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Giant Figs!! Recipe post 9!!

Discussion in 'The Harvest: Recipes, Canning, Preserving' started by baymule, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. Jul 12, 2012
    baymule

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    I went to see my Mom and saw her neighbor's fig tree. On closer inspection, it had the biggest figs I have ever seen in my life. The neighbor was outside and I politely asked if I could take a cutting of the fig tree after it quit bearing. I was in awe of the enormous figs and I wanted a cutting real bad. He told me take all the cuttings I wanted and I said I would wait until it stopped bearing as I didn't want to mess up his harvest. I was thrilled! :weee I told him my grandmother used to make strawberry fig fig preserves and I would love to make them again.

    The next day, Mom's neighbor surprised me with a bag of figs and a box of strawberry jello. He told me take all the figs I wanted, just give him a jar of preserves. I thanked him profusely. I kinda figgured his wife probably flat refused to make fig preserves, her loss, my gain!

    So yesterday, I made stawberry jello fig preserves. I went on Cooks.com and found several likely recipes and selected one. I carefully peeled them although I don't remember my grandmother peeling hers. I cooked, jared and breathlessly waited for a bowl that wouldn't make a full jar to cool. Mmmmmm...........SYRUP! They didn't gell. Oh well, I made cornmeal buttermilk pancakes with bacon last night and we topped the pancakes with strawberry fig syrup! Darn! That was good!! :love I got 7 jars yesterday and set aside 1 for the neighbor and 1 for a friend of DH's that is always giving us his salsa and peas.

    Today I picked figs and chose a different recipe, and no, I darn sure didn't peel them! I got 5 jars and set aside 1 for Mr. Neighbor Man. :lol: Here are some pics, can anybody tell me what kind of fig tree makes such gi-normous figs?

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    Bowl of Figs

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    Fig Syrup!

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  2. Jul 12, 2012
    Carol Dee

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    Looks great! :drool Did the second batch jell? Some jams take longer to set. (It may thicken yet.)
     
  3. Jul 12, 2012
    hangin'witthepeeps

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    That is beautiful. Last year I found one of my friends had figs on his new rental property and asked permission to pick some. I had never made fig jam or anything and I cut them up with a handful of fresh cherries, added the sugar and when they cooked down I put my emersion blender in. It was so yummy and the cherries had the pectin to make a real good gel.

    I'm going to check the bushes tonight and see if they are ready this year. I'll have to give him a few jars, but well worth it!
     
  4. Jul 12, 2012
    Chickie'sMomaInNH

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    ooooh! :drool sounds very delicious!
     
  5. Jul 13, 2012
    baymule

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    WHOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!! :weee Batch #2 gelled!!!!!!! :weee :ya hooray! In the morning we're gonna have eggs and toast slathered in strawberry fig preserves!! :clap
     
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    desertlady

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    I havent had figs in a looong time ! They are big!! syrup looks yummy ! send some over will you ? PLLLLEEEASE!! :bun
     
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    desertlady

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    I havent had figs in a looong time ! They are big!! syrup looks yummy ! send some over will you ? PLLLLEEEASE!! :bun
     
  8. Jul 13, 2012
    diggerthechickenman

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    i have 2 GIANT fig trees and they have these big figs i would love to have that recipe for the strawberry fig preserves (hint) ;)
     
  9. Jul 13, 2012
    baymule

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    Anything for my friend!! :rainbow-sun

    6 cups figs-mashed
    6 cups sugar
    1 cup water
    3 (3) oz strawberry jello
    1 box sure jell

    Boil figs, sugar and water for 30 minutes.
    Add jello and sure jell and boil 2 minutes longer.
    Pack in hot sterile jars and cap lids on.
    I got 5 pint jars plus a little bit I put in a plastic dish and refigerated. ( I mean refRigerated lol)


    The 1st recipe I used didn't call for sure jell and both recipes said to peel the figs. I was dumb anough to peel the 1st batch. :lol:
    I didn't peel the 2nd batch and we had some on toast this morning. :drool It was so good! Plus I don't remember my grandmother peeling her figs either. Good luck and be sure to come back and tell me how you liked your strawberry fig preserves!
     
  10. Jul 14, 2012
    baymule

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    Whoo-Hoo!!! I picked more figs yesterday and got only 4 cups of chopped mashed figs. So I added 2 cups of mashed blackberries and proceded with the above recipe. Instead of strawberry jello, I used blackberry jello. :drool I scraped and licked the pot I cooked 'em in. ;)
     

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