- 1/4 cup whiskey (or sub bourbon)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons quality vanilla extract
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1 1/2 lbs. fresh green figs, chopped
- Wash your canning jars (the sizes don’t matter, but you will need enough to hold 2 1/2 cups of jam) and place them on a baking sheet. Put the jars in the oven and turn your oven on to 250 degrees. Bring a small pot of water to a boil and place the lids in the pot. Remove the pot from the heat but keep the lids in the pot.
- Bring the whiskey, sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat. Add the figs and reduce the heat to medium-low. Let the figs simmer for 20 minutes, stirring a few times. Mash the figs gently with a potato masher, making sure to leave many delicious chunks.
- Remove the jars from the oven and carefully pour in the jam, making sure to leave a 1/2 inch of room at the top. Drain the water from the pot the lids are in and place the lids on the filled jars. Gently screw on the rings. Set your jam on the counter to cool and seal.
- After 24 hours, check the seal by unscrewing the rings and (very!) gently pulling on the lid. If it is stuck, your jam has been canned and it is safe to store in your pantry. If you are at home when your jam is setting, you’ll hear a little pop each time one of your jars seals. If a jar doesn’t seal you can either try canning it again (wash and sterilize the jars and bring the jam to a boil) or pop it in your fridge and eat it within 2 weeks.