Who doesn’t appreciate a homemade gift, y’all? Especially, one that you can eat, right?!
I will be gifting a few jars of my homemade fig freezer jam this holiday season. I even told Karl that he might find one in his stocking if he can continue to stay on the nice list. 🙂
The options for what to do with my fig freezer jam are endless, really, but here a few ideas:
- Spread on crackers along with a slice of cheese
- Serve over a block of room temperature cream cheese for a super quick dip to serve with crackers & fresh cut veggies
- Enjoy with any entree from pork to chicken to beef.
- Slather over a piece of buttered toast…
I will even admit to sneaking a spoonful right out of the jar. Takes me back to eating them right off the tree this summer.
Want to know how to make this delightful jam?
I did mine in small batches as I picked them from our fig tree every other day or so. Feel free to adjust the recipe according to how many figs you have on hand. This is an easy way to create a tasty jam that can be stored for upwards to a year in the freezer (if they last that long) & even better – there’s no refined sugar, pectin, OR canning involved!! Most of the work, for me, involved picking the figs & having enough will power not to eat them all before getting them into our kitchen.
Here’s how I made my Homemade Fig Freezer Jam:
~2 lbs fresh figs, stemmed & cut in halves
1/2 cup local honey (or sub with maple syrup)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Combine the figs, honey, sugar, & lemon juice in a large pan (or stock pot) over medium high heat.
- Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to encourage the sugar to melt.
- Reduce heat to medium low & allow mixture to simmer about 45 minutes to an hour, stirring OFTEN!
- Remove from heat & add in vanilla.
- Cool completely & store in air tight containers (I use these Mason jelly jars).
- Store in the refridgerator for up to 3 weeks OR the freezer for up to a year.
Please consider gifting with homemade creations this Christmas… I can promise you that your recipients won’t be disappointed!
P.S. Today is processing day on the homestead. Our meat birds lived a happy, comfortable life. They are now going in our freezer for the months ahead. I can’t wait to share all about the experience in an upcoming post SOON! Let’s just say that raising & processing your own meat to nourish & feed your family takes being appreciative of our homestead & the animals on it to a whole new level.
Till next time…