sun-dried and dehydrator-dried figs

Fresh, ripe figs have a relatively short shelf life, and often become inedible after about five days. Drying fruit helps you keep it delicious longer and provides a host of other benefits. Dried figs are a rich source of potassium, fiber and calcium. Having them on hand allows you to extend the season and expand your recipe repertoire. Follow this guide on how to dry figs in the oven, in the sun and in the dehydrator!

how to make dried figs in the oven

Oven drying is an easy way to preserve your fresh figs. Follow these steps to prepare dried fruit:

1. Preheat the oven to the lowest temperature, ideally 60°C.

2. Wash the figs under cold water, drain them in a colander and dry them with paper towels. Then cut them in half, but without separating the two halves.

3. Place them on a baking sheet with the cut side up. Leave space for each fig so that they do not touch each other. Place the plate on the middle rack of the oven. Let the figs dry for almost a day and a half or 36 hours. During this time, turn the fruit from time to time so that it dries evenly.

4. Let the figs cool first and then store them.

Sun drying is a traditional and ancient method to enjoy the benefits of figs in winter. Follow these steps:

1. Rinse the figs under running cold water. Pat them dry with kitchen paper.

2. Cut your figs in half vertically, from the stem to the flower end.

3. Arrange sliced ​​fruit in a single layer, cut side up, on a cooling rack on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover the rack with two layers of cheesecloth or parchment paper.

4. Place your tray of fresh fig halves outside in a sunny spot and turn them regularly throughout the day. Bring the figs indoors when the sun goes down, then put them outside again when the morning dew clears. The drying time may vary depending on the climate. It takes two to seven days for the drying process to complete.

5. Save the dried figs.

how to dry fresh figs in the sun

Dehydrating figs is a useful preservation method, but it requires a food dehydrator. Follow the next steps to dehydrate fresh figs at home.

1. Rinse the figs under running cold water. Pat them dry with kitchen paper.

2. Prepare a pot of boiling water. Dip the whole figs into boiling water with a slotted spoon. Remove them after about thirty seconds. Place them in an ice bath to stop cooking. The ice bath will break down their skin and flesh and aid in the dehydration process.

3. Cut your figs in half vertically, from the stem to the flower end. Cut into quarters if you want smaller, chewier pieces.

4. Place the figs skin side down in a single layer on the dehydrator tray. Avoid tamping as this can promote moisture and interfere with the drying process.

5. Set your dehydrator to its fruit setting, which is around 60°C. Dehydrate for up to eight hours, checking their progress through the process. When the skin becomes tough, the fruit is ready.

6. Place your freshly dried figs on a wire rack. Once cooled, place them in an airtight container, such as a plastic bag or mason jar, to store. Remove excess air from the bag to prevent moisture from entering the dried figs.

how to dehydrate fresh figs dehydrator

Store dried figs in an airtight container (like a glass jar) at room temperature in a cool, dry place, like a pantry or closet, for up to six to twelve months. You can also store them in a thick, vacuum-sealed plastic bag to prevent moisture build-up. In warmer or more humid climates, store dried figs in the refrigerator or freezer for up to two years.

How to store figs for the winter

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