Rating: 4.71 stars
41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

Everyone thinks these are strawberry preserves. No one has a clue they are made with figs! You can even use different flavors of gelatin like peach or raspberry. Since this recipe makes so little, you could skip the hot water bath and refrigerate the jars of preserves.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
30 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
40
Yield:
5 half pints
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Ingredients

40
Original recipe yields 40 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix figs and sugar together in a large saucepan, place over medium heat, and cook, stirring often, until sugar has dissolved. Mix in strawberry gelatin; bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 7 minutes. Mash preserves with a potato masher if desired.

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  • Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the fig preserves into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.

  • Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 minutes.

  • Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.

Nutrition Facts

78 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 20g; sodium 8.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (41)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2012
Excellent recipe. I used 12 cups of figs, quartered and 6 cups of white sugar. I have also used orange jello. I simmered for thirty minutes before adding the jello and then proceeded as per recipe. Delicious preserves Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2014
This recipe didn't work for me. Read More
(3)
41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2012
Excellent recipe. I used 12 cups of figs, quartered and 6 cups of white sugar. I have also used orange jello. I simmered for thirty minutes before adding the jello and then proceeded as per recipe. Delicious preserves Read More
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2013
This was so easy and so yummy!! I only had raspberry jello on hand and it turned out fantastic. This recipe made four small jars for me which was just right for our family. Next time I am going to try black cherry jello and I bet it will be just as tasty. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2013
This recipe is great! They taste just like the ones my grandmother made back in the 60's. My granddaughter who is a strawberry lover had never tasted figs and she loved them too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2012
This was an easy wonderful recipe. I used peach jello the first time and it was very tasty. I didn't bother with any boiling of the jars....I just put the preserves in "tupperware" and gave out to my family members and kept the rest in the fridge. My husband loved it! I made again with strawberry jello and we liked it just as much! I did use splenda instead of sugar...so I used a little less because of the extra sweetness of splenda. Thanks so much for sharing. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2013
Followed Paula's instructions to a T in the cooking process. And it didn't disappoint not one ounce! I didn't want to do a water bath after I tasted the hot batch and knew instantly it was going to be a hit with my kids. I can say I never would have thought to use flavored gelation in preserves and being this was only 3 ingredients in a flash to perfection! What made this totally ridiculously sinful was baking off some puff pastry cut into squares opening up the cavity slathering a dollop of Cool Whip's frosting (something I have never used before until this) warm preserves and topped with the 2nd half of the pastry square and eating like it is...OMGosh! talk about heaven. This unusual recipe for me was quite easy tasty and affordable! My whole family loved it! Thanks again. It will be something I do with other flavors of gelatin! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2018
I made this batch today. I doubled the recipe, and I added my own touch to it as well. It turned out amazing!! I used 8 cups of figs, but only 5 cups of sugar. Figs are naturally very sweet anyway, and I also added about 2 tlbs. of lemon juice just to give it a little tartness. I didn't measure my lemon juice though. I just added, and tasted!! I also used a 6 oz. box of strawberry Jello. Will be having some on homemade biscuits in a couple of day's!! #delicious Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2014
I just made this and my husband loves it. I am only giving the recipe 4 stars because it is too sweet. Does anyone know if I could reduce the amount of sugar by 1 cup? I love the fact that it is so easy to make! I never made homemade preserves before. Next time I will cut up the figs into small pieces and then mash them a bit with a fork before cooking rather than trying to mash them later when the mixture is so hot. -Debbie Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2013
I was given this recipe years ago but mine called for 3 of the small boxes of Jello and I boiled the mixture for 15 min. Also I like my preserves more like jam so I add 1.5oz (3 Tbsp) of liquid pectin with citric acid for a better jell. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2014
This recipe didn't work for me. Read More
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