The figs are ripe here at the ranch again. I hate it. But I love it. Why? Because I don’t like figs. I don’t like to eat them, I don’t like to pick them and I don’t like to waste them. So I force myself out to the fig trees, battling star thistles and rattlesnakes, and pick until I am covered in itchy fig sap and bleeding from thistle pokes, just for the sake of jam.
When jam and jelly get involved, I love it! Figs make awesome preserves, jam and pickles and they are free!!!! I usually make 3 or 4 different fig recipes a year. My friends love figs, so I know what everyone is getting for Christmas! I needed to expand my recipe collection this year and since I still had meyer lemons, this was the perfect recipe to try! I actually ate this jam and *gasp* kinda liked it even with the figs! The thyme adds something different, which I liked a great deal.
Herbed Fig Lemon Jam
3 pounds figs
1 meyer lemon
4 cups sugar
¼ lemon juice
2 cups water
Boiling jam. It smells so good!
Cut figs into chunks. I like a good variety of big and little, I think it gives it a nice consistency. Carefully cut the lemon into quarters, removing seeds and proceed to cut the quarters crosswise. Mix the figs, lemon and sugar into a large saucepan. Add lemon juice and water. Bring to a boil without stirring. (It’s so hard!!! I know.)
Let cool to room temperature, place a lid on your pan and chill overnight to 12 hours. Bring mixture back to a boil until the lemon is translucent and the mixture has thickened. Add thyme sprigs to mixture and continue boiling until the mixture can pass the frozen plate test. When it does skim foam and discard thyme sprigs.
Fill sterilized jars until 1/4 inch headspace and process in a boiling water for 10 minutes.
A very nice snack!
Recently, our local blueberry farm opened their gates to the U-pick crowd. Well, being the foodie I am, I had to go. My friend and I loaded up and spent a scant hour picking a bucket of blueberries. I was then faced with the daunting task of making several pounds of blueberries into stuff before they went bad. I succeeded. I ate a whole bunch, then I pickled a whole bunch, then I made this wonderful jam, and the rest I froze for pancakes.
This is what a blueberry farm in Northern California looks like.
I think this is now my third favorite jam I make. Which is really saying something since I think I make close to 30 different kinds (
I don’t have a problem). I used Meyer Lemons because we have several trees here on the ranch, so they are free in addition to being delicious.
The spoils of my picking! Glorious!
Blueberry Meyer Lemon Jam*
- 3 cups blueberries, mashed to make about 2 1/2 cups
- 3 1/2 cups sugar
- 1.5 tsps. Meyer Lemon zest, grated
- 1 Tbsp. Meyer Lemon juice
- A whisper of butter (to prevent foaming)
- 1 package (3 oz) liquid pectin
Blueberries, lemon zest and juice ready to be made into jammy goodness.
Add blueberries, sugar, lemon zest, butter and juice in a jam pot. Bring to a roiling boil, stirring to prevent sticking. Add pectin and boil hard for one minute. Remove from heat. Add to sterilized jars and process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.
This jam would be breathtaking on a scone, cheesecake or even on toast. It’s light, crisp with a hint of tart. It’s lovely and I ended up making two batches because it’s going to make great gifts.
*based on Southern Living’s recipe
You also might wanna try:
Blueberry Jam with Mint
Blueberry Mojito Jam
12 or more Meyer or other lemons, scrubbed clean
fresh lemon juice as needed
Slice lemon into 8th leaving the bottom connected.
Stuff the lemon with sea salt. Really work it in there. Stuff into sterilized jars, layer salt in between packed lemons. Fill the jar and make sure the lemons are covered by a layer of salt and juice. You’ll need to squish them a little so juice comes out to cover them.
Seal and set in the kitchen counter for a month, shaking and turning once a day. The lemons are ready to use when rind is soft. You can store them in the fridge for 6 months.
Always rinse lemons before use. More commonly the rind will be used in recipes (mince it), but the flesh can be used as well. The salt can be used in fish and chicken recipes. Also think cocktails.
2 preserved lemons
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1 garlic clove
salt and pepper
In the cuisinart, blend in some olive oil until it gets to the consistency of mayonnaise. Dip veggies in it with some humus or spread on some sammy’s.