How to Make Fig Preserves with Fresh Figs

Fresh Fig Preserves
Fresh Fig Preserves | Source

Figs tend to ripen very quickly after harvest. If you have a really good harvest of figs every summer and all the fruits are ripening faster than you can eat them, you should cook them into chutneys, preserves or jam.

The outer skin of the figs is very thin. That makes them very perishable and the fresh fruits do not keep for more than two days without going soft and starting to rot. That is the reason why most figs in the market are often sold as dried figs.

Fresh figs can be dried under the sun if you get 40°C in summer, otherwise an oven can be used to dry the figs. The dried figs can then be stored in the freezer for up to a year. Check out the recipe below for making your own dried figs:

Dried figs are just as delicious and healthy to eat as they contain fiber and vitamins like calcium, potassium, magnesium and copper. There is also a significant amount of antioxidants in figs.

Figs fresh from the garden.
Figs fresh from the garden. | Source

How to make fig preserves

Here's a recipe for making fig preserves. You will need several sterilised glass jars for storing the figs.

With this recipe you will need two kilograms of ripe figs, two kilograms of either white sugar or raw sugar and ¼ cup of lemon juice. You can also add in an extra lemon cut into slices but that's optional.

Wash the figs, cut away the top part of each fig that has the stalk and discard them. Slice the figs and set them aside while you prepare the sugar and lemon juice mixture.

Beautiful sliced figs ready to be made into preserves!
Beautiful sliced figs ready to be made into preserves! | Source

Combine the sugar and lemon juice in a pot. Cook over low heat and stir to mix the sugar with the lemon juice.

Then add in the figs and lemon slices. Stir with a wooden spoon so that the sugar mixture coats around the fig slices.

The fig juice should start to appear as the figs soften, and the sugar will dissolve as the pot heats up. There is no need to add water, otherwise you will end up with too much liquid in the pot.

Stir the figs into the sugar and lemon juice.
Stir the figs into the sugar and lemon juice. | Source
The pot of juicy figs is starting to boil.
The pot of juicy figs is starting to boil. | Source

Gently bring the pot to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid and cook for 45 minutes on low heat. Once in a while, give the mixture a quick stir to check that the figs are not getting burnt at the bottom of the pot.

Pack the cooked figs into the sterilised jars and seal tightly.

Store the fig preserves in a dark, cool place or in the refrigerator.

Fig preserves stored in jars.
Fig preserves stored in jars. | Source
Make your own dried figs
Make your own dried figs | Source

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slmorgan 5 years ago from San Francisco

I just finished making strawberry preserves. I never thought about Fresh Fig preserves. Sounds scrumptous!I will try it. Thanks!


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lady rain 5 years ago from Australia Author

Fig are wonderful fruits and I love them. Thank you for reading. Cheers from lady rain


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

I've not seen this recipe for fig preserves before. Thanks for sharing! We may have a good crop of figs this year, if we can keep the squirrels away. Poor kitty does her best, but...


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lady rain 5 years ago from Australia Author

RTalloni, we use a bird-netting to cover our fig tree. We have problems with the birds and possums most of the time. Thank you for reading.

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