Figs are now in season. When I buy figs to eat or for a recipe, I generally purchase much more than I can eat. That is especially true when I buy figs from a store like Costco. When that happens I find other ways to preserve them. This time, I purposefully purchased a larger quantity of figs to make this fresh fig jam.
I love this fresh fig jam recipe. This fig jam is an especially nice treat to have on hand. As always, this is a really simple recipe that doesn’t require a great deal of time.
Fresh Fig Jam Recipe
- 2 pound fresh ripe figs, washed, stemmed and cut in half
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
In a medium Le Creuset type saucepan, mix figs, sugar and lemon juice together and cook on a low heat, uncovered for about 30 minutes. Then remove the jam from the heat and carefully spoon it into clean, sterilized jars. Once cooled, label and freeze for later use.
Notes: If you like your fig jam a little sweeter, add a bit more sugar. If you want a little more tartness, you can add a bit more lemon. However, be careful not to add too much of either. You may need to mash the fruit a little, depending on the skins of the figs. I use small, heavy sided jars that can be found at Cost Plus/World Market.
I always make this jam in small batches and put it in small freezer safe jars. This makes for a great presentation. It is a wonderful addition to a cheese and wine course or breakfast with a good bread, homemade biscuits or scones. This jam never stays around very long. It is that popular. I usually hide some to insure I have it around for the holidays.
When you find some great figs, purchase a larger amount of this decadent fruit and make this easy and delicious jam recipe.
Time to eat…