Fig PreservesFrom BIG MILL BED AND BREAKFAST
Prep Time:2 hours
Cooking Time:5 minutes
Yield:6 half pints
Luscious ripe figs are wonderful and making fig preserves ensures that you can enjoy them all year long. For a great holiday treat, pour preserves over a wheel of brie cheese. Heat for 1 minutes and serve with specialty crackers, Guaranteed to be a party favorite.
- 2 lbs. ripe figs
- 7 cups sugar
- 3-4 lemons (1/2 cup lemon juiice)
- 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon butter
- 3 ounces (1 pouch) pectin
Wash & drain figs, handling carefully. Remove stems and cut figs in half. You will need 4 cups of cut figs.
Measure the sugar into a large mixing bowl. Wash lemons & grate zest from one of the lemons. Squeeze the lemons to get a scant 1/2 cup juice. Check expiration date on the pectin, making sure it has not expired.
Place figs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and butter in large cooking pot. Using a potato masher gently mash some of the figs, leaving some chunks.
Bring this mixture to a rolling boil, one that cannot be stirred down. Continue to stir.
Add liquid pectin and return to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Boild for exactly one minute. Remove from heat.
Ladle the preserves into sterilized jars. Seal and process in a hot water bath according to canning instructions.