Yum Peaceful Cooking: Vanilla Fig and Pear Freezer Jam

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
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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.

If you're using plastic freezer "jars"...then allow the jam to cool a bit before filling the jars. I used glass jars and filled them right away. I did not seal the jars until the mixture had cooled. Once cooled, place the jars in the freezer.

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.


  1. I love the addition of pears to the fig jam. it must give it lots of complex flavor.

  2. I wish someone would give me some figs! What a delicious combination and I love the photo of the figs and pears - gorgeous.

  3. I keep reading jam recipes, I really need to make some jam soon! I totally understand, if you get that much figs, you really need to make jam for sure:-) I love the mix of flavors, sound fabulous! Take care, Terra

  4. Merhabalar, ne kadar güzel ve iştah kabartan bir görüntüsü var. Ellerinize,emeğinize sağlık.


  5. That jam is gorgeous both cooked and uncooked! How lucky to be given fresh figs. I am drooling over that first shot, I eat an English muffin almost every morning, and now I need to have some of this jam!

  6. nos4nus Carole LewisOctober 3, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Oh Danielle this sounds wonderful. I just asked my husband to buy me a couple of dwarf Fig trees for my 70th B'Day. Think I'll have to hit the stores and see if I can find some in the mean time. YUM!

  7. i had my first taste of fresh fig not too long ago, and i loved it! what a gorgeous jam!


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