Dark and dangerous - these figs are very moreish! Use leftover balsamic to drizzle over salad or bruschetta
, Small sprigs
Gently wipe the figs with damp kitchen paper, if needed
Wash, rinse and put your jars into a warm oven to dry. If using clip top jars remove the rubber seal and place in a jug with boiling water. Leave to one side while you make the pickle.
Put the vinegar, sugar and the herbs into a pan and heat gently, stirring to dissolve the sugar
Turn off the heat and stand the whole figs in the vinegar, upright if possible. Leave to stand while you sort out your jars
Take the jars from the oven and re-attach seals if using
Carefully lift out the figs and put into the jars as close a fit as possible
141[Pour over the hot vinegar, leaving a small gap at the top, then seal the jars]
If using ordinary jam jars fit the lids on loosely
Put a J cloth, folded tea towel or folded newspaper into the bottom of a large pan
Put in the jars, cover with cold water and bring to the boil
142[Turn down the heat, simmer for 20 mins]
Carefully lift out the jars and seal the lids tightly. If using clip top jars just leave to one side until cold
Test that the jars are sealed properly by undoing the clip - the top should remain tightly in place. If not sealed either repeat the water bathing or use that jar first.
How long will it take to make?
2 - 3 jars
Look after it
keep in a cool dark cupboard for up to 12 months
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