Select figs of uniform size and ripeness.
Allow the figs to stand in the soda bath from five to ten minutes, depending on the weight of the skin.
When the skins of the figs become slightly transparent, remove to a bath of cold water and rinse thoroughly.
Add fruit to syrup and bring to a gentle boil.
Remove trapped air bubbles by sliding a nonmetallic spatula around the inside of the jar walls.
If needed, add more liquid, leaving 1/2" headspace.
Wipe the jar rim with a clean, dampened paper towel to remove any food particles.
Place prepared lids on jars and secure with metal ringbands following manufacturer's recommendations.
When processing is complete, remove canner lid and use a jar lifter to remove jars and place them on a rack, dry towel, or newspaper.
Allow the jars to cool, undisturbed, away from drafts for 12 to 24 hours.
To check the seal, listen for the familiar "ping" and look for the slight depression in the lid's center.
Remove the ringbands, wipe jars with a damp cloth, and add labels.