Do you have a fig tree? A friend with a fig tree? Or access to locally grown figs? If so, we have a great recipe on the Home & Garden Information Center website for making fig preserves!
I made this recipe a couple of weeks ago. This is a true story.
First, let me say that I was gifted a bundle of fresh figs from a friend. My first thought was, “Ugh, what am I going to do with all those figs? Looks like a lot of work!” Then… Aha Moment. “Figs are awesome! They may be my favorite fruit ever. I’m going to preserve them so I can eat them all year long!”
I started by giving the figs a thorough rinse. Here are what beautiful, ripe and freshly harvested figs look like.
Next, I made myself a fig snack. I needed to confirm that those figs tasted as good as they looked. They did not disappoint.
OK. On to work. Really got down to this fig preserving business.
I brought a large pot of water to a boil.
Poured boiling water over figs and let them stand 15 minutes.
Drained. Rinsed the figs in cold water. Prepared a syrup by mixing 4 cups of sugar, 1½ quarts water and lemon.
I brought the syrup ingredients to a rapid boil and boiled for 10 minutes.
ON a side note. While I was waiting for the syrup to come to a boil, I took a picture of my cat. Her name is Tomato. I didn’t touch her though, because that could have created a food safety issue.
Back to work again.
After the syrup had been boiling for 10 minutes, I skimmed the syrup; removed and discarded lemon slices. Then dropped figs into syrup a few at a time. Cooking rapidly until the figs were translucent. (forgot to get a picture of that part). Removed figs and placed in shallow pan.
Then boiled the remaining syrup until thick.
Poured it over figs and let sit for 6 to 8 hours (ended up being closer to 8 hours for me). I loosely covered the pan of figs in syrup with paper towels.
Want to guess what I did while my figs were marinating in syrup?
I went for a hike with my hubby and saw this beautiful waterfall!!
**I did come home and clean up really good before starting back to work on preserving the figs.*
Once I was back at home and ready to finish, I reheated the figs and syrup to boiling. Poured the hot preserves into hot, sterile jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Wiped jar rims and adjusted lids and processed the jars for 5 minutes in a boiling water bath.
And there you have it. Jars of fig preserves! Not bad for a day of work and play!
3 quarts figs
3 quarts boiling water
4 cups sugar
1½ quarts water
2 lemons, thinly sliced (optional)
Pour boiling water over figs. Let stand 15 minutes. Drain. Rinse figs in cold water. Prepare syrup by mixing sugar, 1½ quarts water and lemon. Boil rapidly 10 minutes. Skim syrup; remove and discard lemon slices. Drop figs into syrup a few at a time. Cook rapidly until figs are transparent. Remove figs and place in shallow pan. Boil syrup until thick, pour over figs and let stand 6 to 8 hours. Reheat figs and syrup to boiling. Pour hot preserves into hot, sterile jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims and adjust lids. Process 5 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Yield: About 10 half-pint jars