A fresh fig jam canning recipe, that’s infused with red wine and rosemary. The added touch of fruity red wine deepens the wonderful flavor of the fresh figs. Recipe includes step-by-step canning instructions, and comes together under an hour.
Like many other fruits, I wish fig season lasted longer. When I’m lucky enough to find them each fall here in the Midwest, I buy a few crates like I’ll never see them again. The problem is they’re highly perishable. So once I’ve had my fill eating them atop this honey almond cake, or these savory prosciutto wrapped figs (with blue cheese!), I make this fig jam canning recipe to preserve them into the winter.
Infused with rosemary and red wine, this homemade jam is an absolute treat. It’s sweet, fruity, and elevated – without being difficult to make.
And just like having a house wine, this is now our house jam.
Wine in jam? Yes! And don’t worry – it doesn’t taste boozy. The concentration of red fruit actually deepens the overall fruit flavor, while adding brightness from the acid.
I like to use a red blend, which is softer and less tannic than something like a Cabernet. Merlot works well too!
Whether it’s layered on sourdough toast (the truest of duos!), swirled into oatmeal, or part of an evening cheese board, this fresh fig jam is the perfect accompaniment.
It may seem intimidating, but canning is not difficult in terms of expertise or time. Once you try it once, I guarantee you’ll want to preserve all the fruits and vegetables!
What’s most important is having your canning tools ready before you start.
Jam can be thickened a number of ways, using some form of pectin. Pectin is a type of starch, called a heteropolysaccharide, that occurs naturally in the cell walls of fruits and vegetables and gives them structure. When combined with sugar and acid, it makes jams and jellies develop a semisolid texture when they cool.
For this recipe, I used Ball® Classic Pectin, which produces great results. It’s perfect for on-demand needs and any size recipe to preserve your fruits and vegetables.
Fig jam is incredibly versatile, with the ability to be used in both sweet and savory ways! I like to have a few jars in the pantry to use for quick appetizers, like these Blue Cheese and Fig Jam crostini.
Simply toast thinly sliced pieces of baguette, spread fig jam on the bottom, top with a mild blue cheese and a sprinkle of fresh rosemary. Such a quick and easy appetizer!
Other uses for fig jam: