Author Margaret Maron's Fig Preserves

[Robyn Lee]

North Carolina-based mystery author Margaret Maron just published her twenty-fifth title, Sand Sharks. Maron, like her protagonist Judge Deborah Knott, grew up working on a farm and did her fair share of fruit-picking and jam-making. Even though she's got another deadline fast approaching for her 2010 book, Maron is sneaking away from her keyboard this month to pick figs from her three backyard bushes. Of all the jars in her pantry, her aunt's fig preserves are always the quickest to disappear, so she graciously shared the recipe with us.

Author Margaret Maron's Fig Preserves

The recipe box is closed. Read about why and how to export your data »

About This Recipe

Yield:10 pints

Procedures

  1. 1

    In a large pot, layer 8 pounds of figs and 5 pounds of sugar and 1 diced whole lemon (minus the seeds and white internal membranes.) Refrigerate overnight.

  2. 2

    Add 1 to 2 tablespoons pickling spice.

  3. 3

    Boil until thick and translucent, then seal in clean hot jars.

  4. 4

    If your jars, rings, and lids are all good and hot (I keep mine in a roasting pan in the oven at 225°F until ready to fill), the jars will seal without a pressure canner or water bath.

Comments

Add a rating with your comment:

Comments can take up to a minute to appear - please be patient!

Previewing your comment: