My mom caned food all my life but for some reason I never learned how. So I decided that it was about time I did learn.
Lucky me! Apricots are one of the easiest things to bottle.
What you need:
1 caner or stock pot
bottles that have been sanitised. I run mine through the dish washer
new lids and rings
syrup mixture (I used apple juice)
First fill your caner with enough water to cover you bottles. Put it on the stove and start to heat it up.
While it is heating clean your apricots. I just filled the sink with water and a splash of vinegar. Cut them in half and place cut side down in the bottle. Pack in as many as you can because they will take up less space once bottled.
Then fill the bottle to the neck (not the brim) with your syrup. If you are using traditional heavy syrup you will need to have that already mixed up. I just juiced some apples and used that. In about half I mixed in some crushed pineapple and that looked beautiful!
Make sure you wipe down the top of the bottle with a paper towel so there are no bits of fruit that would cause it not to seal.
Put the lids and rings on the bottle. Leave the rings just a little loose so the bottles won't break. Put them in the basket and make sure your water is boiling. Lower them into the water and put the lid on the caner. Let them cook for 20 minutes. While they are in the caner lay out a towel on the counter that you will set the bottles on to cool. Keep another towel handy that you will cover the bottles with so you AC doesn't cool them too fast and cause a bottle to crack. You should have plenty of time to fill your next bottles and have them ready to go.
And that is all there is too it! Once they are cooling on the counter they need to set for a few hours. You will hear the lids pop as they make a seal. If any bottles have not made a seal after a day then you need to use that fruit right away. Clean everything else off and place on the shelf.
I just think rows of preserved fruit are so beautiful and it feels really good to know exactly what is in my food.
Give this a try! It is super easy. **note: It is just as easy to do 2 or more batches as it is to do one. The mess you clean up will be the exact same no matter how many you do.