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Pickled Figs

Yield about 8 pints

Ingredients

  • 2 (3-inch) sticks cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 5 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 quarts water
  • 4 quarts firm, ripe figs, peeled
  • 3 cups vinegar

How to Make It

  1. Combine cinnamon, allspice, and cloves; tie loosely in a cheesecloth bag. Set aside.

  2. Combine 3 cups sugar and water in a stainless steel stock pot; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Add figs; cook over low heat 30 minutes. Add remaining sugar, vinegar, and spice bag, mixing well. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until figs are clear.

  3. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 12 to 24 hours in a cool place. Remove spice bag; discard. Slowly reheat fig mixture over low heat until thoroughly heated.

  4. Pack figs into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/2-inch head space. Remove air bubbles. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw bands tight. Process figs in boiling- water bath 15 minutes.

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