Monday, November 8, 2010

We Interrupt This Portion of Vegan MoFo to Bring You Homemade Cheeze.

You know what's better than a homemade gluten-free pumpkin bagel slathered in homemade ginger-fig preserves (from figs you picked yourself)? Sharing this delicious creation with the best of friends.
ETA: However, my best o' friend has just informed me that the bagel looks gross in this photo, even though it was indeed extra-tasty in real life. Me? I think it looks good! I mean, that's how fig preserves look. ::blink blink::
Ginger-Fig Preserves (Thanks to Amy for taking recipe notes!)
Makes about 4 pints

What You Need:
About 7-8 pounds fresh, ripe figs
3.5-4 cups unbleached granulated sugar
2″ knob of ginger, peeled and grated
Zest from 1 medium lemon, about 1 teaspoon
Juice from 2 medium lemons
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 3-ounce packet liquid pectin (we used Certo brand and called customer service to confirm that the lactic acid is vegan – it is, obviously!)

What You Do:
1. Wash and peel the figs (you will need about 9 cups of fig pulp). The easiest way we found to get the skins off the figs is too squish them out into a large bowl--this is helpful and fun! This way the fruit is the perfect texture; mushy--but still in chunks.
2. Place all ingredients [EXCEPT PECTIN] in a large, heavy-bottomed pot.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring continuously.
4. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring often, for about 30 minutes.
5. Stir in the liquid pectin, cook for 1-2 additional minutes, and then remove from heat.
6. Pour jam into clean, sterilized jars and allow to cool completely before refrigerating. You can also place jam in the freezer (make sure your jars are freezer-safe), just make sure to leave a 1/2″ of headspace in the jar so when it freezes, it has room to expand.

This post is part of VeganMoFo 2010 - the Vegan Month of Food. Get more MoFo info by checking out VeganMoFo Headquarters Itn'l, where you can subscribe to a bunch of vegan blogs and ohh and ahh to your heart's content.


  1. i need to get my gingery-figgy jam on! sharing glorious homemade yumminesses with faces you love is the best! also, you have the cutest collection of dishware, kittee - every time you post i can't help but notice how cute & fun they all are!

  2. Oh wow, those preserves look super delicious! I'm such a fan of jams and preserves and that one looks to die for (to live for?) :)

  3. LOVE figs, and love THIS!!! I wish I lived near you. Must get figs....

  4. Hell this sounds awesome but where's the cheeze???

  5. I don't think it looks gross, looks great! But I'm with Jeni, where's the cheeze?

  6. i'm confused because there is no homemade cheeze in sight. you are messing with me. Also I am confused because the idea of 7 lbs of fresh figs makes me lightheaded and dizzy.

  7. cheeze guys. this is a very cheezy post. get it?

    oh boy.


  8. Yummy figgy preserves. I want some. NOW

  9. Is there anywhere safe from your fig preserves? I hope not!


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