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No Sugar Apricot Jam


Or should I say, no added sugar, considering the fruit sugar.  Either way, this jam was so easy, I don’t know why I haven’t been doing it for years.


This recipe actually came from my mom.  She first gave us a box of apricots the other day, that needed to be used ASAP!  Then she told me about some new pectin in the stores that do not require adding sugar to your fruit.  It specifically says on the box, “No sugar needed.”

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  • 6 cups of fresh pitted apricots
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 box “No sugar needed” pectin
  • 1/4 cup concentrated apple juice
  • 3/4 cup water
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Mash up the apricots with a potato masher or a fork, then add them along with the rest of the ingredients to a large saucepan.

Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly. Then remove from heat and cool.

Finally, put it into jars and straight into the fridge! No canning required!

MMMM,  and you know what it tastes like?  Apricots!  Tangy and delicious, not sickingly sweet.  Apricots are supposed to be tangy!

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We pick up our Japanese friends from the airport today!  We are excited. I asked Anna what she and her friend wanted me to pick up at the grocery store.  She’s so cute, her reply was

Hi, this is Anna. Today is Monday morning (10:10) in Japan. But I’m still sleep… Because I’m excited too!! I couldn’t be sleep.

Dinner menu is anything OK. But, my friend can’t eat “sea foods” And I can’t eat milk, cheese and butter. We have their allergy. We’re so sorry

Isn’t she cute?

Natalie Monson

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Good luck avoiding milk! Let me know if you need any tips/substitutes–I know all about milk allergies!

I’ve avoided making jam because of all the added sugar. Now, I can do this! Did you find the pectin at the regular market? I’ll have to check it out at my next trip.
Enjoy your visitors! They will have a wonderful time, I’m sure!

Yeah, it was at the regular store, right on the shelf next to the other pectins.
My Japanese girls are sleeping! They were practically up for 40 hours by the time they got here!!

Perfect – thank you for this post! I just ordered 25 pounds of organic apricots to arrive next Monday and wanted to make jam without sugar. Your post came at the perfect time!

can you freeze this jam, in what kind of containers,
how long to keep in fridge or freezer?
my apricot trees produced loads of fruit.

Can this recipe also be canned/jarred? Would I put them in a hot water bath? Thanks much! The tree is loaded, and I’ve never made jam before… 🙂

So no peeling..I just wash my apricots then take the pits out and just throw them in the pot w/the ingredients? ! Sounds so easy, thank you!

I cup of Unsweetened Apple Juice has 28 grams of sugar (frutose from fruit) and 29 carbohydrates!!! That is Not healthy…..

Laura, I think that substitution would work just fine! Please come back and tell us how it turned out for you. 🙂

How long does your apricot preserve last in jars in refrigerator? Not due to not eating but last as far as not becoming spoiled?

We would like to know if this will work to freeze? I know we can freeze regular pectin jams & preserves. Curious if the pectin for no sugar form will also work. Doing this today!