Now you know that I like VARIETY! Yes, I confess. So I decided to play with the recipe. I started changing the strawberry jello for other flavors. I have made:
- strawberry (to get started)
- orange spice
- spiced peach
- lemon ginger
The pineapple is new this year. I have only had a small sample from the leftover. I doubt I will keep it in the date rotation that I try to use them in. (why, because it is yummy!) I currently have a couple of jars from 2011 left, a nice stash of the 2012 crop and now I am building the 2013 stash.
Our figs look something like this picture I found.
The tops generally stay green until it is too late! Either the birds and bugs get them or they start fermenting right on the tree. I truly meant to take a picture of my bag of figs...I thought of it again as I was cutting up the last couple of them. (sigh) Sometimes I get to excited about what I am doing to get pictures.
I have my jars filled from this evening's adventure. I made a batch of spiced peach since we love that one a lot. I use peach jello and add ground cloves, cinnamon and a bit of allspice to spice them up a bit.
Here is the basic recipe -
Faux Strawberry Fig Preserves/Jam
3 c. fresh, peeled figs mashed slightly (I didn't peel or mash to start with...just washed and quartered)
2 c. sugar
2 (3 oz.) pkg. strawberry Jello
1/2 c. water
1/2 slice lemon (okay I usually just ream out a lime into the pot)
5 - 7 (8 oz.) jars
Mix all ingredients in large pot. As it starts to cook I use my stick blender to puree the figs. Cook on high heat until mixture comes to rolling boil. Cook on medium heat 20 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Pour into sterilized hot jars and waterbath for 15 minutes.
Play with the flavor of jello and maybe add some spices to bring up the flavor.
Here are my jars -I am listening for that sweet POP that says they have sealed. If a jar doesn't seal, put it in the freezer until you need it OR put it in the refrigerator and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
I turn mine upside down as I read that they seal better that way. I also put them on a beach towel and cover them with another towel. Yes it is probably "overkill" but it makes me feel better.
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