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Microwave Apricot Jam

July 26, 2010

in Breakfast and Brunch, Recipes, Sweet tooth, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetarian

This jam practically sustained my mother in law through a whole weekend of wrangling babysitting my two little scoundrels treasures, while the hubby and I took off to ogle watch Bon Jovi in Winnipeg.

All. By. Ourselves.

In the scope of  a mere 72 hours we came dangerously close to missing our plane(s) (and thus loose everything) due to various mechanical failures, befriended a charming husband and wife airline employee duo, watched them divert a planefrom it’s course to accommodate us (Thank you guys!!) and grew completely hoarse screaming at the top of our (OK, OK so that was me) lungs under the rain among some 35,000 die hard Bon Jovi fans and lived to tell the tale. Yeah baby.

When we came back, my bursting fridge (So I have a little OCD, nobody’s perfect) was literally untouched. Considering my children, that was not very surprising. Amongst all the fruits and vegetables I bought and prepared, the home made Hummus, the meatballs, bread and cheeses, the only thing that looked different was one  jar containing  the remains of my Apricot Jam.

Thanks Grandma for giving us this weekend. I owe you as much Jam as you can possibly eat.

Quicky microwave Apricot Jam

Yields about 2 cups of Jam

Ingredients:

4 cups fresh ripe apricots, pitted and halfed (or quartered)
2 cups brown sugar
Juice from half a lemon

Preparation:

Mix everything in a big microwave safe bowl and stick it in your microwave. Cook for about 25-30 minutes, stopping to stirr every 5-10 minutes.

Apricots with sugar

This is how the apricot jam looked after 5 minutes in the microwave

apricot jam after five minutes

This is how it looked after 15 minutes

apricot jam after 15 minutes

25 minutes in

apricot jam after 25 minutes

and this is how it looks ready, after 30 minutes in the microwave

apricot jam after 30 minutes

The Jam will be ready once the juices thicken up a bit. It is easy to check doneness when dropping a few drops of the hot liquid on a cold (fridge cold) plate. It should thicken up almost immediately and not drop off the plate when held upside-down. Place Jam in a clean, dry glass jar. I refrigerate mine, but it doesn’t last long anyway. Enjoy!

Apricot Jam in spoons

If you like this Jam, try my quicky orange marmalade!

Microwave Orange Marmalade

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Melissa July 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Hi Ayella and Adam,

Its us the Airline duo. I finally got around to reading ur blog about ur trip. We justed wanted to say we are so happy ur trip ended well. I wish I could have spent more time with you at the airport upon ur return but….u know aviation life..never a dull moment.

We are in Mississippi! Hot as Haiti here but so happy to be visiting with Mike’s family.

Talk to you soon thru here or there. Maybe when I get back we will pass through Chis to see you guys….get some of tht homemade baked bread….and a little apricot jam…

Take care!
The Airline Duo!

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