:
Can the apricots:
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1
Serving Size: 1 jar
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 121 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2mg Carbohydrates: 29g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 26g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g