My family loves strawberry fig preserves. Growing up in the Midwest, I had never eaten figs. I am assuming they weren’t common where we lived. So I was a little hesitant to try them when I first saw them, but my father-in-law made sure I at least tried one- so I did. That began my love for this wonderful fruit. Since then my husband and I have planted 4 trees on our little bit of earth. They have supplied a good bit of fruit every year for us.
Every year our fig trees make the most beautiful figs. Most of them are the size of my palm, and so sweet. Our figs make the best strawberry fig preserve when I can keep the kids from eating them all! Not to mention how beautiful the jelly looks in the jars! These would make great gifts, so plan ahead and make extra!
This recipe calls for strawberry jell-o, but you can use fresh strawberries as well. I know the jell-o isn’t the healthiest thing to eat. You do you and change it up to suit your family’s needs. It will be wonderful either way!
The kids are a huge help when it comes to picking the figs. I use the ladder and they climb the tree from the inside and pick. Once we have a good amount picked, we head inside and start washing them up. Be sure to wash up as well, those figs will make you itch.
Always give your figs a good rinse and be sure to trim off the stems. Now you want to place them in a deep pot and cook them down. I like to mash mine as they are cooking.
At this point, I get the jars and lids into the oven. Put the oven on 200 degrees. This is such a quick way to keep your jars hot, and ready for when you need them.
Once they start cooking down, I take my immersion hand blender and start crushing them up.
Once they are all crushed up, you can add in the jell-o and the sugar and mix well. Make sure all the ingredients are well combined. Bring this to a rolling boil and let it cook for 10 minutes. Stirring often.
When the jelly is ready, you can pull your hot jars and lids out and fill them. Make sure to leave the proper headspace- 1/4 inch. Wipe your rims and place them in your water bath canner and process for 15 minutes.
This jelly is so good, I bet people wouldn’t even know it is not strawberry jelly. Give this a try and enjoy some yummy strawberry fig preserves all year long!
- 3 cups of figs (approximately 3 pounds of figs)
- 3 cups of sugar
- 1 box of strawberry jello
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