Prep 30 mins
Cook 5 mins
This tastes just like strawberry preserves. If you don't tell anyone, they won't know the difference. You can substiture peach jello and it will taste like peach preserves, also.
- Bring all ingredients to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.
- Stir constantly.
- Put in jars and heat seal.
- Turn upside down for 5 minutes and then sit upright or process with a 5 minute hot water bath to seal.
- Allow to cool before removing rings.
A friend of mine has a large fig plant so I decided to try this. It set up very nice, just like preserves, wasn't runny at all and we couldn't taste the figs. The little seeds made it look and feel like there were strawberries in it. My friends love it, as for me, well...It tasted more like thick strawberry Jello gelatin rather than real preserves, I asked one friend what it tasted like and he said Kool-Aid, I said close, then he guessed Jello. It is a good way to use up extra figs, I bet it is a big hit with kids.
My family has used this same recipe for about 30 years. I also use replace 1/2 the regular jellow w/ the sugar free...doesn't affect the taste, texture, or cooking time! I have made one batch w/all sugar free jello & it turned out fine. Gotta love it!
I agree with Stephie Biggs, this is excellent. I mashed my figs in the cooking pot with a potato masher. I added the full amount of sugar along with the strawberry gelatin. Mine set very nicely. They are a beautiful red and the flavor is great. You are right no one would ever guess they were made with figs. My yield was 4 8-ounce jars