I finally found some more figs at costco of all places. I was shopping there for the dinner party we held the other night and saw figs. Visions of figs and creamy goat cheese with honey were dancing in my head…and then I thought about strawberry-fig jam! I grabbed four pounds (two for jam and two for the party) and away I went!
It is so simple to make jam, it’s ridiculous. I trimmed up the figs and strawberries one afternoon while preparing dinner. The next day, during Sophia’s nap, I pureed the fruits and put them in a pot to bring them to a gentle boil.
While I was waiting on the jam, I worked on Sophia’s pillowcase dress. I added the water, lemon juice, sugar and pectin according to these directions. I added a little bit more sugar (1/2 cup), since I tasted the blueberry jam and had wished it was a tad sweeter. Not that I like sweet jam, but a little bit more would have been perfection. After boiling for the correct amount of time – I tasted the jam and decided it was time to can. I loaded up fourteen half pint jars that had been sterilized in the dishwasher – and put them in the water bath for 5-10 minutes.
By the time Sophia was up, the jars were filled with jam and just going through their water bath. The sound of little pings! echoed through the kitchen. What a lovely way to preserve the tastes of summer. And not to be immodest, but this is the best jam I have made yet. The best. Period. And the final cost per jar is just over two dollars. I’ve continued to use the enormous amounts lemon juice and sugar I bought from the first jam making session (again, costco) and I doubled up the pectin this time. Not bad at all…