Delicious and figgy, filled with all the flavors of your favorite Christmas Cookie! This fig jam recipe has hints of cinnamon, vanilla
Fresh Fig Jam Recipe
A few years back Dan and I wanted to take a spur of the moment fall vacation, but we wanted to do affordable. I kid you not, I went to the grocery store and grabbed:
2 footsub sandwich (that I sliced into 8 servings and wrapped individually)
- bag of everything bagels and cream cheese
- water, wine and beer
When I packed the ice chest I tossed in a jar of fig jam from my buddy Michelle and off we went to explore the Eastern Sierras!
Breakfast was a bagel with a smear of cream cheese, topped with jam and it was heavenly! Lunches were tucked in our backpacks and off we'd go to explore.
It's still one of my fondest vacation memories and hence, one of my favorite jam flavors!
Now in my experience, either you're a fan of figs or you're not, I've never met anyone that falls in-between. I'm definitely on the I ❤️ fig team!
Fresh figs are heavenly! They give you a burst of honey-sweet fresh fruit flavor when you bite into them. When transformed into
We start seeing figs in late summer and early fall. And although you can pop whole figs right into the freezer (just wash them first), I love making them into jam to preserve the flavor all year long!
If you love fig newtons or mincemeat pie, let me tell you - this jam will WOW you! It has all the same flavors packed into an easy-to-make preserve!
All you need are fresh figs. They have a short shelf
Have I talked you into trying this yet? I hope so!
Let me answer all of your fig questions!
Figs fruit is grown on a tree, there are several different varieties of figs. Here in the San Joaquin
When you bring them home, wash them well and refrigerate. Plan on using or eating them within a few days.
If you're not going to eat/use them right away, rinse them well and pat dry. Place them on a small tray and pop them in the freezer. When they are completely frozen, put them in a ziplock bag and back in the freezer they go. Freeze for up to a month.
You can eat them right from the freezer, almost like a popsicle . They are delicious!
Is fig jam good for you?
Actually, figs are really good for you! Packed with fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamins B and K - as far as fruits go, they are a
How long does Fig Jam last?
Homemade jam will last 6 months to year. I say that roughly though, because those jars disappear quickly around here!
What goes with fig jam?
Like Pepper Jam - fig jam recipe is very versatile! It goes well with sweet and savory dishes.
- slather a bagel with cream cheese and top it with jam, perfect breakfast!
- crostini with a slice of blue cheese topped with fig jam and a drizzle of honey is glorious!
- every cheese platter benefits with a jar of jam!
- a wheel of brie topped with fig jam and baked - unbelievable!
How to make Fig Jam
It's really not hard to learn how to make fig jam. Let me get you started first with the ingredients.
Ingredients for Fig Jam Recipe
- fresh figs
- pure cane granulated sugar and brown sugar
- lemon juice
What is a rolling boil?
It's hard to describe what a "rolling boil" looks like, so instead I'll show you. Watch this quick video (only 14 seconds!) a rolling boil is one that you cannot stir down.
Steps to make jam recipe
- Clean and prepare the fruit, add to a heavy bottom pot.
- Add the lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg
andbutter to the pot.
- Measure ¼ cup of the sugar and mix it with the pectin. Sprinkle it into the fig mixture, mix well and set it on the burner.
- Turn stove on high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- When it comes to a hard boil add the remaining sugar.
- Return it to a hard boil and boil one minute, remove from the heat.
- Immediately stir in the vanilla. Stir until it is completely incorporated, about a minute.
- Ladle into clean, sterilized jars.
- Clean the tops of the jars, add the lid and screw top. Screw the lid on tightly.
- Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes to seal. Remove from the hot water bath and place
ona heat-proof surface.
- When you hear the jars pop and you'll know they are sealed
Sealed jars to into the pantry. If a jar doesn't seal you have a couple of options:
- Remove the jar from the jars. Reprocess the jam, ladling it back into clean sterilized jars and again place in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.
- Or simply refrigerate any jars that did not seal. They will last in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.
As long as I take a moment and clean the jars off with a wet paper towel prior to adding the lids I rarely have any jars not seal. Literally once in a blue moon.
If you take this step, I'm sure you'll have the same results!
Love the idea of making homemade jam and jelly, but have a few more questions? Check out my Jam Making Guide for all of my tips and tricks to make the BEST preserves at home!
More delicious jam and jelly recipes!
Homemade Jam is so much better than store-bought, there's really no comparison! I have several lovely jams on the blog like this recipe for Strawberry Fig Preserves (everyone's favorite) and Orange Jelly - this jam is like a burst of sunshine!
Here are more delicious jams to make soon!
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- 8 oz. canning jars with lids
- 4 oz. canning jars with lids
- canning essentials box
kit stainlesssteel ladle
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Fig Jam Recipe
Fig Jam Recipe
- 5 cups figs fresh figs
- 3`½ cups pure cane sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 sure-jell low sugar pectin - pink box
- ¼ cup lemon
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp butter optional
- Clean the figs, remove the stems - chop into ½ inch pieces. Add to a heavy bottom pot.
- Add the lemon, cinnamon, nugmeg and butter to the pot.
- Measure ¼ cup of the white sugar and mix it with the contents of the Sure-Jell. Sprinkle it into the fig mixture and set it on the burner.
- Turn on high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- When it comes to a hard boil (one that you cannot stir down) add the remaining sugar - the white and brown sugar.
- Return it to a hard boil and boil exactly one minute.
- Remove from the heat. With hot pan holders on immediately stir in the vanilla. It may bubble and spit a bit! Continue to stir until it is completely incorporated, about a minute.
- Ladle into clean, sterilized jars.
- Using a paper towel clean the top of the jar off completely. Add the lid and screw top. Screw the lid on tightly.
- Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes to seal.Remove from the hot water bath and place on a heat-proof surface. You'll hear the jars pop and you'll know they are sealed