We are lucky enough to have a fig tree. We planted this tree about 4 1/2 years ago. Ever since then it has give us a couple of figs here and there but this year it has been in abundance of figs. So many that I had the chance to make fig jam. Here is an easy way to preserve and make this jam. I hope you enjoy.
3 pounds fresh figs, washed,stems off and chop into pieces
1 1/2 to 2 cups granulated sugar
Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
In a large pot, place the figs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice and zest mix. Bring to a simmer on medium low heat, stirring consistently. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Afterwards lift cover and continue simmering, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens (just like jam). When the mixture gets quite thick, begin to stir constantly to keep from burning.
Let cool on counter top or in the window for about 15 to 30 minutes. Begin to prepare the mason jars and lids.
Fill the jars with the fig jam mixture, leaving a small head space. Place in the refrigerator or enjoy with some toast or cheese.