- Quantity: An average of 16 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 10 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints. A bushel weighs 50 pounds and yields 20 to 25 quarts-an average of 2-1/4 pounds per quart.
Quality: Select firm, well-colored mature fruit of ideal quality for eating fresh.
Procedure: (Optional--Dip fruit in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds until skins loosen. Dip quickly in cold water and slip off skins). Wash fruit. Cut in half, remove pits and slice if desired. To prevent darkening, keep peeled fruit in ascorbic acid solution. Prepare and boil a very light, light, or medium syrup or pack apricots in water, apple juice, or white grape juice. Raw packs make poor quality apricots.
Processing directions for canning apricots in a dial or weighted-gauge canner are given in Table 1 and Table 2.
Table 1. Process Times for Apricots (Halved or Sliced) in a Dial-Gauge Pressure Canner. Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of Style of Pack Jar Size Process Time (Min) 0 - 2,000 ft 2,001 - 4,000 ft 4,001 - 6,000 ft 6,001 - 8,000 ft Hot
Pints or Quarts 10 6 7 8 9
Table 2. Process Times for Apricots (Halved or Sliced) in a Weighted-Gauge Pressure Canner. Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of Style of Pack Jar Size Process Time (Min) 0 - 1,000 ft Above 1,000 ft Hot
10 5 10