||Soak figs in water with the soda for ½ hour.
||Wash (hey, not with soap!) and dry.
||Make syrup with the water and sugar, bring to a boil.
||Put figs carefully in the hot syrup and boil gently for one hour.
||Let stand over night and boil again for another hour.
||Slip out with a fork and press flat on a tray.
||Place in the sun to dry (you may need to cover with a screen to keep hungry birds and bugs away!).
||Roll in powdered sugar, pack in jars, or freeze.