How to Safely Freeze Apricots Guide
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How to Safely Freeze Apricots

This step by step guide with pictures shows how to safely freeze apricots at home. This is an easy way to preserve excess fruit from your garden or when you see a glut of apricots at the store.

Saving Money

The best way to save money is to grow your own apricot tree. They grow in a wide range of conditions and climates however it will take 3 to 4 years to bear fruit and apricot trees will need to be protected from birds by using bird netting.

Another way to save money is to buy fresh apricots when they are in season which is usually from late spring to the end of summer. The best deals are found at the farm gate or farmers markets.

Freezing Apricots

Freezing is a good option when you don’t have a lot of time or if you don’t have a canner. If you do have a water bath canner then try this recipe for Simply Delicious Apricot Jam.

How do you prevent freezer burn on apricots?

Freezing apricots in a syrup will prevent freezer burn and extend the amount of time the apricots can be frozen.

How long can you store frozen apricots?

Frozen apricots will keep for 6 to 12 months in the freezer when frozen in a syrup.

Types of Syrup

Sugar will help the apricots to hold their shape, color and flavor. Creating a syrup is an easy and quick step in this process.

You can use either a light, medium or heavy syrup depending on how sweet you like your apricots. You can also replace up to half the sugar with honey which will give the apricots a wonderful flavor.

The apricots will need to be just covered with the syrup. They don’t need to be swimming in it. It is best to make one batch of the required syrup below so you can see how much will be needed for the amount of apricots you have.

Light Syrup

2 Cups of Sugar to 1 Quart (Litre) of Water

This will make approximately 5 cups of syrup.

Medium Syrup

3 Cups of Sugar to 1 Quart (Litre) of Water

This will make approximately 5½ cups of syrup.

Heavy Syrup

4 Cups of Sugar to 1 Quart (Litre) of Water

This will make approximately 6 cups of syrup.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Fresh Apricots
  • Bowl – This quality large 4 quart Glass Mixing Bowl from Bovado USA will withstand extreme temperature changes without the risk of shattering. It is highly rated on Amazon. (Paid link)
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Saucepan
  • Freezer Containers or Bags – This value 24 pack of 2 cup size Freezer Containers are perfect for storing serving size apricots in the freezer. They are microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. (Paid link)
  • Label

Instructions

How to safely freeze apricots at home.

  1. Wash the Apricots

    First wash the apricots in cold water then leave to dry. Cut the apricots in half removing the stem and stones then place in a bowl.
    Washing apricots in a sink.

  2. Make the Syrup

    In a large saucepan combine the sugar and water for the type of syrup you would like to use. Heat over low heat until the sugar is dissolved then bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.

  3. Pour Over the Apricots

    Pour the hot syrup over the apricots in the bowl then leave to cool slightly so the hot syrup doesn’t burn through the freezer bags. If using freezer containers it is not necessary to let the syrup cool.
    Fresh halved apricots in a bowl covered with syrup.

  4. Pack the Apricots and Freeze

    Pack the apricots into freezer containers or bags in serving sizes to make thawing easier making sure the syrup just covers the fruit. Secure the container or bag then label with the contents and the date frozen. Freeze immediately.
    Apricots in freezer bags covered with syrup ready to be frozen.

  5. Thawing Frozen Apricots

    Thaw either in the fridge overnight or in the microwave using the defrost mode.
    Frozen apricots in a bowl ready to be thawed in the microwave.

  6. Easy Dessert

    Frozen apricots in syrup heated in the microwave is wonderful with a dollop of ice-cream. Enjoy!
    Frozen apricots reheated in the microwave with a dollop of ice-cream.

Tip

An alternative method to packing the fresh apricots is to place the fresh cut apricots straight into freezer containers then pour the syrup over the top. It is important that the syrup is still hot when covering the fruit.

Freezer bags may not cope with the hot liquid. Covering the fruit in the bowl first is a better option for freezer bags so the liquid has more time to cool.

Freezing fruit is an easy way to save money and live sustainably. You might also like these guides to freezing Raspberries, Strawberries or Cantaloupe (Rockmelon).

This guide to Preserving is a great place to start if you are new to preserving food or get the most from your home and garden with this guide to Homesteading.

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