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Venturing into Jam

In preparation for camping this weekend, I've decided to whip up some homemade Fig and Lime Jam!  I've never made jam before, but all the figs that I've been seeing at the farmer's market inspired me.  The June 2010 issue of Cooking Light had a really easy looking recipe that I wanted to try, and I'm happy to was super easy!  I think the hardest part was finding the right variety of figs.
I made this recipe with not-too-sweet Brown Turkey figs; if using sweeter Black Mission figs, you may need to decrease the sugar. The mashed fig mixture can stand as long as overnight.

image from Cooking Light

Yield: 4 cups

You'll need:

  • 2  cups  sugar
  • 1/4  cup  fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 2  pounds  fresh Brown Turkey figs, cut into (1/4-inch) pieces (about 6 cups)


1. Combine all ingredients in a large heavy saucepan; mash fig mixture with a potato masher until combined. Let stand 2 hours. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer 35 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken slightly, stirring occasionally. Cool completely. Cover and chill overnight. I tried out the jam with toast and a hard boiled egg for a tasty, sunny breakfast!

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