Strawberry Fig Preserves


  •  2 cups ripe strawberries, washed, hulled, and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh figs, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)


1. In a large saucepan, combine the chopped strawberries, figs, and sugar. Stir well to coat the fruit with the sugar. Let the mixture sit for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the fruit to release some of its juices.

2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.

3. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest to the fruit mixture. These ingredients will enhance the flavor and help balance the sweetness.

4. Continue to cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the fruit becomes soft and the mixture thickens. This can take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the ripeness of the fruit and the desired consistency of the preserves.

5. As the mixture thickens, use a potato masher or the back of a spoon to break down any larger fruit pieces, if desired. This will help create a smoother texture.

6. If using vanilla extract, add it to the mixture during the last few minutes of cooking.

7. To check the consistency of the preserves, place a small amount on a chilled plate. If it thickens and doesn’t immediately run, it’s ready.

8. Once the desired consistency is reached, remove the saucepan from the heat.

9. Carefully transfer the hot preserves to sterilized jars. Leave about 1/4-inch of headspace at the top of each jar.

10. Wipe the jar rims clean, place sterilized lids on the jars, and screw on the bands until fingertip tight.

11. Process the jars in a boiling water bath for about 10-15 minutes to ensure proper sealing and preservation. Make sure the water level covers the jars by at least an inch.

12. Carefully remove the jars from the water bath and let them cool on a towel or wooden surface. You may hear a “ping” sound as the lids seal.

13. Once the jars are completely cool, check to make sure the lids have sealed properly. The lids should be concave and not move when pressed in the center.

14. Label the jars with the date and store them in a cool, dark place. Properly sealed jars can be stored for several months.

Enjoy your homemade Strawberry Fig Preserves on toast, pancakes, waffles, or as a topping for yogurt and ice cream!

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