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Habanero Apricot Jam

This zippy and versatile jam was a blue-ribbon winner at our county fair. I mix it with applesauce as a condiment for pork, with cranberry sauce for poultry and with cream cheese as a spread on celery sticks. It's a beautiful color...and in "hot" demand as a gift item! —Janet Eckhoff, Woodland, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Process: 5 min.
  • Makes
    11 half-pints


  • 3-1/2 pounds fresh apricots
  • 6 tablespoons bottled lemon juice
  • 2 to 4 habanero peppers, seeded
  • 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
  • 7 cups sugar


  • Pit and chop apricots; place in a Dutch oven. Stir in lemon juice. Place habaneros in a blender; add a small amount of apricot mixture. Cover and process until smooth. Return to the pan.
  • Stir in pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar; return to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat; skim off foam. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 5 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
  • For best results, let processed jam stand at room temperature for 2 weeks to set up.
Editor’s Note: When cutting hot peppers, disposable gloves are recommended. Avoid touching your face. The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 71 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 18g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • shannondobos
    Aug 10, 2016

    A friend dropped off a box of okanagan apricots to me just before we were leaving for vacation, and I didn't want them to go to waste. I froze them so they wouldn't spoil. I thawed them yesterday to try this recipe and was thrilled with the results! It had a bit deeper orange colour than would be expected from fresh apricots, but the flavour was perfect. I used the full 4 peppers, and even left the seeds in two! Perfect sweet heat.

  • insomniaticArchaeopteryx
    Sep 20, 2013

    I used 8 jalapeno peppers and nectarines and peaches instead of apricots. It is a great recipe, and the peppers are not to be feared.It is worth a try, even if you don't like the kick of peppers!

  • Julebird
    Aug 5, 2013

    Don't let the Habanero scare you--I used 3 and there is a nice balance between the apricot and the heat. It is very subtle. My husband and daughter like it on toast with cream cheese.

  • marybetholsen
    Jul 16, 2013

    why is so much sugar needed? aren't the apricots very sweet to start with?

  • tlcnate
    Dec 11, 2012

    Excellent, easy recipe. I had a batch of frozen apricots and some I heat packed last year so I mixed them to make up the quantity needed. I had about six habaneros also frozen (freezing tames them but don't be fooled, they are still fierce). I chopped the habaneros and added half to the recipe. It was a bit strong but when I added all the sugar it was a bit too mild so I added the rest of the chopped habaneros. Turned out perfect. The step of blending the habaneros with a bit of apricot can be adjusted. Chop the habaneros separately and add them in portions until you get the heat you prefer.

  • linsvin
    Jun 10, 2011

    Couldn't decide to use two peppers afraid it would be mild and not four because it would be too hot so settled for three and it was just perfect! This jam rocks, I've been canning for over twenty years now and was looking for something alittle different... Prep was pretty easy using the food processor on pulse to give me a nice texture and the blender to make combine the habaneros with the apricot mixture. The flavor is incredible and it makes eleven half pints so it's nice for gift giving.

  • DEminhizer
    May 28, 2011

    I love the sweet and spicy taste of this jam! I will definately make whenever my tree is overloaded with apricots!

  • hgergen
    Aug 11, 2009

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