1 gal. figs
2 tsp. soda
4 c. sugar (sugar can be adjusted to personal taste)
Wash figs carefully; place in shallow pan. Sprinkle soda over figs and cover with boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes, then drain. Rinse in cold water. Combine sugar and 1 quart hot water; bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes. Add figs slowly in order to keep syrup boiling. Cook until figs are transparent. Keep syrup boiling and put figs into sterilized jars. Cook syrup until thick, then pour over figs leaving 1/4 inch head space. Put lids on jars and tighten rings. Set aside until lids snap close. When cool, store away. OR The filled jars can be processed in a boiling bath for recommended time.
No guarantees but it works for me. Some people add lemon but I've never. I may try that next year.