Frozen figs make an easy addition to your winter cuisine, extending their use past traditional harvest periods. Perfect for use in pies, muffins and even ice cream recipes!
Frozen figs can be stored both with and without sweetener for easy freezing, both whole or cut up into slices or preserves.
Frozen Figs with Sugar
Frozen figs make an easy addition to smoothies and oatmeal bowls, baked goods like bread and cakes, cheese dishes or salads – as well as fruit leather! Their natural sweetness adds delicious sweetness to breakfast smoothies or shakes.
Figs can be frozen whole or cut into pieces, and are often preserved by freezing in syrup or another sweet liquid. To create an ideal sugar syrup base for freezing figs in syrup form, dissolve one cup of sugar in two cups of water, let cool, then pack your frozen figs in freezer containers leaving half-inch to an inch of headspace for packing and freezing. Adding lemon juice drops can help protect from discoloration and add an additional punch of flavor – or inhibit discoloration altogether!
When freezing figs in syrup, ensure they are fully ripe to prevent drying out during the freezing process. Sugar should be added based on how much liquid your figs contain; then thoroughly chilling before freezing prevents crystallization from occurring. As freezing can darken figs over time, consider coating them in an acid wash such as powdered ascorbic acid or 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice per quart of syrup to keep them looking their best!
Freezing figs in syrup is one of the easiest and most practical ways to preserve this versatile fruit, but there are other strategies as well. For instance, fresh figs can be sprinkled with granulated sugar before freezing for an easy and convenient snack option that doesn’t take much preparation time or utilize leftover figs before they spoil.
Create your own homemade fig sauce! This simple and straightforward recipe uses either fresh or canned figs and can be stored in the freezer for up to one year, perfect for topping off pancakes, French toast or cheesecake – or simply enjoyed alone.
Frozen Figs Without Sugar
Figs are an irresistibly delicious treat that can be eaten alone or used in desserts and salads. Unfortunately, their season only lasts so long so it is crucial that they can be preserved to be enjoyed throughout the year; an easy way of doing this is freezing them, which keeps them fresh for several months after freezing them.
First step to freezing figs: carefully wash under cool running water and pat them dry to remove any dirt from their surfaces that could otherwise hasten their spoilage. Next step: cut or slice into smaller pieces for placement into freezer bags to maximize yield – remembering to choose ones which are ripe yet not overly soft for maximum moisture preservation!
Before placing frozen figs in the freezer, it is important to label each bag with their contents and date so they can easily be located when required for recipes. Furthermore, make sure they are packed tightly without touching; this will help ensure no crushing takes place while also ensuring an unpleasant texture when defrosted.
After being frozen, figs can be stored for up to six months in your freezer. When ready to be used, simply thaw out in cold water for 15 minutes in a bowl before using as desired in various recipes.
Figs can be transformed into both sugar-free and sweetened refrigerator preserves using this method. Similar to making homemade jam or jelly, but using fully ripe figs ensures thick preserves. To do so, combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan; mix thoroughly; then simmer over medium heat until thickening occurs.
Frozen Figs in Water
If you’re lucky enough to have an abundance of figs, freezing them is the ideal way to preserve them for future use. Freezing allows you to take full advantage of this sweet fruit year-round; enjoy them in smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt and baked goods like pies and cakes!
Freezing figs is an effortless process that results in exceptional flavor and texture, retaining their soft yet plump texture without losing any of their beloved sweetness. Freezing them yourself at home requires only a few easy steps.
Before freezing figs in syrup or as whole fruits, first ensure they have been cleaned well with cool water and any stems have been removed. Next, pat the figs dry with paper towels so that they do not stick together in the freezer. Figs can either be frozen whole or in sugar syrup but for optimal results always allow them to fully dry before doing either method – when freezing whole fruit add 3/4 teaspoons of ascorbic acid for optimal color retention in your syrup mix.
Once figs are washed and dry, they should be placed in an airtight freezer bag or storage container to prevent them from clumping together during the freezing process and make using them in future easier. After being placed into a deep freezer, allow figs to freeze solid for up to 3 months in their airtight bag/container before using for use later.
Before freezing figs in water or syrup, slice them into quarters before freezing to help ensure their shape will remain intact when frozen. While this makes them slightly harder to handle, this method should reduce freezer burn and black spot formation. It’s important to keep in mind that water or syrup will absorb surrounding moisture, so checking and changing out every 30-60 minutes to an hour may be necessary in order for your frozen fruit to thaw fully and taste less sweet when ready for consumption.
Frozen Figs in Vinegar
Make this effortless jam and you’ll soon be spreading its delicious sweet and luscious spread on everything from sandwiches to morning bagels! Juicy, delicious figs combined with gently acidic balsamic vinegar are an irresistibly delicious combination, while just a pinch of salt tempers its sweetness – one jam that will always remain on hand in your pantry.
This delicious and effortless dessert makes the ideal make-ahead option for potlucks, parties, special dinners and holiday meals. Figs pair beautifully with citrusy and tangy mascarpone whipped cream in this stunning and mouthwatering dessert that will surely impress guests! Topped off with crunchy rosemary sugar this stunning and elegant dish will impress all.
Fresh figs pair wonderfully with creamy ricotta and rich, nutty goat cheese in this simple appetizer that makes an impactful statement at any gathering. Quarter the figs and coat in brown sugar before caramelizing in a skillet over a medium flame before finishing them off with an elegant splash of fig balsamic just before serving! Your guests are sure to be impressed!
Figs shine as the star ingredient of this sweet and savory chutney that pairs beautifully with grilled pork chops, roast chicken or even cheese as a dip sauce. Although green figs work best here, any variety can work just as well if desired – the chutney can also be canned for long-term storage!
While this fig jam recipe calls for slightly more sugar than traditional versions, it uses much less than the typical 1:1 fruit-to-sugar ratio – making it a great option for anyone trying to cut back their intake or simply preferring less-sweet jams.
Sweet and savory combine perfectly in this appetizer – the sweet-yet-tangy flavors of figs combined with salty bacon make this easy, quick-make app sure to disappear quickly from your party platter!