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I love fresh figs, but when there are too many to eat, a rare occurrence, I peel them, and cook down until I have a fruit syrup. Then I freeze it for future cooking/baking uses. I like to make a variation on an old Quaker oatmeal jam square recipe, using the fig puree in place of jam. If it is a bit too runny, I just cook it down more.
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How do you freeze figs?
I just pop them into Ziplock Freezer bags. If you want to remove them from the bag a few at a time, freeze first on a cookie sheet and then pop them into the Ziplock. They are a real good snack if you take a few out of the freezer and let them thaw just until they are soft enough to eat. Yummy!
Harlean from Arkansas
I need to add an update to this tip for freezing figs. This procedure works, however, I must tell you that they can not be frozen long term. I think 6 months would be ok, but I had some in the freezer a year before I made them into jam. They lost a lot of their flavor in that time. I am not sure what the answer is except to use them up in a few months. They were not spoiled, but really had what I can only describe as a"freezer taste".
I just need enough time to accumulate enough figs for preserves, so I will try short-term freezing in Ziplog bags. Thanks!