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Honey Fig Jam

As you know, we have fig trees. However picking those figs is a whole other story. Between the deer, birds, my pig, and our neighbor Pete, it’s tough to get a good crop. However this year I persevered and picked enough to make jam. But not any jam, this jam is pure Table Mountain Ranch. It uses both ranch fruit and ranch honey, a marriage made in heaven!

This is what a mission fig tree looks like.

This is what a mission fig tree looks like.

Honey Fig Jam

  • 4 cups roughly chopped fresh figs
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 package pectin
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons honey
Washed, stemmed, and chopped figs.

Washed, stemmed, and chopped figs.

Wash and de-stem your figs. Chop finely. Add the figs, lemon juice, and water in a large saucepan. Add pectin and stir until combined. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring often.

Cooked figs.

Cooked figs.

When the mixture has reached a full roiling boil, add the sugar and honey.

Sweet.

Sweet.

Boil hard for one minute, stirring constantly. Skim foam, and ladle into processed jars leave 1/4 inch headspace. Process for in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.

This is delicious, I swear!

This is delicious, I swear!

 

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Fun Ag Facts X

fun ag fact of the day:  Turkey is the largest producer of apricots in the world.

fun ag fact of the day: Bananas are the most produced fruit in the world, roughly 33lbs each year for everyone on earth.

Fun ag fact of the day: Nearly one out of five (19%) of Americans prefer apple pie, followed by pumpkin (13%), pecan (12%), banana cream (10%) and cherry (9%).

fun ag fact of the day: It takes 768 bees flying over 55,000 miles visiting 2 million flowers to produce 1lb of honey.

fun ag fact of the day: There are over 3,000 pear varieties grown throughout the world. These varieties include Green Anjou, Red Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Concorde, Forelle, Seckle and Starkrimson. Each variety has its own unique flavor, smell and texture.

fun ag fact of the day: Washington is the top pear producing stated, followed by California, Oregon, New York and Pennsylvania.

fun ag fact of the day: The crabapple is the only apple native to North America.

fun ag fact of the day: Moro oranges are also called blood oranges.

fun ag fact of the day: Plums belong to the Prunus genus of plants and are relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond. They are all considered “drupes,” fruits that have a hard stone pit surrounding their seeds. When plums are dried, they are known as prunes.

fun ag fact of the day: Twenty-nine cuts of beef meet government guidelines for lean.

fun ag fact of the day: Beef is a nutrient-dense food and is the #1 source of protein, vitamin B12 and zinc.

fun ag fact of the day: Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.

fun ag fact of the day:  The United States and Canada are ranked 1st & 2nd and account for roughly 85% of the world’s production of blueberries, followed by France in 3rd.

fun ag fact of the day: There is an estimated 1,500 different types of tea.

fun ag fact of the day: There are two basic methods employed in processing corn kernels. They are known as “dry milling” and “wet milling.”
Dry milling is the process in which corn is separated into flour, corn meal, grits and other products by soaking corn kernels in water, then removing the germ for processing into oil. The remaining parts of the kernel are ground and sieved into various fractions.
Wet milling is the process by which corn is separated into starch (syrup, ethanol, corn starch), germ (oil), and fiber and gluten (animal feed) by soaking corn kernels in water (and often sulfur dioxide) before separating them into the components above by grinding and centrifuge.

fun ag fact of the day: Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for consumption of food and drink for Americans, behind Thanksgiving Day.

fun ag fact of the day: Oenophobia is an intense fear or hatred of wine.

fun ag fact of the day: The smell of young wine is called an “aroma” while a more mature wine offers a more subtle “bouquet.”

fun ag fact of the day: Asparagus can be green, white or purple.

fun ag fact of the day: In 1900, the death rate in the US from gastritis, duodentitis, enteritis, and colitis was 142.7 people per 100,000. Today, just 1.4 deaths per 100,000 people

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Shamrock Farms

As you all know by now this is a commercial cattle ranch. Our Ranch is mainly range ground where cattle roam in large fields. We are in an area of California that has a lot of different types of agriculture: almonds, rice, hay, walnuts, plums, nursery products, etc. This means we have a lot bees and when those bees aren’t working in those crops, they need a place to live. Enter, us! During the off-season the bees come live out here on the Ranch. We have a lovely crop of star-thistles, various grasses, and sometimes, clover. The bees love it out here and we love having them (except when I get stung in the throat and almost DIE, but that is for another post).
Since I’m crafty and I like to make stuff, occasionally I need beeswax. This was the case when I was making those body bars a while back. I called Kevin O’Laughin, from Shamrock Farms (our bee guy), to get some wax and ask him some questions about the honey industry. We played phone tag for a couple of weeks, but never connected. I ended up walking down the street at work, and buying some wax at the “organic” store. I made my body bars and forgot about the whole thing. Apparently Kevin did not. And he and his family did the nicest thing for me.

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I’m so lucky to live in an ag community where people are so nice. This was such a thoughtful gesture and I’m totally stoked! I love Big Dipper Wax Works! I have one of their candles that I’ve been refusing to burn because it smells so good! You notice that jar in the right corner? Honey butter. Homemade honey butter from a beekeeper. Yeah, it’s breathtaking. And I just ran out of my Savannah Bee Jelly at work! This couldn’t be more perfect! If you see honey from Shamrock Farms buy it!!!! It’s really good and depending on the kind you could be getting honey from our Ranch! They don’t have a website but his phone number is (530) 342-3000. Hit him up if you are looking for some quality honey.

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My Shameless Attempt at Self Promotion: Ranch Giveaways

Obviously I want to share my agricultural life with people – hence the blog. I am always looking for new ways to connect with other producers and especially looking for ways to connect with my consumers. I noticed other bloggers doing giveaways on their blogs. I think that is a marvelous idea! I’ve done a couple of my facebook, and they garnered a lot of interest and participation. Plus everyone likes free stuff!!!

Since my facebook is private to most people I’ve decided to move the giveaways to my blog. What will I be giving away you ask? Well that depends on many factors – location of my winner, what is ripe on the ranch, what little crafty project I am working on. I promise you my giveaways will be random and interesting.

Without any further delay let’s start the giveaways!

This giveaway is for a jar of our honey.

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How do you win? Easy, just leave a comment on my blog from now, August 16, 2011, to August 23, 2011. Next week I’ll put all the names in a hat and pick my winner at random. Added bonus if your comment requests a blog post about a ranch topic! And you can leave a comment on any post within this blog – I will count them all!

Good Luck!!!!

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Strawberry Honey Butter

This is perhaps the best thing I’ve ever made.

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16 oz strawberries, hulled
4 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (I used a half of meyer lemon, because I love them)
3 sticks butter, softened

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Wash your berries.

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Cut the tops off.

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Cuisinart them until they are liquid.

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See? Liquid.

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Pour the mixture through a strainer (I did not buy this especially for this blog. I did not).

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Add the honey.

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And lemon juice.

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Bring to a boil/simmer until it thickened, about 5 minutes.

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I say until it coats the back of a spoon.

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Let your butter come to room temp and put it in your mixer.

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Whip it good.

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Slowly add your room temperature strawberry/honey mixture.  I kept adding it until the butter would hold no more liquid. I ate the rest of the strawberry mixture with a spoon.

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Eat. Sorry this picture sucks, but I couldn’t stop shoving my face full of this stuff to take a proper picture. I figure this will last in your frig for about a week, I mean if you have will power.

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