Fig Jam with Toasted Fennel Seeds

 

May 11, 2016

Fig Jam with Toasted Fennel Seeds
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Servings
2 Half pints
Servings
2 Half pints
Fig Jam with Toasted Fennel Seeds
Print Recipe
Servings
2 Half pints
Servings
2 Half pints
Ingredients
Servings: Half pints
Instructions
Materials
  1. Half- or quarter-pint Mason jars with two-piece lid closure
  2. Jar lifter
  3. Tall stockpot with a lid and silicone blossom trivet (available online) for processing
  4. Wooden chopstick
  5. Clean kitchen towel
  6. Wide-mouth canning funnel
  7. Paper towels
  8. Preserving pot
  9. Ladle
  10. Large nonreactive bowl
  11. Small stainless steel skillet
  12. Mortar and pestle or spice grinder
Instructions
  1. To toast the fennel seeds, heat them in a bare stainless steel skillet until they’re aromatic and just start to darken. This won’t take more than a couple of minutes. Use a mortar and pestle or spice grinder to grind them into a coarse powder.
  2. In a large nonreactive bowl, fold together the figs, sugar, and lemon juice. Add the fennel seeds and let the mixture macerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
  3. Transfer the mixture to your preserving pot using a spatula to scrape any sugar that has settled to the bottom of the bowl and, over high heat, bring to a boil that can’t be stirred down.d
  4. Cook for about 7 minutes, or until a dollop of jam placed on saucer and cooled for a few minutes in the freezer doesn’t run back together when you drag your finger through it. Remove from the heat and stir in the balsamic vinegar.
  5. Ladle into prepared quarter-pint jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and wipe rims. Place the lids on the jars and screw on the bands until they are fingertip tight.
  6. Process in the tall stockpot with lid for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude as needed. (At 1,000 to 3,000 feet, increase processing time by 5 minutes. At 3,000 to 6,000 feet, increase processing time by 10 minutes.)
  7. After 24 hours, check the seals. Label, date, and store out of direct sunlight without the bands for up to a year.
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