All Natural Homemade Fig Jam
While researching alternative fig jam recipes, I found substituting honey for the sugar to be an incredibly healthy alternative, an all-natural taste of pure sweetness! No need for refined sugar, honey simply and naturally replaces the sweetness and gives the jam a much smoother richer flavor. The lemon and zest add the finishing touch and are purely delightful. I am not a jam lover and completely enjoy the natural sweetness!
Makes 4 - 6oz. jars
2 pounds fresh figs, washed, stems removed and halved (if desired)
1½ cups honey
¼ cup water
¼ cup lemon juice, fresh
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1. Place the figs in a large saucepan, add honey and water. Let sit unheated for about 20 minutes.
2. Over medium-high heat bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for about 2 minutes, then bring it down to a simmer. Cook for about 45 minutes to an hour at a low simmer. Stir often, not to burn the honey.
3. The figs will start to break down as they simmer. They can be left in form or mashed according to preference.
4. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the jam to cool.
5. Spoon the jam into clean, sterile jars. Place the lids on and allow the jam to completely cool before placing in the refrigerator.