Last weekend, my 88 year-old grandpa and I picked seven pounds of figs from the tree in their backyard in East Texas. I decided to turn this beautiful fruit into jam and chutney.
I used 3 pounds of figs to make the Chunky Fig Jam recipe on pages 44-45 from the Food in Jars cookbook. First,combine the sliced figs and sugar in a pot and bring it to a simmer. After about 20 minutes, the figs will be broken down and the liquid will look syrupy.
Then add the liquid pectin and the lemon juice and boil for 5 more minutes before filling the jars and processing in a water bath canner for 10 minutes.
For the chutney, I used 2.5 pounds of figs to make Nigel Slater’s Dark and Sticky Fig Chutney from The Kitchn website. I didn’t warm the sugar first as the recipe suggests and I recommend crushing the coriander seeds before adding. First, coarsely chop the figs and place in a stainless steel saucepan. Add both of the vinegars, onions, raisins, salt, allspice, cracked peppercorns, and cracked coriander seeds, then bring to a boil. Simmer for thirty minutes until the onions and fruit are soft. Stir in the sugar. Bring slowly to a boil, then turn the heat down so that the chutney bubbles gently. Cook for ten to fifteen minutes, with the occasional stir to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan, until the mixture is thick and jam-like. The recipe didn’t have canning instructions, so I followed the National Center for Home Food Preservation guidelines for processing other kinds of chutney and left 1/2 inch headspace and processed in a water bath canner for 15 minutes. The recipe yields about 3.5 pints of chutney.
Both recipes turned out beautifully and it will be a pleasure to have these preserved figs on hand during the coming year.