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Growing and Preserving Figs

figsWe have a large fig tree in our back yard.  For the amount of space and the limited care it takes, it produces way more fruit than any other fruit tree of which I am aware.  It will produce two crops every year. The first crop develops in the spring on last year’s shoot growth.  The main fig crop develops on the current year’s shoot growth and ripens in the late summer or fall. The main crop is generally superior in both quantity and quality to first crop.

Fig trees can be raised in many different parts of the world, depending on which variety you grow. …

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Preserving Food

Preserving food is a never-ending process

My wife is out of town for several days and I have to fill in for her.  This has been a bit of an eye opening experience.  She normally takes care of rotating and organizing the food.  She has things well organized and can lay her hands on anything right away.  Me, I am having trouble finding things.

Things she can do quickly take me much longer.  I have been drying pears and some figs while she has been gone.  The process is going ok just takes longer.  Where we live there is a lot of free or inexpensive fruit and vegetables available all summer.  …

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Preserving Figs

dried figs

Yesterday I prepared some figs for storage.  The figs had already been dried in my Excalibur Dehydrator.  Following directions given me by a friend, I packed them the way his father taught him.  You take a plastic bucket or cardboard box and cover the bottom with a layer of brown sugar.  Then alternate a layer of figs and a layer of brown sugar.

My friend says that his father preserved them in a cardboard box between layers of sugar every year.  They would eat them over the winter and save the sugar.  The sugar would be reused for many years as long as no insects got into it. …

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Drying Figs

We are currently drying a batch of figs in our Excalibur Food Dehydrator.  As an experiment  we will dry the next batch outside on our drying rack.  I am told it takes about two days outside.  You cover them at night to protect them from insect and dampness.  In our case, we cover the rack with a sheet and carry it into our garage over night.

Cut the figs in thin pieces about a ¼-inch thick and spread out on the drying trays.  Figs should be dried until the outsides are firm to the touch, and the insides soft, there should be no signs of syrup when you squeeze them.…

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