This is the time of year for fresh apricots in Tasmania and the south of the state is the best place to get them as it is a drier climate than here in the northwest. So when we were on our way home from Hobart last week, we called into a little roadside stall at Mangalore and bought 10kg of lovely slightly underripe apricots. I think Tasmanian apricots are far superior to in flavour and bigger than those that I remember getting in Brisbane when I was a kid. The flavour of these apricots bottled or stewed in absolutely heavenly! They are really easy to bottle and save on freezer space.
After washing, halving and removing the seeds, I pack them cut side down in 4inch Fowlers bottles, and fill with water (not syrup as I don't think the extra sugar is either needed or good for you!).
On go the rubber rings, lids and clips.