Canning Apricots

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Canning Apricots

GUIDE 2:9-10                                                
APRICOTS -- HALVED OR SLICED                                

QUANTITY:  An average of 16 pounds is needed per canner     
load of 7 quarts; an average of 10 pounds is needed per     
canner load of 9 pints. A bushel weighs 50 pounds and       
yields 20 to 25 quarts -- an average of 2-1/4 pounds per    

QUALITY:  Select firm, well-colored mature fruit of ideal   
quality for eating fresh.                                   

PROCEDURE:  Optional - Dip fruit in boiling water for 30    
to 60 seconds until skins loosen.  Dip quickly in cold      
water and slip off skins.                                   

Cut in half, remove pits and slice if desired.  To          
prevent darkening, keep peeled fruit in ascorbic acid       
solution. Prepare and boil a very light, light, or medium   
syrup or pack apricots in water, apple juice, or white      
grape juice. Raw packs make poor quality apricots.          

Hot pack - In a large saucepan place drained fruit in       
syrup, water, or juice and bring to boil. Fill jars with    
hot fruit and cooking liquid, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.   
Place halves in layers, cut side down.                      

Raw pack - Fill jars with raw fruit, cut side down, and     
add hot water, juice, or syrup, leaving 1/2-inch            

Adjust lids and process.                                    

Recommended process time for apricots, halved or sliced     
in a boiling water canner                                   
                     Process time at altitudes of           
Style      Jar  0-      1,001-     3,001-       Above       
of pack  size    1,000 ft   3,000 ft   6,000 ft     6,000   
Hot      pint    20 min     25         30           35      
         quarts  25         30         35           40      
Raw      pints   25         30         35           40      
         quarts  30         35         40           45      
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