Today, my mom and I have teamed up to share her fresh fig preserves recipe. One of my favorite childhood memories is picking fresh fruit in the summer. Sometimes I’d eat the fruit “paleo” style, but true summer bliss came when Mom made fresh strawberry fig preserves. It’s a tradition we at First Day of Home hope you’ll enjoy sharing with your friends and family all summer long.
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Preparation for Grandma’s fresh fig preserves
This recipe for strawberry fig preserves uses only four simple ingredients and four mason jars per batch. For best results, my mom recommends making only one batch at a time. And I highly recommend taking my mom’s advice when it comes to cooking!
- 3 cups of fresh figs (about 40 figs, washed with stems removed)
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 boxes of strawberry gelatin
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
Preparation for jars and figs
Before cooking your small-batch fig preserves, you’ll need to heat the glass mason jars in the oven at 300 degrees. Then, place the lids in a pot with shallow water, and warm them on the stove at low heat. While the jars and lids are heating, you can begin mashing the figs.
When mashing your figs, leave a few small- or medium-sized pieces if you desire a thicker texture. Nothing is better than a PB&J with some chunks of fig preserves in the mix.
Cooking the fig preserves
My kids love spending time at grandma’s house, partly because there’s always something good cooking in the kitchen. My little helper added the strawberry gelatin and other ingredients into our fig preserves mixture for us.
After adding all ingredients, gently boil the strawberry fig preserves on the stove at low heat for 15-18 minutes, until the mixture thickens.
Placing fig preserves in jars
To place the fresh fig preserves into mason jars, use a kitchen funnel like the one shown below. The shape fits perfectly into the jars and leads to minimum spillage. You’ll want to wipe the rims if the preserves do spill over. I usually can’t resist the urge to steal some finger-licking goodness in the process.
After filling the jars and replacing the lids (finger-tight only), flip the jars over to set for about 5 minutes. You’ll know the jars are sealed when the center of the lid is indented. Luckily, the fig preserves do not need refrigeration as long as the lids are sealed properly.
Enjoying your fresh fig preserves
These fresh fig preserves make great gifts for friends and neighbors when you dress them up with some fabric and ribbon. Of course, sharing is optional!
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A quick 30-minute recipe for delicious preserves using fresh figs and strawberry-flavored gelatin.
- 3 cups Washed figs (About 40 figs)
- 2 cups Sugar
- 2 boxes Strawberry flavored gelatin (3 oz per box)
- 1 tbsp Lemon juice
- 4 jars 8 oz glass mason jars
Place glass mason jars (without lids) in an oven-safe cake pan to heat at 300 degrees.
Heat mason jar lids in a pan on the stove at low heat (not boiling).
Remove stems and any bruised ends of pre-washed figs. Gently mash figs and transfer to soup pot. There is no need to remove skins.
Add lemon juice, sugar and gelatin mix to mashed figs.
Bring mixture to a boil on the stove, and boil gently 15 - 18 minutes until thickened. Remove the preserves, mason jars and lids from heat. Gently dry lids.
Pour preserves mixture into hot jars and wipe any excess around the rim of jar before sealing with lids (finger tight only).
Turn jars over to rest for 5 minutes. The mason jars are sealed when the center of lid is indented.
If doubling the recipe, make separate batches rather than doubling the ingredients. Refrigerate upon opening.