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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.
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.
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!
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!
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.