Saturday, September 29, 2012
Vanilla Fig and Pear Freezer Jam
What do you do when someone give's you a few pounds of figs? You make jam.
Freezer jam to be more exact. And it's a lot easier than you'd think. Start off with clean, sterile jars, fresh fruit, pectin and sugar.
Maybe a spice if wanna get fancy.
And you're ready to go.
This recipe was adapted from The Family Foodie, Vanilla Fig Freezer Jam
Vanilla Fit and Pear Freezer Jam
6 cups figs, quartered
2 cups bosc pears
4 cups granulated sugar
juice from 1 lemon
1 box Sure Jell Fruit Pectin
1/2 tsp vanilla
First things first (and this is a new thing for me). Place a small plate in the freezer. later on you'll use this to test the consistency of your jam.
Stem the figs and cut them into quarters. Peel and core the pears and dice them.
In a large pot, combine the figs, pears and sugar. Let sit for about 1/2 an hour (not over any heat). Once everything starts to look liquidy, add the lemon juice, Sure Jell and vanilla.
Put the pot over a low heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and continue bubbling. At this point, if you'd like a less chunky jam, use a potato masher to crush the fruit up a bit.
Continue to simmer until the jam has become very thick. You can check the doneness of your jam by placing a spoonful in the center of your frozen plate. Let is sit for a minute then tip the plate. If the jam runs slowly or stays put, its done. If your jam races to the edge of your plate, then its not quite ready and you need to simmer it some more.
Don't forget to put one jar in the fridge so you can enjoy it immediately.
Its sweet, figgy and mildly pear-ish with a nice little hint of vanilla. It made about 7 - 12 oz jars and I'm really looking forward to making some sort of danish or pastry with it.
Thats if I don't eat it all with my morning toast.