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I have been busy with apricots this year. The trees are loaded down. So far only one tree is ready to pick. I don’t think I could have kept up if they all ripened at the same time. I have a favorite jam recipe from my mother. 4 cups cut up apricots, 1 cup crushed pineapple and 4 1/2 cups sugar. Mix and boil gently for about 45 minutes or until it reaches the thickness you like. Skim off any foam than remains. Oh, yes 1/2 tsp of butter added helps keep the foam down. Then put in a jar and seal. Well, I have made several jars of jam, dehydrated 2 batches, 2 batches of fruit leather and canned some in sugar syrup. Now it looks like the other trees are almost ripe!

-- Mickey, California desert gardener

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posted 06-17-2010 12:14 AM

Mickey, the apricots look so good and attractive. You got a good yield. Thanks for the recipe and the colorful picture of a mini jam factory and mouth watering jam bottles.


-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 06-17-2010 04:08 AM

loaded!!! how wonderful.
Recipe sounds yummy with the pineapple in it.

Don’t you just love canning time??

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 06-17-2010 05:20 AM

I remember climbing up our apricot tree as a child, picking the warm apricots right off the branches and eating them in the tree. Happy memories! Your jam and jars of apricots look great and the dehydrated ones will be so convenient. The high desert is a perfect place to grow apricots (if you have water) because the hot, dry air discourages the diseases that seem to thrive here in our moist, humid summers. Enjoy them; they are a treat!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 06-17-2010 05:53 AM

That recipe wit the pineapple sounds really good.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 06-17-2010 07:45 AM

That tree is beautiful with all those apricots on it.I have never had the pleasure of seeing an apricot tree.Thanks for posting it Mickey.Your jam sounds delicious.The only way I have ever eaten apricots is dehydrated and I loved them.I bet the fruit roll up you made is also delicious.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 06-17-2010 08:55 AM

I agree, the tree, loaded with fruit looks wonderful. So does the canning your have done….bet it tastes pretty nice too. Thanks for sharing with us. (the pictures at least, :))

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 06-17-2010 09:10 AM

Thank you for your comments. Now it’s time to re-supply so I will be ready for the next tree…..I think they will be ready tomorrow.

-- Mickey, California desert gardener

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posted 06-17-2010 10:10 PM

Wow. The tree is loaded with fruit. They look great.

-- Donnie in sunny South Carolina

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posted 06-17-2010 10:15 PM

Yummy jam! Thank you MickeyD!

-- I plant trees not to admire but for those that come after me... Zone 11

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posted 06-18-2010 01:12 PM

How wonderful to have more than one loaded apricot tree. I will have to try your recipe with pineapple.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Orchids77

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posted 06-26-2010 09:28 PM

Ahhhh this reminds my of the home farm in Kingsburg CA, I’m a bit homesick now. Pineapple and apricot sounds wonderful I wish I could try that but the kitchen hates me, or maybe I hate the kitchen.

Beautiful trees thanks for posting

-- -Live your life so the preacher won't have to lie at your funeral!

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posted 06-26-2010 09:49 PM

I love apricots they are one of my favourite friuts.

-- David, Adelaide South Australia. Every day I wake up breathing is a good day!

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