How to store figs: from the drying of figs to storage in jars. Tips for storing figs for long periods.
THE figs, a typical summer fruit, are very delicate and tend to deteriorate rapidly. Have you ever wondered why figs are harder to find in supermarkets? Precisely for their delicacy. For the large distribution chain, figs are more difficult to transport and market.
It is for this reason that dried figs or in jam are more easily available on the market, generally dried figs and fig jams come from abroad.
Those lucky enough to have a fig in the garden will find themselves with an abundance of figs during the harvest. Yes, the fig tree is very productive and it can be difficult for a single family to consume the entire harvest! It is in this context that it may be useful to know forms of long-term conservation of figs.
How to choose fresh figs
Since i figs fresh are easily perishable, it is advisable to buy them or collect them only one or two days before consuming them.
When buying, choose those that are plump and tender, without bruises, with a slightly sweet scent: make sure they do not have an acrid smell, it means that they have already gone bad.
Fresh figs, conservation method
Ripe figs should not be washed until ready to consume them and should also be kept covered in the refrigerator, while unripe figs should be kept at room temperature.
Given their fast perishability, in case of large stocks we can prepare delicious fig jams or try our hand at preparingdried figs.
How to preserve figs, jams
Since the fig is a very sweet fruit, it is not necessary to add too much sugar. You can prepare a splendid onesugar-free fig jamso as to enjoy them naturally even in the winter months.
Let's immediately see the recipe for fig jam without sugar or with the addition of brown sugar.
- 1 kilo of fresh figs
- 500 ml of water
- 1 untreated lemon
For a sweeter jam, add 200 g of brown sugar.
Preparation of homemade fig jam
- Take the fresh ripe figs, remove the skin and cut them into small pieces.
- In a steel pot, pour the water and sugar gradually, you will have to dissolve all the sugar, until it comes to a boil.
- Once you have the syrup, add the pieces of fig and lemon juice then mix everything over a low flame for about half an hour, taking care to remove the white foam that will probably be created on the surface. It is normal for that to form foam.
- You will have to mix until you get the density of jam you prefer.
- At this point, transfer the still hot mixture into sterilized jars, let it cool and seal hermetically only when the jam has cooled.
Fig, almond and rum jam
Here is a recipe for rum-flavored fig jam.
- 600 grams offigspeeled and cut as described above
- 150 grams of sugar
- 50 ml of rum
- 1/2 orange
- 50 grams of peeled and toasted almonds
The procedure is almost identical: after 20 minutes of cooking the jam, add the chopped and toasted almonds and add the rum.
For better storage, the jars should be kept in the dark and in a cool and clean place.
How to make dried figs
For this operation, the fresh ripe figs must be dried in the sun for a week or, in case of humidity, for more than 10 days.
The figs will have to lose a good percentage of water. This procedure makes the figs even sweeter and more caloric than fresh ones.
THE dried figs that you find on the market have been treated with chemicals to disinfect the fruit from possible parasites. In the home, any treatment is not recommended. Limit yourself to inspecting the inside of the figs daily and covering them with a very tightly meshed net so as to prevent insects from resting on them or laying eggs.
As for drying at home, you can do this: simply dry them on a tray lined with parchment paper and cover everything with a net to keep insects away. They can be dried either whole or cut in half lengthwise.
Depending on the heat and the sun, the figs are ready in 3-7 days, but you will have to collect them every day at sunset so as not to absorb the humidity of the night. Once the figs are dried, you will have to pass them in a preheated oven at 100 ° C for about 10 minutes in order to brown them ... Be careful not to overdo it otherwise the dried figs will become hard.
At this point you can provide for storage in sterilized jars.
For more detailed information for the drying of whole figs or to dry figs in electric dryers, please consult our guide:how to dry figs.