Figs

My new house has 3 huge fig trees in the front yard.  They are planted in an awful spot, obscuring our view from the big windows in the living room.   Some pruning is going to have to happen, stat.  In the meantime, though, they are producing prolifically.

Not being much a fig-eater myself, I turned to The Internet in Its infinite wisdom.  I came away with a couple excellent uses for all those figs in my front yard.

One was Spicy Fig Microwave Jam, which I highly recommend.  It’s super easy and freaking delicious on everything from Gruyere cheese to roast chicken.

The second idea I discovered was to dehydrate the figs for use in myriads of recipes like Fig Newtons , Stuffing, and…Figgy Pudding.  Not so sure about that last one.  If you make it, let me know how that turned out for ya.

That said, here’s what I did to prep and dry the figs:

Step 1.  Heft your ladder out to the front yard, climb up to the top and attempt to balance there with a large cardboard box.  Proceed to pick all the figs you can reach.

Step 2.  Haul your catch inside to the kitchen.  Wash the figs and line them up on a towel because fig-drying with Rachel is nothing if not orderly.

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Step 3.  Cut the little stems off with a paring knife.

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Step 4.  Slice the figs in half lengthwise.

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Step 5.  Arrange the sliced figs face-down on the dehydrator trays.

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Step 6. Dehydrate at ~155 degrees F for about 20 hours.  It may take more or less time, depending on the efficiancy of your dehydrator.  You’ll know they’re done when they are pliable and leathery, but don’t have any discernable pockets of moisture.  I left mine for too long.  They were brittle in the morning, but I think they’ll still be fine.

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Step 7.  Double bag the figs in a labeled gallon-sized freezer Ziploc bag.  Store in the freezer or a cool, dry place until the spirit moves you to make Figgy Pudding.  Or something.

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4 responses to “Figs

  1. Laurie Burke

    I’m trying to remember all the things I wanna say. Oh yeah…

    1) will you be giving your poor-incapable-of-cooking-cuz-she’s-too-busy mom some spicy fig jam to bring back home after Thanksgiving?

    2) yes, let’s make figgy pudding (well you can make it and I’ll talk to you while you do..ha!)

    3) might just be the budding psychologist in me, but you do look a little bit OCD with all those figs in rank and file order on your counter. (Did you count them as well? hmm…not a good sign.)

    ; )

  2. Tom Rocha

    Rachel – you’d best get a fruit picker (no not Keith – a long handled, extendable, basket on the end kind).

  3. Jackie Richards

    Great, I love figs ,too

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