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Easy Fig Jam

Easy homemade fig jam with just three ingredients and no added pectin.
Servings: 650 ml (2-3 jars)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Steeping time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 40 mins


  • 600 g figs
  • 600 g sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice - Riper fruit needs more lemon, firmer fruit needs less. 


  • Trim the stalks off the figs, then cut in half. Cut each half into 8 or so pieces.
  • Put half the figs into a bowl and cover with the sugar.
  • Cover and leave overnight. The sugar will draw the juice out of the figs making a syrup. There will be some sugar at the bottom of the bowl left not dissolved.
  • Transfer the fig and sugar mixture to a good sized saucepan (about 4 volume of the fig and sugar mixture), add the lemon juice.
  • Put on a low heat and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring all the time to dissolve the remaining sugar.
    Meanwhile sterilize clean jam jars and lids by placing them on a baking tray in the oven at 120°C/250°F/GM1.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved add the lemon juice, turn the heat up high and bring the jam up to a rolling boil until it reaches the setting point of 105°C.
  • Test for set by placing a teaspoonful of jam onto a chilled plate, or use one of the other methods for testing the set.
  • Once the jam has reached setting point, take the pan off the heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes and thicken to make sure the fruit is evenly distributed throughout the pot
  • Transfer the jam to the sterilized and warmed jars. I find the easiest way to do this is to pour from a Pyrex (or similar toughened) glass jug, using a jam funnel.
  • Put the lids on the jars and twist tight, when the jam is still hot.
  • Once the jam is cool, check the jars have sealed. When you press the centre of the lid it won't pop up.


Nutritional Information 
  • This recipe is 1 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion 
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 1mg