Fig Preserves Recipe
- 16 cups fresh figs
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 12 cups boiling water
- 8 cups white sugar
- 4 cups water
- 1 lemon, sliced
step 1: In a large mixing bowl place figs and sprinkle with baking soda. Pour the boiling water over the figs and soak for 1 hour.
step 2: Drain figs and rinse thoroughly with cold water. In a large Dutch oven combine the sugar and the 4 cups of water; bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
step 3: Add the figs and lemon slices to the syrup in the Dutch oven and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
step 4: Spoon figs into hot, sterilized jars and spoon syrup over figs, leaving 1/2 inch of head space. Top jars with lids and screw bands on tightly. Process for 10 minutes in a hot water bath.