Preserving fresh figs by blanching and freezing

Figs will keep their freshness for a few days in the refrigerator. Mid-August starts the harvest of different variety of figs. Black figs are rich in vitamins (Vitamin K, B6) and minerals (Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium). The compelling sweet flavor and meaty texture of black figs make it an ideal fruit for preserving it plain. The season does not last long, therefore I started preserving figs by blanching and freezing them.
Freezing black figs


Place figs in a large bowl and rinse in cold water.
Place washed figs in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes.
Blanching black figs

Remove figs carefully with a slotted spoon and arrange side by side on a baking sheet with raised edges.
Blanched figs
Cook in a preheated oven at 300F/150C for 2 hours.
Oven dehydrated figs

Let it cool before placing in small freezer bags or sterilized mason jars.

Happy cooking!


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