Fig Preserves

My grandmother had a fig tree in her back yard when I was growing up. It was huge and yielded so much fruit. Too much to eat fresh, so my grandmother was making fig preserves all summer long. When I was little she would make strawberry and fig jam for my brother and me. We thought it was the best thing we had ever eaten. I can still taste it on a slice of toast with butter. So delicious. And it was the best thing we had ever eaten until one day we realized that she made the strawberry fig jam for us, so that we wouldn’t eat all of the fig preserves that she made!

Unfortunately, I don’t have fig tree in my back yard, but I do have her recipe, so when I found these a the farmers market earlier this week I knew exactly what I was going to do with them! The recipe is super simple; just figs, sugar and water. You really don’t need much more than that because figs are naturally so delicious.

Today I’m making the basic recipe, but if want to spice it up a bit try adding one or a combination of the following for a twist on the traditional.

Lemon (juice or slices)
Ginger
Lavender
Thyme
Strawberries

I’m just storing my preserves in jars in the fridge because they aren’t going to last that long! Let’s be honest there’s a good chance we will eat all of these over the weekend! If you have lots of figs and want to store them for longer try canning them and you can enjoy these all winter long.

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Fig Preserves
A basic recipe for fig preserves is simple and delicious. This is a small batch and makes about 2 cups, but it's easy to adjust to make more or less depending on how many figs you have.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1-2 hours
Servings
2 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 cups fresh figs
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1-2 hours
Servings
2 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 cups fresh figs
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Gently wash the figs and remove the stems. My grandmother actually left the stems on, but this always drove me crazy, so I prefer to cut them off.
  2. Place figs in a large pot with water and sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook for 1-2 hours until figs are soft and syrup thickens. Mine were ready in about an hour, but if you have more, they'll probably take longer to cook down.
  4. Spoon figs into jars and top with syrup.
Recipe Notes

This basic recipe is easily adjusted to the amount of figs you have. Just measure how many cups of whole figs you have. The amount of sugar to add is equivalent to 1/3 the amount of figs and then add water to equal 1/2 the amount of sugar.

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