Simple and Delicious
- 8 cups small (firm but ripe figs)
- 2 cups unrefined sugar
- 1– inch knob of fresh ginger (peeled and diced)
- 1 small lemon (thinly sliced)
- juice of 1 additional lemon
- 1 cup of water
- In a wide, heavy-bottomed, nonreactive pot, layer the figs with the lemon slices, sugar, sliced ginger, and lemon juice.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
- The next day, add the cup of water and cover the pot with a lid .
- Bring the fig mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Turn the figs down to low and slow cook covered for 1 hour. (watch carefully)
- After the figs have cooked covered for 1 hour, vent the lid and cook for another 1/2 hour with the lid vented. ( or until the figs are translucent and the syrup has thickened.)
- Transfer the fig mixture(with the lemon and ginger) to sterilized jars and refrigerate
- or process for 5 minutes in a water-bath canner to store on the shelf.
This makes 4 to 6 pint jars. Leave the lemon and ginger in the mixture when you load up your jars. They will add flavor as time goes and have a wonderful ‘candied’ flavor.