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Homemade Fig Preserves

This simple homemade fig preserves recipe contains only five ingredients. But the flavor is undeniably delicious. Whip up a batch today!
Course Jams, Jellies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 56kcal


  • 6 cups stemmed and chopped figs I used Celeste figs
  • 3 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons lemon zest optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg optional


  • In a large pot, combine the figs and sugar. Let them sit for about 2 hours.
  • Add the lemon juice and stir to combine.
  • Heat the pot over medium high heat until it comes to a boil.
  • Cook down until the figs become very soft and the syrup begins to thicken, about 10-20 minutes.
  • Add the lemon zest and nutmeg, if desired.
  • Preserves will continue to thicken for 24-48 hours.


Cooled fig preserves need to be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consumed within a month.
You can also can the preserves using the water bath canning method. Fill clean jars, leaving ¼-inch of headspace and process for 10 minutes.


Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 6.4mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 9.7g