Well, tonight I had a pleasant evening putting up fig preserves. I use two different recipes because my kids don't really like traditional fig preserves. One of the recipes is a fake strawberry preserve and is oh so easy! Here are the two recipes that I use and they work out really well. I have gotten lots of nice comments from both when I gift someone a jar.
Imitation Strawberry Preserves
1 quart figs cut up and mashed
3 cups sugar
6 oz. pkg. strawberry jello
1/4 c. lemon juice
3 oz. pkg. lemon jello
Combine all ingredients in a boiler and bring to a boil slowly to dissolve sugar. Then boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for about another 5 minutes. Pour in jars and seal. Process in boiling water bath according to USDA instructions for jams and preserves.
1 lb. figs to 3/4 lb. sugar
1/2 c. water
3 slices ginger chopped fine or 3 tbls. ground ginger
Cook figs in sugar and water syrup until figs get glassy (about 45 minutes). Drain small amount of liquid and cook sliced lemons and ginger for about 10 minutes. Fill jars, seal and process in a boiling water bath.
I believe the USDA recommendations are 25 minutes for pints and 30 for quarts, but please double check. I always look it up just to make sure and never remember the exact times.
So where does the elderberry wine come in? Well, while I was cutting and cooking figs I decided to have some elderberry wine that friend gave me. This bottle had aged for 11 years and let me tell you it was divine. I definitely will be making some elderberry wine this year. It was lovely and a perfect compliment to the figs which I ate while I cut!
Now I have 7 lovely quarts of fig preserves cooling on the counter, a lovely glass of wine has relaxed me ( maybe it will help me sleep), and the boston butt in thawing out for tomorrow. What a nice evening to have had. Blessings, Kat