Get your Dose of Honey this Fall!
August and September are the months for figs. Fruits are ripening on the trees and appearing in stores. This is the perfect opportunity to start stocking up on fig jam for fall! For those of you who love fig jam but, can’t bear to think about all that sugar in it, this recipe is for you!
You’ll still get all the sweetness you crave and more, as this recipe replaces sugar with honey. We all know how healthy honey is for you, it helps control blood sugar, prevents coughs, and is a natural antibacterial. There’s nothing like a dose of warm honey and lemon as a natural remedy to soothe the throat when you have you a cough. That’s why this recipe contains lemon too – so you’ll get all the goodness you need this fall for you and your family.
Sugar-free & Honeylicious Fig Jam
2 lbs of figs
1 small lemon
1/2 cup honey or more (depending on your taste for sweetness)
1 generous splash of balsamic vinegar
Wash glass jars and lids separately in dishwasher to sterilize. Remove the stems off of the figs and cut them into quarters. Grate the outside of the lemon as finely as possible to remove the zest. Squeeze the juice from the lemon.
Place the figs, lemon zest, lemon juice and honey in a pot and bring it to a boil. Then simmer it for 25 minutes, until it begins to thicken. Taste it while it simmers, feel free to add more honey if desired.
Remove it from the heat and mash the figs with a potato masher. Wait 10 minutes for it to cool and add balsamic vinegar. The jam will continue to thicken while it cools. If you prefer a smoother consistency, blend your jam when it has cooled down.
When your dishwasher cycle is complete, remove the glass jars and lids immediately while they are still hot / warm. Fill your jars with the still warm jam and put the lids on. The heat from the jam should seal the jars. This way you can store your jam for longer and be able to enjoy it after your next massage. However, it’s best to store your jam in the fridge.
Once you have fallen in love with this healthy, honeylicious jam, try substituting the figs with another one of your favorite fruits for a different flavor!