A homemade vanilla fig preserve that is infused with real vanilla bean can be used for several delicious purposes. Serve it on bread, lemon fig cake or even with cheese, or drizzle it over oatmeal for breakfast.
Figs are available at farmer's markets and grocery stores from late summer until early fall, so take advantage of this time of year if you can. Fresh figs are a perfect ingredient for this vanilla fig jam, which preserves them perfectly until they are gone.
Jams like this can also be used as a base for adding in other ingredients, such as bacon or caramelized onions to make them savory.
For an afternoon snack or appetizer, top fresh goat cheese or blue cheese with fig jam for a delicious Crostini.
🥘 FIG SEASON
Each year, figs are harvested twice, although both harvests are quite short. Two in the summer and one in the fall.
In Seattle, we tend to really only see them in the stores in the late summer/fall harvest and that’s typically when I buy as many as I’m eating them by the handful.
📋 WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE JAM AT HOME?
This recipe for fig jam requires the following ingredients. You probably already have some of this, some of it is canning-specific, and some of it is not.
Figs - you’ll want to wash, quarter and make sure the stems have been removed.
Lemon Juice - Adding lemon juice to jam is the first step when making an enormous batch. Fruit should be prepared by cutting and melting some sugar with some fruit. ... Besides lowering the pH of the jam mixture, the lemon juice also neutralizes those negative charges on the pectin strands so they can unite into a network, which will "set" your jam.
Honey - When you use mild/light honey, you may need to increase the amount. Darker honey has a stronger flavor and requires less honey. Be sure to taste as you’re adding the honey so that it doesn’t overpower the jam. Don’t make the mistake of not tasting as I went.
Pure Vanilla Bean Extract - A teaspoon of vanilla bean paste can be substituted for one vanilla pod. Vanilla paste can be used in cookies, cakes, ice cream, and frosting. It doesn't take much time to make vegan meringues and they are easy. You can make these on a regular basis because they include relatively cheap ingredients.
📖 HOW TO MAKE FIG JAM WITH VANILLA
It is very simple to make this recipe. The ingredients are added to the pot, and it is slowly reduced until it is thick and jammy.
Vanilla bean pods that are scraped clean (don't throw them away!) are one of the ingredients I keep on hand. There is still plenty of flavor left in them, and they are the perfect addition to jam.
When making homemade jam, one of the most important things to remember is to measure everything out and have it ready ahead of time.
Any utensils and equipment you need, as well as a kitchen towel.
👩🏻🍳 Printable Easy Homemade Vanilla Fig Jam
- 1 lb. figs, stems removed, washed, and quartered
- 2 T. fresh lemon juice
- ½ c. honey, preferably local
- 1 t. pure vanilla bean extract
1. In a large bowl, combine the prepped figs with the lemon juice and allow the figs sit at room temperature for about 45 minutes.
2. Transfer the figs, along with the juice, to a large pot set over medium heat. Add the honey and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the figs break down into a thick and slightly granular jam, around 50-55 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
4. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 866Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 229gFiber: 14gSugar: 214gProtein: 4g