Easiest Fig Jam Recipe Ever!

by Tokyo Terrace on September 12, 2009

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*There is an updated version of this recipe here.

‘Tis the season for figs…

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And I am so excited. Living in Minnesota for most of my life has not presented me with the opportunity to use fresh figs very often. I’m sure they can be found somewhere in the state, but for some reason I never paid much attention.

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Figs are a different story in Japan. With the strong focus on strictly seasonal produce, there is no doubt when it is fig season. They are found in all the produce markets and are gorgeous. Plump, beautifully colored, and absolutely irresistible. Because I love the flavor of fresh figs (and crave them year round) I thought it would be the perfect fruit to make into jam.

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After reading some different recipes for jam without gelatin, I was able to come up with the following recipe. It does not use too much sugar to preserve the fig flavor, but there is enough to help create jammin’ texture (sorry- my puns are getting out of control lately!)

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Tokyo Terrace’s Fig Jam Recipe

Makes about 2 cups of jam

2 pounds fresh figs, stemmed and cut into small pieces

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup white wine

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 cup water

In a large bowl, combine the figs, sugar and lemon juice. Let the figs sit for about half an hour.

After the figs have been sitting in the sugar and lemon juice, pour them into a large pan over medium heat. Add the wine and the water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to avoid burning until the sugar is completely dissolved. Continue to simmer until the jam is thick, about 15 minutes.

While the jam is still hot, transfer to jars (it will keep longer this way) but do not fill all the way to the top. Seal the jars, let the jam cool, and you’ve got jam for at least 2 months!


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  • divinape

    Oh no, figs again. These past two weeks, I’ve been seeing figs on almost every blog.Well, not almost but for me, it’s a lot already. I haven’t had figs is such a long, long, long time. For now, I’ll just look at the photo and dream about it. You’re right they’re absolutely irresistible. :)

  • divinape

    Oh no, figs again. These past two weeks, I’ve been seeing figs on almost every blog.Well, not almost but for me, it’s a lot already. I haven’t had figs is such a long, long, long time. For now, I’ll just look at the photo and dream about it. You’re right they’re absolutely irresistible. :)

  • Jan

    There is a little of your mother in this one. Glad to see you’re making my favorite, jam. I’ve never made fig jam, but love making raspberry and strawberry jam.
    Flora Lazar has an article on huffingtonpost.com featuring four big myths about making jam. Some good-to-know information.

  • Jan

    There is a little of your mother in this one. Glad to see you’re making my favorite, jam. I’ve never made fig jam, but love making raspberry and strawberry jam.
    Flora Lazar has an article on huffingtonpost.com featuring four big myths about making jam. Some good-to-know information.

  • http://thescootabaker.blogspot.com/ The Scootabaker

    Oooh more figs!
    It is fig season after all.
    I wanna try something with passion fruit next!
    How about you make a passion fruit martini of some sort? Well you were on the right track with the rosemary mint martini. Do you come up with those recipes yourself? I love your flavor combinations! You’re awesome!

    luv,
    heather

  • http://thescootabaker.blogspot.com The Scootabaker

    Oooh more figs!
    It is fig season after all.
    I wanna try something with passion fruit next!
    How about you make a passion fruit martini of some sort? Well you were on the right track with the rosemary mint martini. Do you come up with those recipes yourself? I love your flavor combinations! You’re awesome!

    luv,
    heather

  • REBECCAWESOME

    I made it! It is delicious! I only had a pound of figs (they were on sale at the Whole Foods in Saint Paul), used some of the buckwheat honey you left behind while you were at home instead of sugar, and used red wine because, well, it’s what we had.
    But it turned out just fine. Mom liked it. She said it would be good with blue cheese. I agreed.
    Thanks for giving me something to do with my figs, sister!

  • REBECCAWESOME

    I made it! It is delicious! I only had a pound of figs (they were on sale at the Whole Foods in Saint Paul), used some of the buckwheat honey you left behind while you were at home instead of sugar, and used red wine because, well, it’s what we had.
    But it turned out just fine. Mom liked it. She said it would be good with blue cheese. I agreed.
    Thanks for giving me something to do with my figs, sister!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    Wow, it’s like you read my mind! Jammin’ fig jam! I’ll have to try this, as soon as I can get my mitts on some fresh figs. The ones you got look amazing — and huge! They are such beautiful fruits and make for wonderful photography. Your pics came out gorgeous, as always!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    Wow, it’s like you read my mind! Jammin’ fig jam! I’ll have to try this, as soon as I can get my mitts on some fresh figs. The ones you got look amazing — and huge! They are such beautiful fruits and make for wonderful photography. Your pics came out gorgeous, as always!

  • http://pixieate.blogspot.com/ pixen

    That’s delicious! I love figs and thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • http://pixieate.blogspot.com pixen

    That’s delicious! I love figs and thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • queen

    what can I use instead of wine or can I just omit it?

  • queen

    what can I use instead of wine or can I just omit it?

  • tokyoterrace

    Queen: You can use water instead of the wine. Thanks for the question!

  • tokyoterrace

    Queen: You can use water instead of the wine. Thanks for the question!

  • tokyoterrace

    Pixen: I hope you give it a try! It is as delicious as it looks…trust me!

  • tokyoterrace

    Pixen: I hope you give it a try! It is as delicious as it looks…trust me!

  • tokyoterrace

    Wasabi Prime: We are SO on the same page! The figs here are ginormous! It is a little crazy how large they are, actually. They work really well for jam because they are really juicy. Delicious!

  • tokyoterrace

    Wasabi Prime: We are SO on the same page! The figs here are ginormous! It is a little crazy how large they are, actually. They work really well for jam because they are really juicy. Delicious!

  • tokyoterrace

    Rebecca: I’m so glad that you tried this with honey! I debated whether or not to use honey in the recipe rather than sugar, but realized I didn’t have enough. I can imagine the buckwheat honey was perfect with its rich, not to sweet flavor. Yay!

  • tokyoterrace

    Rebecca: I’m so glad that you tried this with honey! I debated whether or not to use honey in the recipe rather than sugar, but realized I didn’t have enough. I can imagine the buckwheat honey was perfect with its rich, not to sweet flavor. Yay!

  • tokyoterrace

    Scootabaker: A passion fruit martini sounds SO good right now! I will definitely have to give that a try. I do come up with the recipes for the cocktails myself- it is so fun to think up different concoctions, especially when they are used to celebrate the weekend! Thanks so much for the comment! I’m very flattered that you are keeping track of my posts!

  • tokyoterrace

    Scootabaker: A passion fruit martini sounds SO good right now! I will definitely have to give that a try. I do come up with the recipes for the cocktails myself- it is so fun to think up different concoctions, especially when they are used to celebrate the weekend! Thanks so much for the comment! I’m very flattered that you are keeping track of my posts!

  • tokyoterrace

    Jan: I went to type your name and accidentally put “Jam” instead of “Jan”…haha. Anyway, you definitely passed on jam-making to me! I love the way it smells, although the fig jam doesn’t even come close to your strawberry jam. Mmmmm…could you ship a case of that to Japan please? :)

  • tokyoterrace

    Divinape: Yes, figs again! And just to prepare you, there will be more figs in tomorrows post… :)

  • tokyoterrace

    Jan: I went to type your name and accidentally put “Jam” instead of “Jan”…haha. Anyway, you definitely passed on jam-making to me! I love the way it smells, although the fig jam doesn’t even come close to your strawberry jam. Mmmmm…could you ship a case of that to Japan please? :)

  • tokyoterrace

    Divinape: Yes, figs again! And just to prepare you, there will be more figs in tomorrows post… :)

  • http://whiteonricecouple.com/ white on rice couple

    Figs are delicious and having them in a jam like you just made makes summer endless! It’s gorgeous, beautiful and your addition of white wine is just splendid! Go for the wine, not the water folks! :D

  • http://whiteonricecouple.com white on rice couple

    Figs are delicious and having them in a jam like you just made makes summer endless! It’s gorgeous, beautiful and your addition of white wine is just splendid! Go for the wine, not the water folks! :D

  • http://thesophisticatedgourmet.blogspot.com/ Kamran Siddiqi

    Oh, how I desperately need to try this! I can tell you who’s going to be busy this weekend baking and making some yummalicious fig jam.

  • http://thesophisticatedgourmet.blogspot.com Kamran Siddiqi

    Oh, how I desperately need to try this! I can tell you who’s going to be busy this weekend baking and making some yummalicious fig jam.

  • tokyoterrace

    Kamran: I hope you do try it! I’d love to know what you think…

  • tokyoterrace

    Kamran: I hope you do try it! I’d love to know what you think…

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  • ron

    looking forward to trying this recipe this weekend. The sugar amount makes it nice i do not want to use 2 cups of sugar.

  • Suzie

    Great recipe, yummy….thank you so much.  I have a huge tree in the back yard where we live in Texas and we have had a bumper crop this year, so I will be canning for quite a long time.  Mine came out just like the picture..:)

  • Hello123

    i have a fig tree and every year i say im going to make jam … this is seriously the EASIEST recipe i made it and YUMMMM thanks for the recipe !!!!! im going to go pick more tomorrow and make as gifts !!!!

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    Thank you!
     

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