Homemade Fig Preserves

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Homemade Fig Preserves

I have been wanting to make fig preserves for many years.  My obsession with making fig jam or homemade fig preserves started over 10 years ago when I bought a self-pollinating brown turkey fig tree. 

If you have ever planted a fruit tree you know it takes a few years for the fruit tree to mature enough to bare fruit. Well, let’s just say someone came a little too close to the base of my fig tree  a couple of times too many with a lawn mower or weed eater. The fig tree has been gone awhile now but I still have dreams of growing my own figs one day.

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Figs are only available in the grocery stores for a very short time here and they are usually very expensive. Last summer I got lucky and caught some brown turkey figs on sale and snatched a couple of containers up. Since it was an impulse buy I had no idea how many figs I would need so I bought a couple of containers and hoped I had enough. 

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I love the way this jam turned out. It tastes great on toast and on a bagel with cream cheese. I can also see using it as a filling for cakes or a strudel.

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 Enjoy the recipe Summer will be here before you know it and when it’s fig season you will be looking for the perfect fig preserve recipe!

Fig Preserves
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Recipe type: Preserves
Serves: 7 Pints
  • 6 cups trimmed, and roughly cut brown turkey figs
  • 7 cups sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon margarine or butter
  • 1 packet liquid pectin
  1. Wash, trim stems and slice figs into 4th.
  2. Add first six ingredients to a large pot and let sit about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile boil jars.
  4. Put flat lids in a small pot of water and boil then turn off the heat.
  5. On medium heat bring ingredients to a full rolling boil.
  6. Boil for about 10 minutes.
  7. Stir in packet of liquid pectin.
  8. Continue stirring until ingredients come to a full boil.
  9. Stop stirring and boil for exactly one minute.
  10. Remove pot from hot burner.
  11. Allow preserves to settle.
  12. Skim foam off top.
  13. Fill jars.
  14. Process 20 minutes in a hot water bath.


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  1. says

    We have a fig tree and I am always looking for another recipe to make with the fruit that it bares. Thanks for sharing this! If you are ever looking for another real food recipes linky, please join us at Tuesday Greens. I’d love to have you and hope that you have a great week!

  2. says

    Good Evening Arlene, I adore figs and when I lived on the Island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean I had two fig trees in my garden, so I had an abundance of figs in October and November. Now that I live in England I have to buy figs from the market, so I have printed your recipe for Fig Preserve so that I am ready and waiting for the season to arrive. Although I will have to wait until the end of the year, I am definitely going to be enjoying Fig Preserve.
    Thank you for your recipe I really can’t wait to try it.
    Best Wishes

  3. says

    Your Fig Preserves are just beautiful! I will sure be trying this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Chris says

    Wow! I love your idea of fig preserves. And I’m sure it tastes great on toast. and with some cream cheese? mamma mmmiaa!

  5. BeBe says

    My Brown Turkey fig tree had so many figs last year l had to freeze them and l put them up in small batches….but l have never used butter in them…now l have to try this!!

    • says

      BeBe I would love to have a fig tree! Years ago I planted one but we had couple of hurricanes that year and it didn’t make it. I always add a bit of butter or margarine when I am cooking my jams. It cuts way back on the foam.

  6. BeBe says

    Oh..and btw…my Brown Turkey figs get that dark too…..some years darker than others…l think it is related to the amount of rainfall :)


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