Fig and Port Preserves
Source: Food Network Magazine
- 1 pound fresh figs, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- seeds from 1 vanilla bean
- pinch of salt
- pinch of black pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Ruby Port
Place a small plate in the freezer before doing starting. (I'll explain why in a minute)
In a large pot combine chopped figs, sugar, vanilla bean, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar has melted.
Reduce to a simmer and allow to simmer, stirring every so often, for about 20 - 30 minutes OR until a drop of the preserves sets up on a chilled plate.
Remove the preserves from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and port.
Ladle into clean jars and process using the hot water method for 15 minutes.