Fig-Lemon Spiced Jam with Agave, Honey, or Sugar

Jars of Spiced Lemon-Fig Jam

Photo by Karen Killebrew

Fig-Lemon Spiced Jam with Agave, Honey, or Sugar is a low-sweetener cooked jam made with Pomona’s Pectin and contributed by Karen Killebrew. Pomona’s Pectin contains no sugar or preservatives and jells reliably with low amounts of any sweetener. See below for where to buy.

Karen says: “I just converted this favorite recipe over to Pomona’s. I won a Blue Ribbon at the Gold Country Fair in Auburn, CA for this jam a number of years ago, but my fig supply has been inconsistent for a few years. A friend’s tree is coming of age, and she just gave me over 6 pounds, so I revised the recipe for Pomona’s Pectin and made a double batch today. Hope your followers like it!”

Karen used 1 cup of agave as the sweetener in this recipe. We used 1 cup of coconut sugar.

Note: On September 29, 2016, we made some changes to the preparation of the lemons in this recipe. Please follow the correct new directions below.

Yield: 4 to 5 cups

Before You Begin:
Prepare calcium water. To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well. Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.

Fig-Lemon Spiced Jam Ingredients

2½ pounds figs, finely chopped and mashed
2 lemons
¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (either fresh or bottled)
4 teaspoons calcium water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cloves
½ cup up to 1 cup light agave syrup (See options below for honey or sugar.)
3 teaspoons Pomona’s pectin powder

Fig-Lemon Spiced Jam Directions

1. Wash jars, lids, and bands. Place jars in canner, fill canner 2/3 full with water, bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and keep jars in hot canner water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small sauce pan; cover and heat to a low boil. Turn off heat and keep lids in hot water until ready to use.

2. Wash, stem, chop, and mash figs. If figs are too firm for mashing, bring to boil in sauce pan with ½ cup of water and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and mash.

3. Measure 4 cups of mashed fig and set aside. Save any extra for another use.

4. Wash the 2 lemons. Using a vegetable peeler, remove thin pieces of the yellow exterior of the peel from both lemons. Avoid taking the inner white pith. Then chop the peel into small bits. Put the peel in a sauce pan with ½ cup of water, bring to a boil, turn heat down, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes until peel is soft. Check regularly and add more water if necessary. It’s okay if there is some water left with the peel after simmering.

5. Add 4 cups of mashed fig to the softened peel in the sauce pan.

6. Using a paring knife, remove all of the white pith from both of the lemons. Then slice the lemons thinly and remove seeds. Finely chop lemons taking care to keep all the lemon juice. Add chopped lemon pulp and juice to sauce pan with mashed fig and peel.

7. Add additional lemon juice, calcium water, cinnamon, and cloves to the sauce pan, and mix well.

8. Measure sweetener into a bowl. Thoroughly mix pectin powder into sweetener. Set aside.

9. Bring fruit mixture to a full boil. Add pectin-sweetener mixture, stirring vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes to dissolve the pectin while the jam comes back up to a boil. Once the jam returns to a full boil, remove it from the heat.

9. Fill hot jars to ¼” of top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 10 minutes (add 1 minute more for every 1,000 ft. above sea level). Remove from water. Let jars cool. Check seals; lids should be sucked down. Eat within 1 year. Lasts 3 weeks once opened.

Options: Honey can be substituted for the agave. 1 cup up to 2 cups of sugar can be substituted for the agave.

You may also like: Gingered Lemon-Fig Preserves, Fig-Rhubarb-Lemon Jam, or our basic Fig Jam.

For more inspiring recipe ideas, see Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin: The Revolutionary Low-Sugar, High-Flavor Method for Crafting and Canning Jams, Jellies, Conserves, and More by Allison Carroll Duffy and the Pomona’s Partners, published by Fair Winds Press, June 2013, and available in paper or ebook everywhere books are sold.

Pomona’s Pectin is available at your local natural food store, food co-op, and many farm stands. Find it also at Sur La Table and a growing number of more conventional grocery stores with natural food sections (Wegmans, Hy-Vee, Rosauers, Nugget Markets, Coborns, Fairway, and others). If you can’t find a store near you on our store locator, you can order from our website or many other online sellers.

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