Momma's Fresh Fig Preserves
Mmm mmm fig preserves! Spread on buttered biscuits or toast, even great with cream cheese on a bagel. From momma with love.
- Serves: 5 persons
- 6cups quartered fresh figs
- 3cups white sugar
- 1tablespoon lemon juice
- ½teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- ½teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼teaspoon salt
Step 1Bring figs, sugar, lemon juice, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat and cook at a low simmer, stirring every 20 minutes, until desired consistency, 3 to 4 hours.
Step 2Inspect 5 or 6 half pint-sized jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water until fig preserves are ready. Wash new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.
Step 3Pack fig preserves into hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a clean knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars to remove any air bubbles. Wipe rims with a moist paper towel to remove any residue. Top with lids and screw rings on tightly.
Step 4Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars 2 inches apart into the boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water to cover jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil, cover, and process for 10 minutes.
Step 5Remove the jars from the stockpot and let rest, several inches apart, for 12 to 24 hours. Press the center of each lid with a finger to ensure the lid does not move up or down. Remove the rings for storage and store in a cool, dark area.