What do you do when your awesome neighbor brings you over a few gallons of freshly picked figs? If you have your own fig tree and eat figgy pudding every Christmas, then you are way more familiar with this fruit than I am. I thanked my neighbor and then sheepishly asked if I needed to pit them or peel them.
Ha ha- you don't do either. He recommended making Fig Jam using any flavor of jello. His favorite flavor was Strawberry so that is what we used .
|A fresh fig cut in half.|
So I searched online for a Strawberry Fig Preserves recipe and immediately got started because the fruit was very ripe. The recipe we used is at the bottom. We ended up with 16 cups of figs so we had to double the recipe and make a couple of batches because the recipe only calls for 4 cups.
My kids enjoyed helping. They had to taste test quite a few of the fresh figs just to make sure it was a good fruit. They both agreed that fresh figs are quite yummy!
Here is a Photo Journal of our Strawberry Fig Jam
|We used 8 cups of figs, one large box of Strawberry Jello, 5 1/2 cups of sugar.|
|Mix the sugar with the figs and cook until the sugar is dissolved. At first it will look like the photo above, but the juice will come out soon and turn it into a sweet soup. Keep stirring during this process so you do not burn your sugar.|
|Once the sugar is dissolved, add the jello and boil for 7 minutes.|
|We needed biscuits to test out our jam with.|
|My older daughter said the Jam was great, but she liked the fresh fruit better. I guess I'm going to have to use more figs in the future and try a few other recipes.|
This Jam was really sweet. I like it a lot. It tastes nearly identical to real strawberry jam, and that surprised me. We finished one jar really quickly so I'm glad I have a few more in reserve.
Here is the link to the recipe we used from allrecipes.com: