I have a friend who lives down the road from me with a huge fig tree!!!
She brought me a big basket full of beautiful green figs just picked this morning. Hmm what to do with a huge beautiful box of figs??Well lets see…. I could eat some of course which I did but what I’d really like to do is….can you guess?? Well?? CAN you?
I have this book, its called Ball Complete book of home persevering.
This recipe has no added pectin and was super simple and fun to make. I am so excited to eat this in the fall with cheese , wine and bread. You can also eat with a roast of pork would be excellent too. Straight from the jar ?? The best way to describe this…Fig honey in a jar, complete with whole figs…does’t get much better.
- Fig Preserves
- 8 cups firm fresh figs
- 8 cups boiling water
- 2 2/3 cups sugar
- 4 cups water
1 lemon unpeeled thinly sliced, seeded.
- In large glass or stainless steel bowl combine figs and boiling water, cover and let stand 15 mins, Transfer to colander in sink and drain, rinse well with cold water.
- In large deep stainless steel sauce pan combine sugar, 4 cups water and lemon slices, bring to boil over high heat. Stirring occasionally boil hard for 10 mins . Remove lemon slices and reduce to med- high heat. Return Syrup to a boil adding 2 cups of figs at a time boil figs until transparent. Figs are transparent remove figs and keep boiling your liquid until it thickens, pour liquid over figs and let sit at room temp for at least 8 hrs or over night. ( I just put mine in a big sauce pan and covered with lid until the next day.)
- Prepare canner lids and jars. ( remember check for your correct processing times)
- In stainless steel sauce pan bring fig mixture to a boil over med- high heat. Stirring regularly, remove from heat.
- Ladle hot preserves into jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim, Center lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met.
- Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered-with water. Bring to boil and process for 10 mins, remove canner lid then wait 5 min before removing hot jars, cool and store….and enjoy!!!