Momma's Fresh Fig Preserves


Mmm mmm fig preserves! Spread on buttered biscuits or toast, even great with cream cheese on a bagel. From momma with love.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
15 hrs 35 mins
5 half pint-sized jars


  • 6 cups quartered fresh figs

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Bring figs, sugar, lemon juice, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat and cook at a low simmer, stirring every 20 minutes, until desired consistency, 3 to 4 hours.

  2. Inspect 5 or 6 half pint-sized jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water until fig preserves are ready. Wash new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.

  3. Pack fig preserves into hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a clean knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars to remove any air bubbles. Wipe rims with a moist paper towel to remove any residue. Top with lids and screw rings on tightly.

  4. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars 2 inches apart into the boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water to cover jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil, cover, and process for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove the jars from the stockpot and let rest, several inches apart, for 12 to 24 hours. Press the center of each lid with a finger to ensure the lid does not move up or down. Remove the rings for storage and store in a cool, dark area.

Cook's Note:

Recipe should fill 5 to 6 half pint canning jars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

77 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 77
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 59mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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