Southerners (men and women included) enjoy making jams, jellies and preserves. Mr. D loved my Granny’s pear preserves and she made them from scratch and thought sure-jell was the worst thing ever invented. Figs were very scarce when I was growing up in the South and the only way you could acquire them was if a friend or neighbor had a fig tree. I have been a little surprised to see figs in grocery stores and farmers markets in the last few years. A former boss gave me some figs that were given to him several years ago and I found a quick and easy recipe for raspberry fig preserves from Paula Deen that included raspberry jello.
When I saw this recipe for fig preserves from the cookbook, The Gift of Southern Cooking by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock, it reminded me of how my granny made pear preserves. I did not say this would be an easy recipe that you could whip up in just a few minutes but if you want the traditional Southern preserves, I think this would be a good choice. I also like the introduction to the recipe that gives other options for using figs.
Below is the recipe I used from Paula Deen. Even though the instructions include processing the preserves, I chose to share them with co-workers and neighbors to enjoy immediately.
If you are still carrying on the Southern tradition of canning, pickling and preserving fruits and vegetables, I do admire you. You are creating many wonderful memories for your family as my Granny gave me wonderful memories of her canned peaches and pear preserves.
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