Microwave Fig Jam
If you see figs at the farmers market, grab ‘em and make this quick and delicious jam.
1 1/2 c. figs sliced
1/2 c. peeled orange (or lemon or lime) diced, plus the chopped peel (outer only)
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/4 t. each ginger, cloves, and cinnamon
1/2 t. butter
Put ingredients in large glass bowl and let sit for 30 min. Cook in microwave on high 15-17 min., stirring every 2-3 min. after it comes to a boil. Toward end of time, check thickness by putting a spoonful of the jam on a small plate from the freezer and running your finger through it. If the jam ripples and leaves a path, it is firm enough. Put in jars and refrigerate. If the jam turns out too firm, call it a fig paste and serve with cheese and crackers.