Today after work, I went to Mom's -she had figs on the table and was saying she would probably have to throw them out. YIKES! How could you do that? So I said, "Are there more on the tree?" She said "Oh yeah a lot more." So we went out and picked them. Mom asked if I had jars and lids and rings. I said I was pretty sure I had enough left. Ha. She insisted that I take what she had on hand (rings and lids, but not jars. I knew I had enough jars. As I was getting in the car I thought out loud "I hope I have enough sugar." Mom said "Let me give you some!" so she brought out a partial bag with about two pounds in it.
I decided to stop by the store anyway. So I got a box of lids, more sugar, some limes and orange jello.
I had enough sugar - using Mom's and what I had before the trip by the store. I had enough jello - I didn't use the orange. And I had a LOT of lids. Oh well! I washed and cut up all the figs, I don't peel them, that is perfectly good fiber in there.
I decided to make Lemon Ginger first and I measured the three cups of figs, three cups of sugar and two packs of lemon jello into the pan. While that was getting hot I reamed two limes into it for the extra citric acid and a little flavor punch. I love my wooden citrus reamer, it does a great job.
Then as it started to boil, I added some ground ginger...between a teaspoon and a tablespoon. LOL. I just kinda dumped it in. After it was cooking nicely I took my stick blender and pulverized all the pieces. So it is a nice smooth consistency. After they were cooked to perfection, I put them in jars and water bathed them in boiling water for 15 minutes or better.
Then I did the grape version. It is the same but using grape jello instead of lemon and no ginger is added. I couldn't think what would spice up grape flavor so I went plain with it.
So, can you guess what is under this towel on my kitchen table?
Sure you can! I know I "can"
Eleven 8-ounce jars of fig perserve goodness. I made 5 jars of Lemon Ginger flavored and 6 jars of grape flavored fig preserves. I know the lemon ginger was wonderful last year. I hope the grape is good too.
While I was writing this post I think every jar that wasn't already sealed made that pop/ping sound. Ahhh....pure delight in eleven little jars.
I have more figs in the freezer.....so I will be canning again sometime soon, I hope.