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While living in Vermont we had our own strawberry patch. Most years I would have an abundant crop of strawberries and I would make jam and fill my freezer with frozen strawberries. One of my favorite jams was a strawberry fig jam. This year I picked strawberries with my daughter and granddaughter. However I could not find any fresh figs. Instead I decided I would be making strawberry jam with dried figs.
After doing a little research I found that using dried fruits to make jam is actually a good thing and helps to intensify the flavor. Finding dried figs was easy. To make the jam I placed the figs in a pan, covered them with water and rehydrated them by bringing the water to a boil and then simmering the figs for about 20 minutes, until the figs were once again plump. I then proceeded with my jam recipe. The result was a delicious strawberry jam with an intense fig flavor.
The recipe I use is from the book Small Batch Preserving. They said, “This jam is so good it disappears from the shelf. The fresh figs lend an amazing texture and taste to the strawberries. Be sure to make as much of it as jar and cupboard space allow whenever you can get your hands on fresh figs.” Truer words have not been spoken the jam is that good. The best news is that the jam is just as delicious using dried figs.
Fresh Fig and Strawberry Jam
1 lb fresh green figs, stemmed and cut into small pieces (about 12oz dried figs)
2 cups quartered strawberries
2 cups sugar
3 Tbsp lemon juice
Place figs, strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a medium stainless steel saucepan. Cover and let stand for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium and boil rapidly, uncovered until the mixture forms a gel, about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
Ladle into sterilized jars and process in a water bath canner for 5 minutes.
I can this recipe in small jars which make it perfect for gift giving. Now I’m wondering if I can grow a fig tree here in Oregon?