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Balsamic Figs

Fresh figs aren’t something I typically find in the grocery store around here in the Midwest. Luckily I have hookups on the West Coast that love to send me things like fresh figs, citrus, and other California delights. You may remember Megan of The Beef Jar when I featured her Pickled Blueberries recipe several weeks ago? She shares a love obsession of all things canning and preserving. I was green with envy over the photos of her fresh figs she’s been picking on the ranch. 

And bless her kind heart, she sent me a whole box of figs! I was in canning heaven! I made fig jam, I mean you can’t go wrong with jam! But I also decided to can some of the figs whole, almost like pickling them, with balsamic vinegar and honey for sweetness. I also threw in some fresh thyme from my garden. Just look at how gorgeous these are! 

Balsamic Figs-3

I can’t wait to try these on salads, alongside some delicious cheese and charcuterie, and of course just eating them out of the jar! I had some liquid left over, which I canned as well. It will be awesome as a reduction or in a salad dressing. Note that when you are using fresh figs, pick the ones that are slightly firm, not mushy to the touch. 

Balsamic Figs
whole figs in balsamic honey liquid
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
  1. 2 cups honey
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  4. 1 pound fresh figs
  5. Per jar
  6. 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  7. 1 spring thyme
  1. Place honey, water, and balsamic vinegar in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the figs, simmer 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In sterilized jars, add 1 sprig of thyme and the black peppercorns. Spoon the figs and liquid into each jar. Leave about 1/4 inch of headspace.
  3. If canning, remove any air bubbles with a knife and hot water bath process for 10 minutes. You can also let cool and store in refrigerator for use within a week or two without processing.
  1. Yields approximately 4 pints
Adapted from Global Table Adventure
Prairie Californian
Jenny Dewey Rohrich

Balsamic Figs - Prairie Californian

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