If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ. come back and let us know how the store-bought figs turned out in this recipe! Thanks, BW, for starting me on the right track to fig preserves. I found a recipe last night for Fig Almond Bread! Turned out great and I imagine I will try and make more as they keep on making more. I hope they and you become blog followers! Now vanilla, that’s a new idea! Put aside until morning. The older I get the more I go back to my southern roots. Yes, I finally hit the fig lottery recently when my family visited upstate South Carolina and the Happy Berry Farm in Six Mile. Thread Tools. Your email address will not be published. https://www.thespruceeats.com/southern-fig-preserves-3056136 I call them little golden globes of love!!!!! BW, Hi Terry, Hi Zaro and welcome to the bayou! One question- is the “equal measure” of sugar by weight or by volume (so the same weight as a gallon of figs, or 16 cups)? Beyond that, there is not much food quality left. M y husband wants me to try adding bourbon next year. Required fields are marked *. But – have to share with you what I found this year that made me realized that I never had better… this is … heaven: https://www.laylita.com/recipes/dulce-de-higos-or-figs-in-syrup/. Yes, lemons were too expensive, so Mother never used them, either. I’d love to try something so different! I made fig preserves this way and also strawberry/fig preserves with Splenda delicious. I served it on pancakes with a dollop of whipped cream. Bonnie in NC. I hope you try it and like it! fresh, ripe figs (about 20), stemmed and coarsely chopped I hope your fig tree is okay. BW. You’re a keeper!!! Glad to see you’re still alive and kicking and making preserves, too! Thanks, BW, I always enjoy both your posts and all the lovely contributions that people post in reply. Hello BW. Would it work to boil this recipe for a short time and refrigerate to eat now? And thanks for taking the time to let me know the recipe worked well for you! Readers: Have any of you used dried figs for this preserve recipe? So, good luck with that and please let us know how it goes. But hey, I think we can spare some for the birds. 2 c. sifted flour (About 2kg sugar to 2.5litres watetr) Added 3 tablespoons lemon juice and let them boil about 2 hours. Stir 1-2 times per hour. 5 from 2 votes. Honestly this sweet nectar smelt so good the neighbors were stopping over to find out if we were making candy as we simmered it on our outside stove on the back porch. Continuity really is a good thing. Wash, trim stems and quarter 8 cups medium –ripe figs, and pour into slow cooker. 3 onions chopped roughly Thanks so much for that info. I have read all the postings and I think I may try some of the variations like adding bourbon or some spices to the mixture next time. The preserves turned out great. Happy birthday! This might seem a dumb question, but why would you harvest unripe figs? What I did bring you is a savory recipe for figs – a fig relish. He has 650 trees and lets me have a deal on them! Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Turned out Great! Thank you! So, let’s get busy with some traditional fig preserves, shall we? Thanks!! 1 3/4 cups Greek yogurt (2% milkfat recommended. Thanks so much & take care! Her recipe is similar to yours, but she adds a dash of vanilla (her mother uses rum). got a question? Hey Bayou Woman, As a treat for my friend “Madge” I canned her a quart and then made up a batch of biscuit dough but with a tbl of sugar, then rolled them out pretty thin 1/4 ” or so and used my biggest biscuit cutter can ( about 3 1/2 in.diameter) cut out circles and plopped 1/2 juicy fig on it topped with another round of dough sealing edges by pressing w/fork tines & sprinkled w/ a little sugar. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. You can always thin it out a little with water while they’re cooking, but you sure can’t take the water out, with me? I realized several hours into the cooking down process that I miscalculated my water addition by a 1/3 or 1/4 of a cup (maybe a little less) more than I was supposed to when I put it all in he pot initially. Meanwhile, a granny bath is a boiling water bath, or a huge heavy pot of boiling water deep enough to cover the tops of the jars at least 1/2 inch. pulled out you might as well can everything you think of! Welcome to the bayou, Devon. We, too, have an old one, just outside of Houston, and we cut it way back just before last year’s not-so-cold season. I always look forward to his entertaining stories when I’m lucky enough to see him. Thanks a lot for sharing your story, Charlie. Hey lady! It is the dead of winter here and my fig tree is as naked as it can be right now! Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. I must have done something wrong as there was not even enough syrup to cover the figs. Dark, dark purple. My mother used to make these exact same preserves, and I always looked forward to canning day so I could eat some of the lemon slices (she always put in extra for me) directly out of the “fridge” jar. Either way, they taste so good. I didn’t have any lemons but did have lemon essential oil so we did a few drops in the batch along with a splash or so of raspberry wine from our local Casa De Fruita… holy yum! When I was young we (lived in Guam, on a Navy base) used to go to the beach w/ a bunch of people and catch a huge bunch of crabs boil them up in enormous pots and eat them. My neighbor gave me figs and never ate them so needed something I could make and not waste them. Baking & Spices. Thanks for the comment, Gayle! At 56, I haven’t canned since in my 20’s and thought I would give it a shot. Thanks for the recipe! And what sweet memories they brought! They turned out perfect and super delicious. Bring to a boil, simmer until the sugar is well-dissolved, then pour over vegetables. Here I am with my grandparents when I was in high school. I can so empathize with you about the loss of your mother. Then I found your recipe. Happy preserving! And would care to share with us what you did and the outcome? So, the next fig preserve recipe will be one for using your crockpots, and I can’t wait to post it next early summer! Thanks again! Wanda, Hi Wanda, please tell your daddy for me what a great compliment that is and how good it makes me feel to know that we are carrying on the home and cooking crafts of our ancestors. If extra ripe, don’t worry, just get stem. The sugar is the actual preserving agent. Hi Sadie, and welcome to the bayou. Welcome to the bayou and thanks for commenting! I have been givin some figs and will try your recipe. Again, it’s a guessing game on the water depending on the water content of your figs, and you just never know about that!!! Thanks this its the first recipes found for such a small amount… it works great.. once again thanks If I could kiss your mouth I would..lol. PS…I think we need to publish a Bayou Woman cookbook!!!! We both learned the same family recipe; however, my mother never washed hers in soda that i know of. Sift dry ingredients. I’m sorry I don’t have the recipe by weight. Have fun with it! I have many jars of strawberry fig freezer jam, and wanted to do plain old fashioned figs. Put it back in the stock pot, cooked another hour and put in jars. Splenda does not retain any of the same properties as sugar when it comes to thickening and setting them. This recipe is almost exactly like the one my step-mother made when I was a child. I don’t have any peppers growing this year, so I’ll have to do that part also. BW. I am no pro, but if you look at old cookbooks, they say canned fruits are edible for about two years. For years – since the early 70s – I’ve been making a pickled cabbage slaw. I hope it works well for you and comes close to your Aunt Frieda’s. PS I looked no farther, I lam making figs preserves for the first time and I want to know what do the lemons do and do you have to us them. She lived right up the road form you in Woodville, Mississippi. Thanks again & keep up the good work!! I am using brown turkey for this batch and the next batch is celeste. Sue, you are so awesome to come back and post and share your success with us! This is great news for all of us who are otherwise busy, don’t have the patience, or just can’t stand at the stove that length of time. And the answer is no, I don’t. Had to use your recipe again. You don’t have make huge batches to start with, and small batches are much more manageable for beginners. Great Debbie! My grandmother, like Charlie’s was a purist (figs, sugar, NO water). That is WONDERFUL!!! This one sounds like what my mother used to make and I am anxious to try it. 1/2 Lemon, thin. It was amazing and I can’t wait to make some more. I do have her Ball or Kerr canning book from the 50s and one I found at a garage sale from the 40s. Doesn’t really matter what kind of figs you have. I, too, wanted to know why the baking soda wash and finally found an inquiry in all those replies. Where is that fig newton recipe? I would like to try your recipe. This is the first year that I have enough figs to preserve and I don’t want to mess things up by venturing too far afield. Found you while looking for a fig preserve recipe. Learned a lot from your site, too, about wetland conservation. I have read every one of these great comments, and your recipe as well. Thanks so much for your help. Mmmmmm, dewberry jam. Now I am picking up Black Walnuts and pecans for more of your goodies. So glad you tried the recipe, and I hope y’all love the results. Too bad the foodbank won’t take homemade stuff…, I can think of much worse things than being up to my eyeballs in figs, Beth! 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper You can google fig and pork recipes, but I don’t use a recipe and just add the ingredients to my liking. Try to select figs of equal ripeness. While my preserves taste great, my lemons do not seem to hold up well as far as looking like the pics of yours after being canned. Hey everyone. I’ve never made fig preserves before and I was wondering if you can cook the figs in a slow cooker to lessen the likelihood of burning? My father loved them “whole”! Water? I have put in an order with a guy who works with my husband for some small peaches. BW, Well, friends, I managed to put up 12 little jars of “mock strawberry” using the figs I fought the birds and squirrels for, and the tree is now finished for the summer, so I was fortunate to get this much done! I’ll write back to let you know how this ROOKIE did…Thanks David, Sounds great, David! Have you been by to see Shoreacres? 1.5 kg is actually a bit more than 3 lbs, maybe 3 lbs 4 oz). Anyway thanks for posting the recipes…happy canning!!! Consistency: a bit tough, but would try again with another kind of fig if I can find it. 4C whole figs Hi Traci and welcome to the bayou. We like our figs to resemble figs, so we don’t mash these, ok? I’m making fig jam and fig relish. Thanks! i put a slice in each jar. 2009: This recipe has become the most-often viewed post on this whole blog, with over 8000 views. Hundreds of folks have tried this one and written back to say they LOVE it. I’m a little puzzled both by your yield and your question. Did you find anything since your last post? A granny bath is a boiling water bath in a big pot, deep enough to cover the jars of jam by at least 1/2 inch. I found your site couple years ago and love it. No, Paul, I don’t but I think somewhere in these comments someone might have said something about Splenda. Having people so impressed with something you did with your own hands and poured so much love and memory into. I will try it when more ripen right now I am getting small amounts off my little tree up here in Baltimore MD. Combine sugar and water and cook until sugar dissolves. Printer Friendly (just recipe) Icon. Get it as soon as Fri, Nov 27. The lemon has never affected the firmness that I am aware of. 1/4 cup honey Good luck! 2 teaspoon mustard seed You pose a good question. If the jars and lids are also not BOILING HOT, the seal will not be air tight. I guess I would be overwhelmed at the point that this much preserve was ready to put in hot, sterile jars, be sealed, and then boiled again! Well said, Cammy. Do one jar at a time until all the preserves are used. Also, where are you located? BW, I just used your recipe, and replaced half of the water with bourbon (!!!) Thanks for your contribution! Also, does raw honey work in the place of sugar? But if you try it PLEASE let us know how you liked it, ok? If anyone else has a tried and true pear preserve recipe, please share it here with Jeanne! Freezing the cake is a wonderful idea to be prepared for the holiday season. Thanks for sharing. Please enable JavaScript on your browser to best view this site. And won’t they pop when they seal? But that’s another blog post. Do you peel the figs before you cook them? Hi John and welcome to the bayou. Having run out of sugar, I’ve added about 1/4 cup of honey…. Thank you again! Then did the granny bath. That’s a great idea about the lemon slices. I hope this helps, Loretta! I’ll let you know. Welcome back! I Loved your reply BW. I would encourage you to go ahead and try it. I love reading this stories of carrying on family traditions that bring back so many wonderful family and childhood memories! I have made these preserves countless times. I make sure to find fresh figs every summer, and this past Sunday … BW, Please tell me if you cover the pot while cooking? The tree still only produces half of what it used to before half of it died in 2012. The figs are the fattest, sweetest figs I have ever tasted. What a great find! I miss them a lot. Mom makes spiced peaches but, she never writes quantities down! Gently mash figs and transfer to soup pot. What the heck are the ingredients? Will cook longer next time. My mother use to roll out can biscuit on floured wax paper, place figs preserves on half. Fig preserves, such as jam or jelly, made from the fleshy and plump fruit, complement more than just toast or biscuits. BW. Music to my canning ears!!! I was born and raised here in Ozark. This is the third year that I’ve made this recipe. I loved your story, so sweet with pics of those beautiful grandparents! Sherry, It’s wonderful hearing from you, Sherry! (If you cook right away keep your heat low to begin with.) . Could you do pears with the same receipe? You can if you’d like and I don’t think it would hurt anything except evaporation of steam . Taste is OK Even if you have a deep stockpot for soup making, you can use it!! Same brown turkey figs, ripe but firm. Have you ever made kumquat preserves with the whole kumquat? Thanks!! I would like some feedback so I can keep or get rid of and know what to do better for next time. Congratulations on getting through it and thanks for sharing. I am from Southwestern Louisiana Cajun Country. 1 cup water = 450 ml. My stove is ornery and I never know if “low” really means “low”. Yes, I finally hit the fig lottery recently when my family visited upstate South Carolina and the Happy Berry Farm in Six Mile. It’s all about water content of the figs AND how thickly you pack them into the jars! Go see this post. I need to take a page from your book and can some chicken broth, because I have a huge pot of it in my refrigerator right now! Hi Myra, I love hearing from readers that have an Ozark connection. Do they need to “sit” like pickles? Used this recipe a few weeks ago and made truly great figs. Since there are 2 cups in a pint, that would come out to 8 cups preserves. So, maybe you are doing it just right!!! 0.25C lemon juice. Oh well, folks can just use what they have and hope for the best!!! I grew up in Ozark. In a small saucepan, combine cream (or half and half), honey, cardamom, and 1/4 tsp salt. There is a woman out your way who has formed a non profit for awareness called For the Bayou and has a website with same name. Stir in preserves and pecans. I did have one question. Also, did you sugar the peaches when you froze them? Assuming… Yep That’s what makes candied figs! It was loved by the few that got to get a jar. Brings back many nice memories. Love this site! Is “cook on low” barely bubbling or not bubbling, thanks for recipe and your patient replies. Yummy!I I am a cake baker/decorator and I also bake an upside down fig cake that freezes well. Add a cinnamon stick and whole cloves and they are they are outrageously delicious and make great gifts too. (’til desired thickness. Good luck! They were pretty good if you like eating whole dried fruits. As you probably know, chutney was originally an Indian condiment, brought back to England during the Victorian era, and obviously goes perfectly with any curry, but is also great with any kind of cold meat or cheese. 2. Martha. I’ve been making fig preserves since I was a tadpole, with my mom and dad and grandparents. I just happened onto your site when I came on the internet to find a recipe for making fig preserves. If you like this recipe for Old Fashioned Southern Style Fig Preserves, use the image below to pin on Pinterest. Oh my goodness, MaryBeth, what a lovely story—the hand-me-down fig tree! The lemon juice in the recipe balances the sweetness of the figs and the zests add in the extra citrus flavor to the jam. ), Oh, now, this sounds like something we all need to try! (Water added here.) I am now a grandmother, so you know its been a while. Knowing you, you may come up with some completely novel use for chutney that will be delish :-))). I think it is the same one. Thanks for the recipe. 500g mixed raisins and sultanas (about 18 oz. Wash. Cut stems a wee bit around, do not expose inside of figs. then i figured it out and made awesome preserves,,,by taking the lid off! Noel, have you done that before? Welcome to the bayou, Michele! A sour fig is not a good thing!!! Enough water to cover. My figs (like my blueberries) are ripening earlier than years past and I couldn’t be more happy b/c I have surgery scheduled right after the 4th and I was worried that it was right smack in the middle of fig season- priorities, right? “Hunt, Fish, Talk” Some recipes say to cook everything except the figs until you get to the syrupy stage and then add the figs for 10-15 minutes of cooking, but I just throw it all in and it works fine. Thanks again! What did I do wrong? Happy preserving! 2. – like Mom and Grandma canned things? I’m happy to see you’re going to give fig preserves another try! As for lemon, the extension agent said that figs have no acid, and the lemon adds the acid it needs to prevent botulism. I mean, golly, they DO continue to cook in those jars, right? I make a fig sauce to go with pork chops and it is an absolutely delectible combination!! Wow! Good luck with those old fashioned fig preserves. I once had a woman scorn the green beans I jarred by asking, “Why in the world would you go to all that trouble when you can buy a can for 44 cents?” I just looked at her, but the real answer comes in the form of a question: “Why would I waste a basket of green beans given to me by a friend who tilled the earth, planted the seeds, tended the vines, and picked the beans? Originally he’s from Marksville but I was born in northern California. This sounds so much like it, I am so excited and can’t wait to make them. And I started some fig tree cuttings from my big tree this year…of course they won’t bear figs for a couple of years but I’m thinking I would like to have a fig orchard!!! Looks like there are lots of variables in the recipe and that’s okay. I make it the same way you would make an upside down pineapple cake, Butter and brown sugar melted in the baking pan, place figs that are cut in half – cut side down in the pan and then sprinkle walnuts over the figs and lastly the cake batter of your choice. Hi Jo Ann and welcome! Fresh figs have lots of pectin, which is why we don’t need Sure Gel. I don’t remember the honey, but they sound good. If you wanted to use it as a grilling glaze, you could either not reduce it so much, or add a little water to what you wanted to use. I’ve really enjoyed your website and am excited about making fig jam. It seems like we never ran out until time to make more. My fig preserves come out either too thin or so thick that they “candy”. 2012:Well, it’s that time of year again. So this weekend I made a batch using 20 cups of figs! Don’t boil. I have no doubt they will be “candied” when I am finished. Hope this helps! Remove from heat and whisk in gelatin mixture until completely dissolved. My grandma would get them from friends or where ever. It seems that when they thaw they get rather mushy and watery, so I hope the sugar helped curb some of that. BTW, Good luck this weekend. The next day I put them in the slow cooker on high & went about my day. Delicious!!! I have one question, though…what do you mean with “process in granny hot-water bath for 10-15 minutes.” I’m making preserves to give to my girlfriends at Christmas (along with my grape & rum jelly), so they need to last longer than a month in the fridge. Figs are late this year but I am gathering them now. It was very nice that Debbie took the time to show us all how she makes fig jam and your sarcasm is really unfair. So glad you like the recipe that much! Sweet figs & sweet memories definitely:) Love this post, I was searching for some ways to make fig preserves.My neighbor has some and has welcomed me to come and pick all I want.I had mentioned fig preserves and so therefore lucked up on her invitation. We used the freshest ingredients and sweetest figs to make this tasty treat. Good luck! Mis Corinne was a wonderful teacher. Also, when we were young our Grandmother would make us spiced peaches. Press crumbs in bottom and up side of a 9″ pie plate. BW. Pardon me a sec, while I wipe up. I tried the blackberry fusion recipe and I like them. Top with fig preserves to serve. I still hold that canning and preserving really does carry on a heritage through the generations. Required fields are marked *. . In the beginning, I just adjusted the recipe. If so, please share with us! Enjoy! My mom passed away last year, so this is my first year of canning without her. I hope the recipe works well for you, and IF you make a batch of Newtons, please come back and let us know how it went. I’ve only had them once, at a yacht club in Tampa, FL. I haven’t tried that yet, but the possibilities are endless! BW. Sugar is measure for measure but I like it rounded for figs. Thanks so much for sharing this cherished family recipe. Thanks again for the great recipe.. It said “2 lemon sliced” and it should have said 2 lemon slices. Larry, what great information. The few I picked this am came right off the tree easily, but a couple look greener than the ones in the pictures. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. As I mentioned to another reader, I am not familiar with green fig preserves. But mom removed the top layer of figs and used the rest to make fig cake that I can still taste today. I wish you the best with your fig preserve venture, and I hope it goes well for you and brings you fond memories of your father! I might even have enough to make fig newton too. After filling with boiling preserves, quickly wipe any drips from top edge of jar and rim. Honestly, if possible transfered them to grow up here that “ candies ” while made! The selection below are optional!!!!!!!!!!!!!. 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