Each year I am lucky enough to be able to gorge my belly full of these delectable treats, but a human can only eat so many! So we have started canning the rest into tantalizing Drunken Fig Preserves. We sell them at the local Farmer's Market, and also gift them to friends.
In this process, from planting to harvesting to preserving, the entire family gets involved. Everyone helps out with the digging and tilling of the soil, picking of the hundreds of figs before the vermin get to them, and canning of the preserves.
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A few varieties of figs below with descriptions. My dad gets all his fig seeds from the USDA seed bank. Apparently, you shouldn't always trust whatever you buy from your local nursery.
www.figs4fun.com is a good resource for fig fanatics.
Step 1: Supplies and Materials
- 10 cups of figs
- 3.5 cups of brown sugar
- 2 lemon/orange peels
- 0.25 cups orange juice
- 1 package of fruit pectin
- 0.75 cup brandy (it's what gets the preserves inebriated!)
- 10 mason jars