Our fig tree was ridiculous this summer and produced pounds upon pounds of fresh figs. While this was incredible, we had to figure out what the HECK to do with all those fresh figs! (And as someone who’d never really had figs before, I had no preconceived notions or ideas of what we should do to eat up all the fresh fruit growing in our yard.)
So, as a sensible woman, I decided we would make preserves.
And that we did. Jars upon jars of fig preserves.
You’ll start off with some water, orange juice and sugar in a large pot. You want the liquid to come to a boil and become clear.
Quarter your figs while the liquid mix is heating up. And then once the liquid is boiling, toss in those figs.
Bring them up to a boil, then simmer and cover for about 30 minutes, until the liquid is thick and gooey.
It’ll look a little something like this:
At this point, you can either can your preserves in sterilized jars or you can puree the mixture in a blender to make the texture consistent. Personal preference. Whatever floats your boat. But since we had so many figs, I actually did this both ways and both are delicious.
Sweet and simple, friends.
If you're lucky enough to get your hands on fresh figs this summer, whip up these Orange Fig Preserves to savor the sweetness of the season year round. Perfect for smothering on a breakfast biscuit on your lunchtime toast, these preserves are a brilliant and tasty way to utilize an abundance of figs.
- 1 ½ cups water
- ¾ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
- 3 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 5 pounds fresh figs
- ½ Valencia orange, sliced
- Bring water, orange juice and sugar to a boil in a large pot or a Dutch oven. You want the liquid to become clear before adding the figs.
- Quarter figs while water/OJ/sugar are coming to a boil.
- Drop in the figs to the pot and cook until sauce is thick and gooey. (About 30 minutes.)
- Add orange with peel on and stir in.
- Spoon into sterilized jars, then place in a water bath for 15 minutes.
- Pull cans out of water bath, and they are good to go!
Makes 12 four oz. cans.
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And if you’re like us, keep a lot and then come up with fun/random ways to use your preserves. You won’t be disappointed!