Getting Figgy With It – Slow Cooker Fig Preserves

Ann Dunaway Teh


Celeste Fig Tree

We are on the tail end of fig season, one of my favorite fruits. I usually eat them faster than I have time to actually do something with them. But a few years ago, my crop was so plentiful that I decided to make my own fig preserves. After all, I make my own apple butter each fall so why not try fig preserves! It seemed only fitting to share the recipe here at My Menu Pal. 

Slow Cooker Fig Preserves are good for Waffle Stick dipping

I’m the only person in my family that likes figs. Both of my kids  have tried them and although they love to pick them, and even ate them once, they are wary to try them again. Maybe, just maybe, in preserve form they would eat them. Personally, I love eating the fig preserves with waffles rather than syrup. It’s been hit or miss to be honest with the kids, but the fig preserves were a hit with my husband’s office who all got them for Christmas that year. And I enjoyed them while they lasted – time for another batch of Slow Cooker Fig Preserves! 

Slow Cooker Fig Preserves

Of course I had to use my slow cooker to make the preserves  because who wants to stir over a hot stove for hours to ensure they don’t burn! I used Celeste figs, though any variety will do. I also used less sugar than typically called for because Celeste are  such a sweet and juicy variety. The preserves are still plenty sweet and you  probably could use even less sugar.

Slow Cooker Fig Preserves



Slow Cooker Fig Preserves

Fig Preserves are easy to make in the slow cooker, but could always be done on the stove top if you prefer. I cut my figs in half since they are so large, but using them whole would be fine too. Cook until you get the right syrupy consistency for your tastes.
3.52 from 27 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Dips and Sauces, Slow Cooker
Servings 4 pints
Calories 35 kcal


  • 12 cups figs halved
  • 1/2 - 1 cup water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon


  • Combine all ingredients in a 6 quart slow cooker. Start with less water and add more if needed during the cooking process to keep from sticking and burning.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or until you reach the desired consistency. During the last half of cooking, partially remove the lid of slow cooker so that liquid can cook down and thicken.
  • Once desired consistency is reached, follow canning procedures to preserve: scoop preserves into sterilized, warm jars. Cover with lid and screw on ring until finger tight, leaving about 1/2" finger space at top. Boil in a "granny" bath for 10 minutes. Carefully remove from bath and allow to cool for at least 12 hours.


Makes 4 pint jars or 8 1/2 pint jars. One serving is a Tablespoon. 


Calories: 35kcalCarbohydrates: 9gSugar: 9g
Keyword fig preserves
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Slow Cooker Fig Preserves are the perfect way to use up an abundance of fresh figs and enjoy year round.


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