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Fig Jam Easy to Make

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A reader recently asked how to make jam with figs. The answer is easier than you might think.

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1 cup fresh figs
2/3 cup sugar
4 slices lemon

Mash figs thoroughly. Mix figs with sugar, let stand for 20 minutes to form a syrup. Slice lemon very thin, do not peel, just wash and slice across rind. Add lemon slices, let stand for 20 minutes longer to allow flavors to marry.

Bring to a boil, and boil until figs are as soft as you want them. Put into sterilized 1/2-pint jars, top with paraffin, and seal jars. If you plan on eating the jam within a couple of weeks, you don’t have to seal the jars.

Makes 2 jars.

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4 Responses to “Fig Jam Easy to Make”

  1. Beverly Boyd says:

    Gee, I wish I had more figs left. This would be great on baked brie wrapped in puffed pastry. I will have to try it.


  2. SugerPlum says:

    My dad has two (huge) fig trees- one with the dark purple figs and one with white figs- and I was always wondering what to do with them, aside eat them fresh off the tree. I can’t wait to try this recipe out!

  3. mari says:

    How long does the jam last?
    I really want to try this out!

    • John Griffin says:

      If you can it, by sealing the lids in boiling water for 10 minutes, it will last a long time, like any other canned item. If you just make the jam and refrigerate it in a glass jar, it should last for up to six months.