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Freezing Figs

If you are lucky enough to have a fig tree, you may be inundated with these delicious fruit. In addition to drying figs, they can also be frozen for use later in recipes. This is a guide for freezing figs.
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August 9, 2017

When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time over at Grandma's house which was across the road and up a long lane. In August, you could find me up the fig tree munching on some of the best brown figs I have ever tasted. I would eat and eat until my belly was full. I still love figs.

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I got a call from my sister-in-law and she said her figs were ripe and needed picking. She has a huge fig tree. I jumped on that offer and gathered enough to eat and also to freeze. She told me they freeze well. She said to let them thaw just a little and they were very good.

After sharing with our neighbor, who said she had never eaten figs, I saved a few to munch on and prepared the rest for freezing. My husband doesn't like figs, which is fine with me.

I did not wash the figs. I put most of them in snack zip bags and spread the bags out on a baking sheet for freezing. After frozen, I put the bags of figs into a large freezer bag and placed it back into the freezer. The figs in the snack bags did not stick together.

Not knowing whether they would stick together or not, I spread some out loose on a baking pan and also put it in the freezer. After frozen, I put them in a quart freezer bag.

I took some out today and let them sit for about 30 minutes. They were beginning to get a little soft and were still icy. Freezing them did not change the taste. I'm really going to enjoy these figs. They won't last long.

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May 9, 2013

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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May 9, 20131 found this helpful

How do you freeze figs?

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September 2, 20130 found this helpful

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!

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February 5, 20150 found this helpful

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".

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November 6, 20160 found this helpful

I just need enough time to accumulate enough figs for preserves, so I will try short-term freezing in Ziplog bags. Thanks!

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August 27, 20170 found this helpful

Sometimes double bagging them helps to prevent the freezer taste. Also I think the freeze bags may be better also, but I would still double bag if you want to prevent the freezer taste more.

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