Figs are a very popular fruit that most people enjoy. The beginning of summer is the best time to buy fresh figs because they have a lot of flavors and taste delicious. Fresh figs taste great when they are in season, but freeze-fried figs are also great for baking when you crave them in the middle of winter.
You can use different techniques to freeze figs, depending on how you plan to use them in the future. In the following article, we will discuss how to freeze figs safely and effectively so that you can enjoy them for days to come.
In this blog post, we have described various methods you can use to freeze your figs. Each technique uses the same preparation steps and varies in the freezing process. In all the methods below, we have used 2 quarts (~8 cups) of figs.
Freezing figs is a simple process with a few variations that you can choose from.
The flash-freeze method is excellent since it prevents the figs from clumping together and freezing. It becomes effortless for you to individually remove frozen figs from the container without thawing the entire batch.
An important thing to note about frozen figs is that if you thaw them, their texture becomes quite mushy as they beak down when thawing. Because of this, it’s best not to use frozen figs in any recipe that calls for fresh figs. The texture of frozen figs is also different from fresh figs. So, it is best not to combine both in a recipe.
Frozen figs work great in baking recipes and also in making sauces, jams, and preserves. Frozen figs are also great in smoothies. If you plan on using the figs in a smoothie, you don’t even have to worry about thawing them. Simply chuck while frozen in the mixer.
Thaw your frozen figs by moving them into the fridge from the freezer the night before you want to use them. By the time you use them the next day, your figs will have thawed completely. Use a plate or bowl to catch the condensation from the thawing figs.
Fresh figs can last in the fridge for up to 7 days. If you have frozen figs, they can last in the freezer for 12 – 18 months. Once the figs have thawed, try to use them completely, and if you need to store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Figs that are starting to go bad will develop a slimy texture and will also smell and taste sour. If you notice any mold on the figs or the container they are stored in, it is best to discard them immediately. It is essential to label and date all your containers with the packaging date to consume or rotate the product while it is still safe.
Figs are one the most nutrient-packed fruits that you can include in your diet. Their versatility makes them an ideal candidate for preserving as well. If you are a fig lover, give this preserving technique a try, and we are sure you will be using it for years to come. You may also find some of our other freezing guides helpful.
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