Strawberry Fig Jam

We have become serious jam hoarders in the past couple of years.

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I would say it’s becoming a problem, but really, when we’re stocked on homemade jam and don’t really want to share with anyone – is that actually a problem? I don’t think so.

And we do share. With family. But that’s it. And honestly, it’s hard to see those jars disappearing around the holidays when we’re giving them away as gifts. But we know that our family loves jam as much as we do, so it’s worth it to share.

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I just love walking downstairs and seeing our basement shelves filled with the jeweled toned jars or opening the fridge and being able to pick what jam I want on my biscuits or toast. Knowing you made something yourself automatically makes it taste better, too, right? You put in the time and the effort and the end result is always seems sweeter.

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I’m no expert when it comes to canning – I just started a few years ago – but jam is definitely one of my favorite things to make. It’s one of the easiest things to can, so it’s the best way to get your feet wet.

If you can chop fruit, let it simmer, ladle it into jars, and then let the jars cook for 12-15 minutes, you’ve got it! You’re closer to homemade jam than you think.

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Strawberry Fig Jam

A spin on classic strawberry jam, this mix has a little extra oomph from the light flavor of the figs. If you don't have fresh figs and can get frozen, they work great! Let them thaw before pureeing them, then cook the same.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups figs, pureed
  • 3 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1.5 cups agave syrup
  • 3 Tbsp low sugar pectin

Directions:

  1. Cut the stems off the figs (either fresh or thawed if frozen) and add them to your blender. Puree the figs on low speed until it's mostly smooth and broken down. If there are still a few larger pieces of fig, that's fine.
  2. Place the strawberries, figs, agave, and pectin in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Cook on medium, stirring, keeping the heat up enough so the fruit mixture stays at a low, rolling boil.
  4. While the fruit mixture is heating, place jar lids in a small pan of water and simmer. Get your jars and lids ready for canning and have a large pot of water heating on the stove top.
  5. Once the berries have mostly broken down and the mixture is thickened slightly, remove from the heat.
  6. Fill each jar and leave 1/2 inch headspace, place a lid on the jar and secure the ring.
  7. Process in a water-bath canner for 12 minutes.
  8. Remove from canner and let the jars sit, unmoved, for a few hours until they have cooled and the lids have popped.

12 Responses to “Strawberry Fig Jam”

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    Tieghan — August 13, 2013 at 3:28 am

    I cannot find figs anywhere! Oh man, so jealous!! This looks awesome!

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    Evan Thomas — August 13, 2013 at 3:47 am

    I haven’t made the jump to making jams with pectin yet and I don’t know why; simple recipes like this sound too delicious to be missing out.

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    Sues — August 13, 2013 at 3:58 am

    I love the idea of jam hoarders and kind of think you need to star on an A&E episode :) I also love the idea of a strawberry and fig combination!

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    Kathryn — August 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Love the idea of the strawberry/fig combo.

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — August 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I need to get my hands on fresh figs!!

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    natalie@thesweetslife — August 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I don’t blame you for not wanting to share :)

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    So love this combo! Dying to try it now!

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    martha@ simple nourished living — August 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Brandi,

    Your strawberry fig jam looks and sounds delicious. I still remember the thrill I got the first time I made jam decades ago. And loved the joyful feeling I got when I saw all those jars on my shelves!

    Saw you listed as one of the experts in Weight Watchers magazine’s “Lunch Rut” article. Which ideas were yours? They were all so creative and tasty, I’ve clipped it to refer to the next time I’m stuck in a rut. Have spent some time on your blog this morning and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. I too practice yoga and have loved the advice from Victoria Moran in Fit from Within!

    Look forward to checking in again.

    Warmly,

    Martha

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    Shannon — August 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    this sounds amazing. i totally think we should jam swap :)

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — August 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve never had a fig before! I know I know. Looks really good tho!

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    Heather @ French Press — August 19, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Im not a big fig fan,but this jam makes me want to try them agaiin

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 24, 2013 at 12:45 am

    I love fig :) I bet this jam taste so amazing!

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