When I was a child, we had a huge fig tree in our backyard.
I remember back then eating strawberry fig jam,
and I remember it was delicious!
My folks passed away.
I moved far, far away.
I never even thought of that strawberry fig jam again until about ten years ago when we moved to our current house. Back then, we had a huge fig tree just like the one from my childhood home. Memories came rushing back and I made my first batch of jam that summer with my own figs.
It tasted like home.
That fig tree was destroyed when we had some work done on our house. I was devastated but planted another one as soon as I could. It died, so I planted another one.
It died, too.
Turns out I don't have such a green thumb
when it comes to fig trees!
Today I was gifted with a box of beautifully ripe, sweet figs
from an even sweeter friend.
Can you guess what I did with them?
STRAWBERRY FIG JAM
6 cups of mashed figs
4 cups sugar
2 boxes of strawberry jello
Clean and cut the tops off of your figs. Mash to your desired consistency and measure out 6 cups. Combine figs, sugar, and jello in a large pot. Bring mixture to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Pack into sterile jars and process per your preference.
Note: I had 8 full cups of mashed figs and used the same amount of sugar and jello. It came out to exactly 12 half pints
and tasted just as good!