Yesterday Brenda and I got up early and worked out, then headed over to our friend Jack’s place. He has a huge (at least 15 feet tall) fig tree that was loaded down and ripe for pickin’.
We took a ladder and a five gallon bucket which we filled in no time. But alas, I have no idea what to do with this crop and I’m afraid they won’t last long in the fridge.
I would love to hear if anyone has a good recipe for fresh figs – anything but preserves. I got burned on that years ago when I tried to make fig preserves and cooked my sugar too long I guess. The stuff crystallized in the jars and I ruined an entire case of Ball jars. It couldn’t be chiseled out with an ice pick.
Our friend and work-out partner, Charlotte, gave us one good idea which she says was delightful. She toasted up some fat pieces of rustic bread she bought at Wal-Mart. She spread the toast with softened blue cheese and topped with grilled figs. I guess I’ll try that today.
Figgy pudding anyone?