Place the figs from Step 2 into an enamel pot. Add the sugar and mix. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then turn on the heat.
While Step 3 is heating, remove any scum from the surface, and mash the figs with the back of a ladle as the liquid boils down. Add the lemon juice and continue heating until thickened.
Store in a sterilized jar.
Story Behind this Recipe
My family is separated into those who eat figs plain and those who like them as a jam, but only a few of us like them plain so they go bad fairly quickly. This is why I made them into a jam that can be stored.
The amount of sugar will depend on the sweetness of the figs, so adjust as needed. Ripe figs are pretty sweet, so please add more lemon juice. In Step 4, be careful not to let it boil down too much.