Dried Figs Jam - Homemade, quick preservatives free, pectin free jam recipe with dried figs and jaggery! Figs jam is so easy to make within minutes with a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Figs are loaded with calcium and other essential nutrients. This dried figs jam is a great idea to include figs in the diet for toddlers and kids, especially for fussy eaters and ideal for babies above one year! You could consume few teaspoons of this dried figs jam with whole wheat bread or even roti. Check out other homemade jam recipes for toddlers and kids below.
Dried Figs Jam Recipe for Toddlers and Kids
- Dried Figs - 20 stems removed
- Powdered Jaggery - ½ cup
- Water - 1 Cup
- Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp Optional
- Lemon Juice - ½ tsp
- Chop the dried figs roughly into pieces after removing the stem. Transfer the chopped figs pieces into a pressure cooker or instant pot. Add powder jaggery.
- Add in water. Mix well.
- Pressure cook for one whistle in a pressure cooker or Cook at high pressure for 2 mins in the instant pot and let the pressure release naturally. Once pressure released, open the instant pot or pressure cooker.
- Mash the cooked dried figs with a masher. Alternatively, you can add them to a blender and blend everything until smooth. Add the water used for pressure cooking while grinding if necessary.
- Cook and stir it occasionally until it reaches a jam-like consistency. Keep the flame low to medium in a pressure cooker to avoid burning at the bottom. It may take 5-7 mins (use saute button in instant pot). Check the jam consistency in between by placing a spoonful of jam in a plate and cool it down after cooling down, if no water separated, then its the correct consistency for a jam. Once the jam consistency is reached, add vanilla extract (optional).
- Squeeze lemon juice and Switch off the flame or Press the Cancel button in the instant pot. Cool it down and store it in a sterilized glass container.
- Don't add more water while pressure cooking.
- Adding lemon juice to the jam increase shelf life. Don't skip it.
- Make sure your kid is not allergic to dried figs before you try this jam.
- The quantity of the sweetener depends on the sweetness of dried figs. Check and adjust accordingly.
- Use a clean jar to store the jam. If preparing the jam in large quantities, I would suggest sterilizing the glass jars.
- Check the jam consistency by place a spoonful of jam in a plate and cool it down after cooling down. If no water separated, then it is the correct consistency for a jam.
- You can use white sugar instead of brown sugar/powdered jaggery. But to make it healthy, I recommend jaggery.
- Keep it refrigerated and consume within a couple of weeks. But it keeps well for a month if handled correctly.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.