Fig, Ginger, Star Anise Preserves
Makes 2 3/4 cups preserves
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 pounds fresh ripe figs, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
3 star anise
1. In a medium-size pot, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
2. Reduce the heat level to medium and add the figs, lemon juice, ginger, and star anise. Continue to cook, stirring periodically, until the mixture reaches 210 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer.
3. Remove from the heat, remove the star anise, and pour into warm, sterilized jars. Cover and seal. Let the jars cool then store in the refrigerator.
* Variations: Replace some of the water with freshly squeezed orange juice. If you don’t like the flavor of star anise/licorice, replace the star anise with 2 cinnamon sticks.
** To have the preserves last longer, you will need to go through the actual canning process.