Fresh Fig Refrigerator Jam

Our next door neighbors, The H’s, have a magnificent fig tree. This one, giant tree puts out so many figs that each year Mrs. H walks up and down the block handing them out to neighbors. During fig season, Rachel and The Boys like to sneak down the H’s driveway on their way out for walks in the stroller, which invariably leads to a freshly picked fig snack for the ride. Baby Boy got his first taste of fresh figs this week, and he definitely approved!

The H’s are kind enough to let us pick what we like from the fig tree, which Rachel and Toddler Boy are quite happy to do. Last week the two of them took out the kitchen step stool to reach the ripe figs on the highest branches; Rachel picking and Toddler Boy collecting the picked figs in his container. It was a particularly large bounty that day!

After the H’s sent us home with the ones we hadn’t already eaten, we had a lot of fruit! With so many figs, we needed something to do with them, so Rachel found this Fresh Fig Refrigerator Jam. This isn’t a jam recipe for preserving, as that takes more time and effort – this is just tasty jam to put in your fridge and use soon.


A couple of notes about this jam. First, we cut down on the sugar it called for, to what you see in the recipe below. We found the jam to be sweet enough as is, and might even cut out the sugar a little more next time. Our figs were very ripe off the tree and very sweet, so your personal sugar mileage may vary depending on your figs.  Second, we added lemon zest. We initially divided the jam into two containers to taste test with and without lemon zest. With lemon zest is by far superior, at least we thought so! Try it on Ritz crackers (as the H’s did), on toast, an English muffin, waffle, or on anything else you like to eat with jam!

Toddler Boy really liked the jam. Rachel scooped out a little bit for him to taste. He apparently cracked a huge smile and said “Good, Mommy!”. So you can consider that a glowing endorsement of this recipe too.

Fresh Fig Refrigerator Jam

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of chopped figs
  • 1 1/3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Trim off stems and chop figs into small pieces. Add them to a saucepan, sprinkle with sugar and stir in water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until mixture is reduced and thickened, about 1 hour, longer if needed. Stir in the lemon juice and zest and cook another minute. Let cool, place into a container and store sealed in the refrigerator.
http://thekeenancookbook.com/breakfast/fresh-fig-refrigerator-jam

Recipe adapted from: Deep South Dish

Important: These is an un-processed jam and it must be stored in the refrigerator. Without processing this jam is not a shelf-stable item. Preserving figs requires a longer and more involved process to make them shelf stable. Consult a canning resource for a recipe.

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