How To Make Marrow and Apricot Jam

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Ingredients: Marrow and Apricot Jam Recipe

Photo of Marrows2 lb / 1,000 grams of cooked marrow flesh
1/2 lb / 250 grams of dried apricots that have been soaked (soaked weight)
3 lb / 1,300 grams of white sugar
24 fl oz / 700 ml of tap water
2 lemons

Method - What To Do

Any jam or preserve that contains marrow provides a very useful way to make use of this versatile vegetable (from the squash family), particularly as it so often crops well into autumn and often leaves gardeners with an excess to make use of.

Photo of ApricotsWash and peel the marrow to reveal the flesh. Chop the marrow flesh and discard all of the central seeds. Cut the marrow into small cubes and then steam this flesh for around 20 to 25 minutes, until it has become tender. Mash the steamed marrow and place to one side.

Place the soaked dried apricots into a saucepan with the 700 ml of water and simmer for 15 minutes. Then, remove from the heat and combine with the mashed marrow flesh, as well as the grated rind and juice of the two lemons. Mix in the white granulated sugar until it has properly dissolved and place the saucepan of marrow and apricot mixture back onto the heat.

Bring the mixture to a strong boil and stir to prevent the chance of any sticking or burning around the pan base. Leave on a rolling boil for between 15 and 20 minutes, continuing to stir during this time. Test for jelling potential by placing a small portion of the jam onto a chilled plate. If, after no longer than a minute or two, the jam has become a soft jelly with a skin that ripples to the touch, you will know that you have found the setting point. Otherwise, simmer the fruit for a little longer and then re-test, and continue to re-test until you know that it is ready to successfully set firmly and quickly.

Take the pan off the heat and leave to cool down for 15 minutes, so that the jam will thicken and the apricot pieces will be better suspended in the jars, rather than all floating upwards. Skim off any persistent scum and ladle into sterile jars, unless a large funnel is available to speed up this process and save mess.

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