Mrs. Little's Pickled Figs Recipe {A Family Favorite}

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These Pickled Figs are a wonderful addition to any relish tray or you can serve them as an appetizer with cheese. You will find that they are rich in flavor and will change all your thoughts about how unappealing figs can be.  

They have become one of the recipes we so look forward to making every year.  Jim's Mother has the fig tree, and as soon as the figs are ready to be picked,  we get 3 quarts to go into a big pot.  You cook them with vinegar, sugar and pickling spice for 10 minutes three consecutive days.

My children cannot wait for the third day when we put them in the canning jars.  I have to get them sealed up really fast because when they start eating them, they can't stop and now the grandchildren are following right in with them!

Pickled Figs 

3 qt. figs with stems
2 qt. boiling water
6 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 c. cider vinegar
1 1/2 oz. pkg. pickling spice

Place figs in large bowl; add 2 quarts boiling water. Let stand 5 minutes; drain figs. 

On first day make syrup combining sugar, 1 cup water and vinegar in enamel pot; bring to boil. Tie pickling spice in a cheesecloth bag; add to syrup along with figs.

Bring to boil and boil 10 minutes; remove from heat and cover. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours.

Second day bring to a boil, and boil 10 minutes. Cover and let stand 24 hours.

Third day boil 10 minutes; then pack into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/8 inch head space. Top with lids, and screw metal bands tight. Process in boiling-water bath 15 minutes. Yield 3-4 pints.

Note:  I try to stir them as little as possible as not to break up the fig.  When I place them in the jars, I lift them up out of the pot with tongs and gently place them in the jars.

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Kay Little
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  1. WOW - these look really, really good! I love figs and just about anything pickled, so these are heavenly!

  2. Great idea, bet it tastes fantastic. I found this through Turning the Clock Back's What's Cooking Wednesday. I have linked in bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Have a lovely week.

  3. Boiled figs for first 10 minutes. They're all wrinkly. Is that normal?

    1. Yes they will plump up after they sit 24 hrs.


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