Monday, August 25, 2008

Fig Season

Summer may be coming to an end but Fig Season has just begun. That's good news for us all, especially my little sister. When you eat a ripe fig, there are few fruits that can beat it, if at all. A ripe fig is luscious, sweet, beautiful in color and is delicious fresh or dried. But my favorite is Fig Jam. My sister always has some store bought jam on-hand and it's a perfect accompaniment with any cheese platter, especially one with goat cheese. Here is a homemade recipe to take advantage of the fig harvest this fall.

Fig Jam
5 pounds fresh figs, chopped
6 cups of sugar
3/4 cup of water
1/2 cup of lemon juice
To prepare chopped figs: Cover figs with boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. Drain, stem, and chop figs.

Combine figs, sugar and 1/4 cup of water in a large sauce pot. Bring slowly to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly until thick. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Add lemon juice and cook 1 minute longer. Pour hot into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Adjust caps. Process 15 minutes on a boiling water bath. Yields about 5 pints.


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