Fig, Orange & Pistachio Conserve

According to chef Ernest Miller, a conserve is a jam-like condiment made from two or more fruits, including dried fruit or nuts. He especially likes their complex flavor and texture. In this conserve, he uses an iconic California trio: figs, oranges and pistachios.

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  • Servings: makes three 1/2-pint jars

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  • Three 1/2-pint canning jars with lids and rings
  • 1 1/4 pounds Black Mission figs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup raw shelled pistachios

How to make this recipe

  1. Fill a large pot with water, cover and bring to a boil. Add the canning jars, lids and rings along with a set of tongs and a ladle and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes to sterilize. Cover the pot and turn off the heat.

  2. Set a metal rack in another large pot. Fill the pot with water, cover and bring to a boil.

  3. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the figs with the sugar, orange zest and juice, lemon juice, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 3 cups, about 10 minutes. Stir in the pistachios.

  4. Using the sterilized tongs, remove the jars from the hot water and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Ladle the conserve into the jars, leaving 1/2 inch at the top. Using the tongs, place the lids on the jars followed by the rings. Screw on the lids securely but not too tightly.

  5. Using canning tongs, lower the jars into the boiling water of the pot with the rack at the bottom, making sure they are covered by at least 1 inch of water. Boil over high heat for 15 minutes. Using the canning tongs, transfer the jars to a rack to cool until the lids seal (they will look concave); refrigerate any jars that do not seal. Store the sealed jars in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

Serve With

Grilled bread with fresh ricotta.

Photo © Young & Hungry Published August 2012

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Author Name: dj16

Review Body: Not sure what went wrong as I just made 1/3 of the recipe but the stuff is HARD!? A bit of an expensive waste:(

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Date Published: 2016-11-15