Green Fig Preserve
Category: Preserves Pickles Jams & Chutney
Recipe By: South African Cookbook Readers Digest
- 1kg green figs
- 15ml slaked lime
- 10 cups water
- 1.25kg sugar
- 20ml lemon juice
1. Scrape the figs with a knife and make a cross on the rounded bottom of each fig.
2. Make a lime solution by stirring the slaked lime into 10 cups of water, and soak the figs overnight.
This ensures that the preserve will be tender yet crisp.
3. Rinse thoroughly the next day in fresh water and leave to soak for 15 minutes.
4. Drain and then boil in a fresh batch of water enough to cover the fruit for about 15 minutes, or until tender.
Remove the figs, reserving the water and allow draining and cooling slightly in a colander.
5. Prepare the syrup by pouring 8 cups of the water that the figs where boiled into a saucepan with the sugar,
add the lemon juice and bring the syrup to the boil, while stirring to dissolve the sugar.
6. Squeeze the excess water from each fig, place them one at a time, in the boiling syrup, ensuring that the
syrup does not stop boiling. Boil uncoverd, until the figs are tender and translucent and the syrup is thick.
7. Spoon the figs and syrup into hot, dry sterilized jars and seal immediately.