Saturday, February 14, 2009

Great jam, just ask me

We have a giant fig tree as well as a giant plum tree in our backyard and each year we're faced with the same problem - what to do with all those figs???

We don't really like them. Our neighbours a few doors down do and the birds do so that gets rid of some but invariably most of them fall to the ground, compost down and fertilise the tree so that we get even more figs the following year. It's a vicious cycle.

There's nothing like a shady fig tree to swing under though and I even painted our back fence green to match (mural to follow one day).

But back to the problem of too many figs. We made jam this year. It's not pretty but it tastes great. A lot like strawberry jam but not as sweet.
tastes better than it looks...

FIGJAM (makes about 6 jars)
3kg figs
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of honey
lemon zest (a few tbsp)
squeeze of lemon
1 cup of water
Trim the stem of the figs and slice them into quarters. Put them in a large saucepan with everything else. Bring them to a slow simmer until the figs are soft (30 mins). Mash them or use one of those baby-puree things if you don't want lumpy jam. Otherwise, just break them up with a wooden spoon. Keep simmering until the jam is nice and thick. Put in jars.

I'm really on a roll with my jam making this summer. I had no idea it was so easy. The key is in the lemons. Lemons contain lots of pectin which is what makes the jam gel. Actually, all fruit contains pectin but lemons contain heaps so it's almost like cheating.

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