|Figs – July 2016|
Just like last year, I am back to trying to beat the mocking bird to the ripe figs by picking figs early morning and late afternoon. He gets one or two, especially the ones at the top of the tree, but I don’t mind so long as I have enough to make jam.
The first batch of jam I made used 3 pounds of figs and one pound of blueberries, and I like that I can still taste the figs. In one of the batches I made last year, the blueberries overpowered the figs. It was still good jam, but I prefer this batch.
The second batch used one pound of figs and one pound of strawberries. I also used one cup of honey and one cup of sugar instead of two cups of sugar. The fig/strawberry mix is good and there is just a hint of honey flavor. We both really like this recipe, but strawberry jam doesn’t set as easily, and I’d like the next batch to be a little firmer. I used some pectin, but clearly not enough!
Today I used the same Drunken Fig Jam recipe that everyone liked so much last year, but I substituted honey for half the sugar. We couldn’t taste the honey at all, so I will just use sugar next time. It makes more sense to keep honey in the pantry than to hide it in jam. I’ll make some more batches of the original recipe, but then I plan to experiment using Stevia for a lower calorie version.
Between checking hives, feeding bees, and making jam, I have no time to get bored at all. Summer is flying by, and we have to stop to consciously look at what we have accomplished rather than focusing on what we have not yet even started.