Apricots are delicious. Naturally good for you, they are packed with Vitamin A. If you live in an area where there are Pick-Your-Own orchards, you will be in luck if they have apricot trees. You will be able to pick your own fruit and it will generally be reasonably priced.
Stock up on large quantities of the delicious fruits to store for winter use. You can easily freeze apricots. Plunge your clean apricots in boiling water for about thirty seconds, then plunge into cold water. Peel the apricots, remove the pit and then slice. To freeze, make a syrup by boiling 5 cups of water with 2 cups of sugar. After boiling the sugar syrup, add 2 ounces of ascorbic acid for each 2 1/2 cups of sugar syrup you have. In freezer containers, place your sliced apricots about 3/4’s from the top. Add enough sugar syrup to cover the fruit. Seal and freeze.
As always, apricots are great just the way they are. You can add them to a nice fruit salad or chop them up, add some sugar and use as a topping for vanilla ice cream.
You can also make jam from your apricots. Purchase a box of Sure-Jell from your local grocery store. Inside the box are instructions for quick and easy jam. Follow the directions specifically designed for apricots.
Grilled apricots are also a very tasty treat. Heat up your grill. Brush the halved apricots with oil. Place on the grill with the cut side down. Grill until you clearly see brown grill marks on the apricot, usually 1 to 2 minutes. You can also use a foil pack. I like apricots this way served with a warm piece of vanilla cake and vanilla ice cream. Yummy!
Baked apricots are also good. Top with a struesel-like topping. You can also substitute apricots for other fruit for a delicious coffee cake.
There are many ways to serve apricots. Search your cookbooks and scour the internet for thousands of options.
When selecting apricots, choose fruit that is firm to touch, should appear plump and be a deep orange color. Don’t worry if the fruit isn’t quite ripe. Place the unripe fruit in a paper bag. Fold the bag up to close slightly and keep at room temperature. In a couple of days you will have great tasting apricots.