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    gloria p Guest

    Default PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?



    (posted and emailed)

    To Barb/Melba:

    I returned from California recently with 2-3 lb of TJ's dried apricots.
    Can I rehydrate them for jam or does that require other/fresh fruit to
    combine with? About the only thing decent on the market I can think of
    are mangoes or pineapple right now.

    As a wise sage once said, "Inquiring minds want to know."

    gloria p

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    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    On 3/8/2012 12:02 PM, gloria p wrote:
    >
    >
    > (posted and emailed)
    >
    > To Barb/Melba:
    >
    > I returned from California recently with 2-3 lb of TJ's dried apricots.
    > Can I rehydrate them for jam or does that require other/fresh fruit to
    > combine with? About the only thing decent on the market I can think of
    > are mangoes or pineapple right now.
    >
    > As a wise sage once said, "Inquiring minds want to know."
    >
    > gloria p

    I'm not Barb and don't even look like her. Do a search on Google for Bob
    Baron's Pineapple/Apricot jam, has become a favorite with us and uses
    dried apricots and canned, crushed pineapple, Very delicious.

    I've not heard of anyone rehydrating dried apricots into anything but
    mush, might try it though.

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    gloria p Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    On 3/8/2012 11:36 AM, George Shirley wrote:
    > On 3/8/2012 12:02 PM, gloria p wrote:


    >>
    >> I returned from California recently with 2-3 lb of TJ's dried apricots.
    >> Can I rehydrate them for jam



    > I'm not Barb and don't even look like her. Do a search on Google for Bob
    > Baron's Pineapple/Apricot jam, has become a favorite with us and uses
    > dried apricots and canned, crushed pineapple, Very delicious.
    >
    > I've not heard of anyone rehydrating dried apricots into anything but
    > mush, might try it though.



    Doesn't jam always start as mush?

    gloria p

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    gloria p Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    On 3/8/2012 11:36 AM, George Shirley wrote:

    > I'm not Barb and don't even look like her. Do a search on Google for Bob
    > Baron's Pineapple/Apricot jam, has become a favorite with us and uses
    > dried apricots and canned, crushed pineapple, Very delicious.
    >



    I found it. Will pick up some pineapple tomorrow and try it just in
    case we don't get an apricot crop this year. (Not a single one last
    year, the tiny fruit froze on the trees.)

    gloria p

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    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    On 3/8/2012 4:10 PM, gloria p wrote:
    > On 3/8/2012 11:36 AM, George Shirley wrote:
    >> On 3/8/2012 12:02 PM, gloria p wrote:

    >
    >>>
    >>> I returned from California recently with 2-3 lb of TJ's dried apricots.
    >>> Can I rehydrate them for jam

    >
    >
    >> I'm not Barb and don't even look like her. Do a search on Google for Bob
    >> Baron's Pineapple/Apricot jam, has become a favorite with us and uses
    >> dried apricots and canned, crushed pineapple, Very delicious.
    >>
    >> I've not heard of anyone rehydrating dried apricots into anything but
    >> mush, might try it though.

    >
    >
    > Doesn't jam always start as mush?
    >
    > gloria p

    Smart, and the last word ends with two esses. <G>

    How's the weather up yonder in the clouds? Temps in the high seventies
    here, supposed to hit 80F tomorrow. Will get up early and crawl around
    in the attic to fix a couple of problems. Sometimes I think it would be
    easier to just sell this house as is and take a loss.

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    gloria p <[email protected]> wrote:

    > (posted and emailed)
    >
    > To Barb/Melba:
    >
    > I returned from California recently with 2-3 lb of TJ's dried apricots.
    > Can I rehydrate them for jam or does that require other/fresh fruit to
    > combine with? About the only thing decent on the market I can think of
    > are mangoes or pineapple right now.
    >
    > As a wise sage once said, "Inquiring minds want to know."
    >
    > gloria p


    zxcvbob posted a recipe that uses dried aps. I've made the second
    recipe, though I chop the aps before soaking them, not after, as he
    does. I think he adjusted the second one from the first one. Maybe
    he'll see this and respond.

    Bonnie Madre has a recipe for Apricot Preserves using xylitol instead of
    sugar. It's done in a crock pot, and is good, too, but there are some
    serious "issues" with xylitol.


    Pineapple Apricot Jam
    Recipe By: zxcvbob, rfp, 7-02

    Serving Size: 11


    1 1/2 lbs. pitted dried apricot
    4 cups water
    1 can crushed pineapple in juice (20 ounce) undrained
    1/2 teaspoon malic acid crystals (or citric acid)
    3 lbs. granulated sugar (about 6 1/2 cups)
    1 box powdered pectin (I used Ball brand)

    Soak apricots in the water overnight. Grind up the apricots with the
    soaking water. Add pineapple, acid crystals, and pectin. Boil for 10
    minutes. Add the sugar all at once and bring back to a hard boil for 1
    minute. Remove from heat. Ladle into hot sterilized jars; seal as
    usual.
    Makes about 11 half-pints.

    Notes: Posted to r.f.preserving 7-20-02 by zxcvbob


    Pineapple Apricot Jam 2
    Recipe By: zxcvbob rec.food.preserving - I made it 2/05

    1 lb. dried apricots
    boiling water
    1 can crushed pineapple in juice (20 ounce) undrained
    1/4 teaspoon citric acid crystals
    5 cups sugar
    1 box powdered pectin (SureJell)

    Pour boiling water over the apricots and soak overnight.

    Finely chop the apricots and combine with the soaking water, citric
    acid, pineapple, and pectin. Boil for 10 minutes.

    Add the sugar all at once and bring back to a hard boil for 1 minute.

    Remove from heat. Ladle into hot sterilized jars; seal and process as
    usual.
    Bob

    Notes: From zxcvbob - rec.food.preserving 2-21-05, 9-21-07: Soaked
    the chopped aps in about 3 cups boiling water. Added about 1cup OJ,
    maybe more. Did NOT boil for the 10 minutes. Don't know what that's
    about.
    Made 7 half pints, 6 - 4-ounce jars.

    12-1-2010: Seven half pints and three 4-oz. jars.




    --
    Barb,
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller September 5, 2011

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    In article <jjbbhf$ff0$[email protected]>,
    gloria p <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 3/8/2012 11:36 AM, George Shirley wrote:
    >
    > > I'm not Barb and don't even look like her. Do a search on Google for Bob
    > > Baron's Pineapple/Apricot jam, has become a favorite with us and uses
    > > dried apricots and canned, crushed pineapple, Very delicious.
    > >

    >
    >
    > I found it. Will pick up some pineapple tomorrow and try it just in
    > case we don't get an apricot crop this year. (Not a single one last
    > year, the tiny fruit froze on the trees.)
    >
    > gloria p


    Keep an eye on those dried aps. I have a couple of bags of them from TJ
    that turned WAAAAY dark in a matter of months. Not happy! (No, they
    were not the unsulphured aps.)
    --
    Barb,
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller September 5, 2011

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    In article <jjbap2$a5l$[email protected]>,
    gloria p <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 3/8/2012 11:36 AM, George Shirley wrote:
    > > On 3/8/2012 12:02 PM, gloria p wrote:

    >
    > >>
    > >> I returned from California recently with 2-3 lb of TJ's dried apricots.
    > >> Can I rehydrate them for jam

    >
    >
    > > I'm not Barb and don't even look like her. Do a search on Google for Bob
    > > Baron's Pineapple/Apricot jam, has become a favorite with us and uses
    > > dried apricots and canned, crushed pineapple, Very delicious.
    > >
    > > I've not heard of anyone rehydrating dried apricots into anything but
    > > mush, might try it though.

    >
    >
    > Doesn't jam always start as mush?
    >
    > gloria p


    <grin> Pret' near.
    --
    Barb,
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller September 5, 2011

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    gloria p Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    On 3/8/2012 6:48 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > In article<[email protected]>,
    > gloria p<[email protected]> wrote:


    >>
    >> I returned from California recently with 2-3 lb of TJ's dried apricots.
    >> Can I rehydrate them for jam



    >
    > zxcvbob posted a recipe that uses dried aps. I've made the second
    > recipe, though I chop the aps before soaking them, not after, as he
    > does. I think he adjusted the second one from the first one. Maybe
    > he'll see this and respond.
    >
    > Bonnie Madre has a recipe for Apricot Preserves using xylitol instead of
    > sugar. It's done in a crock pot, and is good, too, but there are some
    > serious "issues" with xylitol.



    Thanks!

    gloria p


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    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    On 3/8/2012 7:49 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > In article<jjbbhf$ff0$[email protected]>,
    > gloria p<[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On 3/8/2012 11:36 AM, George Shirley wrote:
    >>
    >>> I'm not Barb and don't even look like her. Do a search on Google for Bob
    >>> Baron's Pineapple/Apricot jam, has become a favorite with us and uses
    >>> dried apricots and canned, crushed pineapple, Very delicious.
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >> I found it. Will pick up some pineapple tomorrow and try it just in
    >> case we don't get an apricot crop this year. (Not a single one last
    >> year, the tiny fruit froze on the trees.)
    >>
    >> gloria p

    >
    > Keep an eye on those dried aps. I have a couple of bags of them from TJ
    > that turned WAAAAY dark in a matter of months. Not happy! (No, they
    > were not the unsulphured aps.)

    I've been buying the Turkish aps from the local Kroger, have not had a
    problem with them turning dark and they were sulphured if I remember
    correctly. Pretty reasonable price too. Used to buy them in the souks in
    Saudi back in the day, also used to buy aps preserved in honey in a
    lightning top fruit jar, made in Lebanon I think. That and salted, dried
    pistachios is how I got up to 272 lbs before I came home.

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    gloria p Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    On 3/8/2012 6:49 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:

    >
    > Keep an eye on those dried aps. I have a couple of bags of them from TJ
    > that turned WAAAAY dark in a matter of months. Not happy! (No, they
    > were not the unsulphured aps.)




    TJ would probably refund the price. They are like that.

    I've had that happen occasionally with the California slab apricots that
    they sell, but not the Turkish ones as I recall. The slab type
    are much more flavorful but they don't keep as well.

    gloria p

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    In article <4f59746e$0$6630$[email protected]>,
    George Shirley <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > Keep an eye on those dried aps. I have a couple of bags of them from TJ
    > > that turned WAAAAY dark in a matter of months. Not happy! (No, they
    > > were not the unsulphured aps.)

    > I've been buying the Turkish aps from the local Kroger, have not had a
    > problem with them turning dark a


    Sure. I mentioned it to Gloria because I'll bet dollars to donuts that
    she bought dried California apricotsčI rarely see them anywhere but
    TJčand it's those that have turned on me. I can't figure it out; I've
    been using them for a long time without the color change and now the
    last few bags I've bought have turned after less than, say, six months
    in the cupboard. I am not happy.
    --
    Barb,
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller September 5, 2011

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    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    On 3/12/2012 9:04 AM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > In article<4f59746e$0$6630$[email protected]>,
    > George Shirley<[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>> Keep an eye on those dried aps. I have a couple of bags of them from TJ
    >>> that turned WAAAAY dark in a matter of months. Not happy! (No, they
    >>> were not the unsulphured aps.)

    >> I've been buying the Turkish aps from the local Kroger, have not had a
    >> problem with them turning dark a

    >
    > Sure. I mentioned it to Gloria because I'll bet dollars to donuts that
    > she bought dried California apricotsčI rarely see them anywhere but
    > TJčand it's those that have turned on me. I can't figure it out; I've
    > been using them for a long time without the color change and now the
    > last few bags I've bought have turned after less than, say, six months
    > in the cupboard. I am not happy.

    The provider is obviously doing something different than before. I've
    never had the Turkish apricots I buy turn on me and, some of them sat in
    the pantry for at least a year. The Turkish apricots are sulfured
    though. Maybe the ones at TJ are no longer sulfured. Quien es.

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    gloria p Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    On 3/12/2012 9:28 AM, George Shirley wrote:
    > On 3/12/2012 9:04 AM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:


    >>
    >> Sure. I mentioned it to Gloria because I'll bet dollars to donuts that
    >> she bought dried California apricotsčI rarely see them anywhere but
    >> TJčand it's those that have turned on me. I can't figure it out; I've
    >> been using them for a long time without the color change and now the
    >> last few bags I've bought have turned after less than, say, six months
    >> in the cupboard. I am not happy.

    > The provider is obviously doing something different than before. I've
    > never had the Turkish apricots I buy turn on me and, some of them sat in
    > the pantry for at least a year. The Turkish apricots are sulfured
    > though. Maybe the ones at TJ are no longer sulfured. Quien es.




    George:

    The ones Barb is talking about are called "slab apricots" from TJ.
    They are split open , often stuck together, and much more moist and not
    quite as sweet, but stronger flavored, than the Turkish dried kind.
    People tell me they are not always available year round and it may be
    because they don't keep well from one harvest to the next.

    gloria p

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    gloria p Guest

    Default Re: PING Barb: Dried Apricot Jam?

    On 3/8/2012 11:36 AM, George Shirley wrote:
    >
    > Do a search on Google for Bob
    > Baron's Pineapple/Apricot jam,



    Did he also post as Wayne Boatwright from Arizona?

    I finally found a day (tomorrow) when I can stay home and make jam.
    The Apricots are soaking now. I'm assuming it will make about 4-5 8oz
    jars but I'll sterilize an extra few just in case. The first time I
    make a recipe I'm never sure.

    It has been in the 70s in Denver for the past two days. We usually have
    snow until mid May. I'm not holding my breath for apricots this year
    but they haven't bloomed yet so that's a good sign.

    Thanks!

    gloria p

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