Home-made cranberry fig jam – the ultimate healthy jam from fresh fruits
Tell me, who has made jam before? Only until recently can I proudly say I have. I had (mistakenly) thought of jam-making an hours’-long process and never actually a fan of this uber-sweet substance, I had thought I never would. But I was wrong on a few counts…
✔ Homemade jam is NOT as daunting as one would imagine. In fact, it could be done in 30-min square, from start to finish.
✔ You can make jam from any fruits you like and on the cheap while in season. Super delicious and healthy, minus all that unnecessary sugar, gelling agents, and conservatives from stored bought varieties.
✔ Most importantly, if you’re a die-hard pancake and waffle fan like me, you’d need to keep at least a good jar in your fridge. Bad-ass breakfast calls for bad-ass jam.
- 10 fresh ripe fig approx. 350gr
- 300 gr fresh cranberries OR 400gr frozen thawed
- 2 pieces of orange peel
- Juice of 1 ½-2 orange about 165-170ml
- 75 ml nectar agave OR 50gr coconut sugar *
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anis
- 40 gr ~ 2 heaping tbsp chia seed (this is our natural binding/gelling agent)
- 1 pinch of salt ~ ¼ tsp
- OPTIONAL As fresh cranberry is on the tangy (sour) side, depending on your taste for sweetness, add more sugar/sweetener to your liking
Wash fruits in cold water
Cut off the tips of the fig, chop into small pieces
Put all ingredients in a sauce pan, mix well
Cook on medium heat until boil
Simmer with closed lid for about 30 mins, smash with wooden spoon and stir occasionally
Add more orange juice or sweetness to the texture and taste of liking
Store in clean jars (I’d recommend to boil them in water then dry)
Keep refrigerated for up to a month or if frozen, up to 3 months
• Serve on pancakes, waffles, bread or added to salad dressing (think roasted pumpkin, squash and such like)
(*) I’ve seen lots of recipes calling for honey. But I’ve learned by my bee-expert friends that above 40C, honey will lose all of its health benefits value becomes as good as sugar. Therefore, in baking, I’d always use maple syrup, agave if liquid sweetener is really necessary!