The figs exhale their delicious fragrance in our gardens and on the stalls of early vegetables in August and September, and give cravings for jam and chutney. But it is also possible to freeze them!
Freezing fresh figs
If you want to enjoy tasty fig recipes throughout the winter, it's very easy to freeze fresh figs for later use. However, be sure to prepare fresh figs before freezing. Choose only figs with no defects, without wrinkles, spots, molds. They should be smooth and flexible - without crushing between your fingers. Then wash them carefully, without damaging them, then sponge them gently in a clean cloth. Finally, preferably place them in airtight boxes, next to each other, cut in half - this will also allow you to throw away the figs that would be damaged inside. If your box is high enough to layer the layers, separate them with baking paper so that you can only defrost the quantity you will need later.
Freeze dried figs
If you have dried figs, it may be worth freezing them after drying for two reasons:
- on the one hand, they will keep longer than simply stored in your refrigerator;
- on the other hand, if they are garden figs or organic figs that you have dried yourself, they may have been visited, on the tree, by a fly which will have deposited an egg inside. By freezing the dried figs, you do not risk seeing the maggots develop.
To prevent your dried figs from sticking together in the freezer bag, first place them on a baking sheet or on a tray that can go into your freezer, by placing baking paper in them, and taking care that the figs do not overlap and do not touch. Leave in the freezer overnight. The next morning, place the dried and frozen figs in freezer bags. This will allow you to withdraw only the amount you will need for your winter recipes.
Freeze fig crumble
If you have a surplus of figs while you are preparing a delicious fig and plum crumble, you can definitely stock up for later! You just need to prepare another crumble in an aluminum tray, specially designed to go to the freezer and provided with a lid. Bake this second crumble a little shorter than the one you are going to taste the same day, so that, when you reheat the frozen fig crumble, without thawing, the top will not be charred.
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Can we freeze figs to make jam?
If you do not have the time or the desire to spend hours in front of the jam pan in the fig season, or if your tree does not give you a sufficient quantity of ripe figs at the same time to make jam, it is quite possible to freeze figs to make jam at another time. To do this, simply follow the steps for freezing fresh figs, described above. When you have enough ripe figs or enough time to make your jam, you should think about thawing the figs a day in the refrigerator before using them.
Freezing fig chutney
If you have leftover fig chutney, or for that matter from any other chutney recipe, know that it is quite possible to freeze it for later tasting. You just have to use the freezing method in "ice cubes": place the rest of chutney in the compartments of an ice cube tray, leave in the freezer overnight. The next day, unmold the chutney cubes, and slide them into freezer bags. Thus, on D-Day, you will be able to defrost only the quantity you want, for one day in the refrigerator.
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