How to make apricot jam? Tips from the Maison Andrésy jam-maker

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August 2023

Professionals, apricot jam is this summer’s best seller.

Are you looking for more information on how to make this jam? What’s special about it?

We’ve got all the tips you need to make it a success!

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How much sugar is optimal for apricot jam? 

Sugar plays an important role in preserving jam, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.

It also acts as a natural gelling agent in apricot jam, helping to thicken the preparation. Reducing the amount of sugar can make the jam less thick and more liquid.

That’s why the amount of sugar is so important in our artisan jam recipes.

Today, the % of jam sugar is standardized by French and European legislation.
To qualify for the “jam” label, jams must be cooked to a minimum sugar content of 55%. This is called brix or dry extract.

Warning: if there’s an s for “sugars” on the label, it’s not a mistake!
By law, all the sugars in a jam must be measured after cooking: those added to preserve the fruit, as well as those naturally contained in the fruit itself!

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Which fruit goes well with apricot jam? 


When combining fruits in a jam, it’s important to take into account the sweetness and acidity levels of each fruit. 
Experiment with different combinations to find the one that best suits your taste preferences. 
You can also add spices, such as vanilla, cinnamon or cardamom, to intensify flavors and create unique taste profiles. 

Apricot jam is delicious on its own, but it can also be enhanced by combining flavors with other fruits.

Here are a few fruits that go well with apricot jam:

  • Peach: a fruity, fragrant combination, perfect for spreading on toast or accompanying desserts. 
  • Raspberry: a tangy note and a lovely bright red color, to add complexity and zest to apricot jam
  • Mango: an exotic, sweet touch for a jam rich in tropical flavors and sweetness. 
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Is there an absolute recipe for apricot jam?


The classic recipe for apricot jam consists of 3 ingredients:

  • Apricots
  • Sugar
  • Citric acid (from lemon juice)

Citric acid helps jellify apricot jam!

At home, you can add spices, fruits and even slivered almonds, as in one of our favorite recipes!

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There’s no such thing as an absolute recipe: every apricot harvest influences the jam!