This delicious conserve makes a wonderful holiday gift; process it in the boiling water bath if you're giving it as a gift, because it will then be shelf stable and won't need refrigeration until it's opened.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes
- 1 lb. dried apricots
- 1-3/4 cups sugar
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup orange juice
Chop apricots finely using a food processor or chopping by hand. Place in 3-1/2 to 4 quart crockpot and add sugar, water, and orange juice. Stir well to blend. Cover crockpot and cook on high for 2-1/2 hours, stirring twice during cooking. Uncover crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours longer, stirring frequently, until preserves have thickened. (It will look like preserves.)
Spoon mixture into clean, sterilized jam jars and seal. You can process the jars of preserve, covered by 2" in a boiling water bath for 10-15 minutes, or just keep the jars in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Refrigerate after opening jars.