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Fresh Fig Preserves Recipe


Fresh fig preserves are flavored with lemon juice, cinnamon, and ginger root. You may omit the cinnamon and ginger, if you wish, but they do give the figs a nice spark of flavor.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


  • 2 (1-inch thick) slices peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 4-1/2 pounds sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 pounds firm ripe figs, washed and peeled
  • 2 lemons, sliced and seeded


Tie ginger and cinnamon stick in a cheesecloth bag. Set aside.

Place sugar and lemon juice in a large non-reactive stockpot. Heat, adding just enough water to dissolve the sugar. Add spice bag, figs, and lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer at a low boil about 45 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking.

Remove and discard spice bag. Spoon hot fig preserves into hot, sterilized canning jars. Wipe rims clean and seal immediately with hot, sterilized lids. Process in boiling water bath for 5 minutes for half-pints or 10 minutes for pints.

Yield: 8 to 10 half-pints

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