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Strawberry Fig Preserves

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"Everyone thinks these are strawberry preserves. No one has a clue they are made with figs! You can even use different flavors of gelatin like peach or raspberry. Since this recipe makes so little, you could skip the hot water bath and refrigerate the jars of preserves."
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1 h 50 m servings 78
Original recipe yields 40 servings (5 half pints)


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  1. Mix figs and sugar together in a large saucepan, place over medium heat, and cook, stirring often, until sugar has dissolved. Mix in strawberry gelatin; bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 7 minutes. Mash preserves with a potato masher if desired.
  2. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the fig preserves into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.
  3. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 78 calories; 0 20 0.3 0 9 Full nutrition

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Excellent recipe. I used 12 cups of figs, quartered and 6 cups of white sugar. I have also used orange jello. I simmered for thirty minutes before adding the jello and then proceeded as per ...

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Excellent recipe. I used 12 cups of figs, quartered and 6 cups of white sugar. I have also used orange jello. I simmered for thirty minutes before adding the jello and then proceeded as per ...

This was so easy and so yummy!! I only had raspberry jello on hand and it turned out fantastic. This recipe made four small jars for me which was just right for our family. Next time I am goi...

This recipe is great! They taste just like the ones my grandmother made back in the 60's. My granddaughter, who is a strawberry lover, had never tasted figs and she loved them, too.

Followed Paula's instructions to a T in the cooking process. And it didn't disappoint not one ounce! I didn't want to do a water bath after I tasted the hot batch and knew instantly, it was goin...

This was an easy, wonderful recipe. I used peach jello the first time and it was very tasty. I didn't bother with any boiling of the jars....I just put the preserves in "tupperware" and gave o...

I made this batch today. I doubled the recipe, and I added my own touch to it as well. It turned out amazing!! I used 8 cups of figs, but only 5 cups of sugar. Figs are naturally very sweet anyw...

I just made this and my husband loves it. I am only giving the recipe 4 stars because it is too sweet. Does anyone know if I could reduce the amount of sugar by 1 cup? I love the fact that it...

I was given this recipe years ago, but mine called for 3 of the small boxes of Jello and I boiled the mixture for 15 min. Also, I like my preserves more like jam, so I add 1.5oz (3 Tbsp) of liq...

I've been using this recipe for years (couldn't find it, so I googled it here, it is the same one) My entire family loves collage grandson waits for figs to come in so he can have more t...