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.
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 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.
Freezing apricots in a syrup will prevent freezer burn and extend the amount of time the apricots can be frozen.
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.
2 Cups of Sugar to 1 Quart (Litre) of Water
This will make approximately 5 cups of syrup.
3 Cups of Sugar to 1 Quart (Litre) of Water
This will make approximately 5½ cups of 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)
- 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)
How to safely freeze apricots at home.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Thawing Frozen Apricots
Thaw either in the fridge overnight or in the microwave using the defrost mode.
- Easy Dessert
Frozen apricots in syrup heated in the microwave is wonderful with a dollop of ice-cream. Enjoy!
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.
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