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Here is a true story, when I was a kid, probably around 12 or 13 years old, I had a job picking figs.
I grew up in the central valley of California, and there were many people who had fig trees. One family that we knew needed to hire help to pick their figs, so my brother and I got jobs. If you don't know, figs are picked by harvesting them off of the ground. A tractor with a grabbing mechanism would go to the trees and grab them and shake them. The figs would fall to the ground and the pickers go and start throwing figs into their buckets. Well, at least that was how it was done when I was a kid back in the day. You had to crouch down and fill your bucket as fast as you could because you were paid by the bucket load of figs. About 10 cents per bucket back then, as a matter of fact! It was hard dusty work and by the end of my first day, I was sick. So, my employment didn't last very long.
The funny thing about that story is, I don't remember eating a lot of figs as a kid. Sometimes we had Fig Newtons, and I think that once in awhile we had some dried figs, but they weren't a major part of our diet. That is why when I was able to order some figs from our local wholesale produce distributor, I was anxious to get some and see what I could do with this funny looking fruit, the fig!
Benefits of eating figs:
After studying out the good things about figs, I decided that the first thing I would make would be Fig Jam. (I mean, do you even know me?) I learned that fig jam is great when used in appetizers as well as meats and other savory dishes. Rather than just being a sweet jam, Fig Jam has an earthy flavor that makes it delicious in all kinds of applications! I decided to make 2 kinds of Fig Jam, one with just the figs and also Blueberry Fig Jam, which sounded amazing when I saw the idea online. It is almost a preserve because of the chunky bits of fig and blueberries. As I got ready to make the jam, my internet went out! So, I came up with my own recipes for these jams! And guess what! They worked out beautifully, and I didn't use any added pectin because figs and the added lemon juice are high enough in pectin so you don't need it. The Blueberry Fig jam is slightly sweeter, but you still get the warm undertones from the figs. If you have access to figs, you are going to want to give these jams a try!
I have added these 2 Fig Jam Recipes to our new Jam eBook that we are kicking off today! it is called, Jam In 3 Winks. it will soon be on Amazon, but right now you can order it for the best price from our Etsy shop! It is a digital download, so just download and print or read from your computer screen! You can also send it to be printed to some place like Staples.
Besides the Fig Jam recipes, you will find other great ones, like Strawberry Ginger-ale Jam and Lemon Blackberry Marmalade! My girls have been after me forever to put my jam recipes into a book and I finally got around to it. I hope you enjoy it!
As you may have noticed, lots of times when I make jam, I also make round labels to fit on top of the lid. That part gets thrown away anyway and then I don't have to scrub labels off of my jars. So, I made some cute Fig Jam Labels and Blueberry Fig Jam Labels that you can download and print for your own jam jars. Just click on the picture for the link. These are freebies, I hope you like them. They really dress up a jar of jam when you want to give it as a gift.
While I was perusing the internet looking for figgy ideas, I saw a few different pizza suggestions. I decided that when I finished making the Fig Jam, I would use the little bit of excess that wouldn't fill an entire jar to make my own version of Fig Jam Pizza!
For the crust of this pizza, I used the recipe that I shared on this post. You can use whatever crust that you love. Then, I used some really good cheeses and meats to make a scrumptious pizza! A little different that your normal pepperoni, but I love it! Of course, you can add other cheeses and toppings to your own taste. I saw some with kale or arugula. The sky is the limit!
Just like the jam recipes in our new eBook, this is a pizza with a twist! It was gobbled up quickly at our house! Let me know if you give it a try!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!