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Fig Jam with Less Sugar

Fig Jam is oh so southern and such a treat!  This fig jam recipe actually uses less sugar than you’ll typically find, so that is good for every body.
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fig jam with less sugar, lower sugar fig jam, lower sugar fig jam recipe
Servings: 42 servings
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Chloe Tuttle


  • 2 1/4 pounds ripe figs* 4 cups prepared figs
  • 5 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 pouch liquid pectin 1 ½ ounces use Certo NOT Ball)


  • Sterilize the jars - you can do this in a dishwasher. Place jar lids in a metal bowl or pot and pour boiling water over them. Set aside.
  • Start heating the water in the canner.
  • Wash and drain the figs, handling very carefully. Remove the stem end from each fig and cut them in half. Mash the figs- I use a potato masher. You will need 4 cups of mashed figs.
  • Measure 6 cups of sugar into a large mixing bowl. Wash the lemons and grate the peel from two of the lemons. You need about 2 Tablespoons of zest.
  • Squeeze the lemons to get a ¼ cup juice. Remove any lemon seeds.
  • Check the expiration date on the pectin, making sure that it is not out of date.
  • Place figs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and butter in a large stainless steel cooking pot. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  • Bring this mixture to a rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, stirring often.
  • Add the liquid pectin and return to a boil that cannot be stirred down. Boil for exactly 1 minute, stirring often. I count, "one-one thousand, two-one thousand" until I reach sixty. Then remove from heat.
  • Ladle the jam into sterilized jars, wipe the tops to remove any jam. Place sterilized lids on the jars. Screw on the jar bands and hand tighten.
  • Process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes. Remove from the canner and place in a draft-free space. Do not move for 24 hours. Some of the jars will have sealed but others will continue to pop. I love that sound! If you see that a jar is not sealed, store this one in the refrigerator and eat it first.
  • After you eat the preserves, be sure to save the jars and rings, they can be reused. The flat lids can only be used once to seal a jar.


Yield: 6-7 half-pint jars plus some for tasting.
* You will have to buy the figs at a farmer's market, grow them or if you are lucky a friend will share. I have never seen figs that were affordable in the grocery store. The last ones I saw in a Florida grocery store were $5 for just a few figs. Plant a tree!


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.1mg