3 hrs 10 mins
Rare Affaire's Note:
This is incredible on Caprese salads, but it can be used any time you want a rich, sweet balsamic with lots of fruitiness. It could be considered a "vinegar" but is thicker and sticks to food more like a syrup. It also uses commercial balsamic, NOT artisan balsamic, but you'll never miss it. This is better than any store-bought fig balsamic you can get, and you get so much more for your money!
My Private Note
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- 1Trim and dice the figs.
- 2In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan on medium-low heat, mix the liquid pectin and sugar, stirring until no dry sugar remains. Stirring frequently, bring the mixture to a simmer.
- 3Add the figs and simmer 3 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.
- 4While your fig preserves are cooking, in a well ventilated area, put the balsamic vinegar in a heavy, non-reactive pot over low heat. (Personally, we used a heavy stainless electric skillet on our screened back porch.) Bring to a low simmer and cook uncovered until reduced by half. This can take a couple of hours because you don't want to rush it and scorch your balsamic. Please note: the fumes from this process may drive you from your kitchen if you choose to do this indoors, so be aware!
- 5If the figs are done before the vinegar, hold over lowest heat and continue to stir occasionally.
- 6When the balsamic is reduced, add three-quarters of the fig preserves to the balsamic and stir until dissolved.
- 7Taste and adjust to your personal taste using the remaining quarter of fig preserves.
- 8Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
- 9Strain through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove the seeds and any chunky figgy bits.
- 10Store in an airtight bottle. (One of the bottles the balsamic came in would be wonderful). This may keep for as much as six months depending on storage conditions and cleanliness of your bottling process.
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Nutritional Facts for Fig Balsamic Vinegar/Syrup
Serving Size: 1 (2976 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 3701.6
- Calories from Fat 9
- Total Fat 1.0 g
- Saturated Fat 0.2 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 502.0 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 833.2 g
- Dietary Fiber 11.6 g
- Sugars 776.0 g
- Protein 13.0 g