When I first started harvesting figs, I dried them. I cut little circles and loaded the circles into the dehydrator. I would freeze the packages of dried fruit and munch on them all winter. The problem was that I was the only one who would eat them! The were very hard on the outside and tough to chew. This year I decided to do something different....fruit leathers!
I looked up information and found that figs freeze quite nicely. I decided I wanted to freeze them separately so I could take out the amount I wanted to use each time. I washed the figs, cut them in halves (ants can track in mold spores, so I cut them open to make sure they are free of ants and mold), and put them on a sheet of plastic wrap spread on a tray. Next I put the tray in the freezer for a couple hours then put the individually frozen pieces in a freezer bag. Each day I followed this routine, adding fruit to the bag until it was full.
A few days ago I happen to throw a couple of frozen figs along with a frozen banana in my smoothie. It was so yummy! I may not have as many fruit leathers as originally planned!
To be continued......
|Our fig tree.|
|Lots of figs!|
|Cut off stem and cut in half.|
|Place fig halves on a tray covered in plastic wrap.|
|Place the figs in the freezer.|
|Put the individually frozen figs in a freezer bag.|
|If you have no self control, make smoothies out of the frozen figs! |
(vanilla yogurt, frozen banana, vanilla almond milk, two frozen figs)