sweet & tangy fig preserves

September 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

inspired by the success of my sweet & savory tomato jam i made from jennie’s recipe, i wanted to try something {along those lines of mixing unexpected flavors} with figs. they’re in season right now, but i swear as soon as i buy them they start to go bad. preserves to the rescue.

i borrowed the idea of using diced green apples to firm up the jam, and i think it also served to keep the jam from becoming too sweet. ginger was the only spice needed and my surprise ingredient is balsamic vinegar. it sounds daring but it comes together really nicely! {feel free to use less ginger if you don’t want quite as much spicy punch}.


1 pound figs
1 granny smith apple, diced finely
grated ginger: 2 inches of root
zest & juice of one lemon
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/4 cup sugar
pinch salt


halve the figs, dice the apple, and grate the ginger {hint: freeze ginger for easier grating} and place them in a heavy pot over low heat. add the zest, juice, vinegar, sugar & salt, and stir. increase the heat and stir often for 10 minutes. then cover, reduce the heat, and let the magic happen, stirring occasionally. in about 2 hours you’ll have delicious jam.

i like mine on crackers or even on pb&j’s. it would be phenomenal with cheese and it’s pretty good straight off the spoon.


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