This is the first time I tried to make homemade sun-dried figs. I think it worked fine and I already have a jar of dried figs stored. Although I know I have to discover many secrets yet, I would like to share my experience so far. It might be useful to those who have access to fresh figs,
and some sunlight of course.
You are going to need:
water, lemon, a large bowl, paper towel, a needle, some string, a tulle cloth, a glass jar, bay leaves and …figs!
First, collect the figs.
The good news is that they don’t have to be in great shape or freshly picked from the tree. I had hem a few days in the fridge before I do this.
Wash them thoroughly and then, dip them for a few minutes in a water and lemon mixture (equal quantities of water and lemon). This preserves the color and kills the bacteria.
Squeeze the figs a bit, to “open” and
lay them on a paper towel to absorb the excess water.
Τhen take the needle and the string.
Puncture one by one the figs with the needle , and when you finish, knot the edges of the string to make this bunch.
You have to cover it with a tulle cloth, so to keep dirt and most importantly, insects away. The cloth has to be transparent in order to let the sun do his job.
Hang it in a place that is full of sunlight for most of the hours of the day.
I chose a pole to hang it. I did it because I had to find a place where no cats could walk and ..pee above them as they mark their territory 🙂
After about 15 days you unhang the bunch of figs, and remove them from the string!
When I did that, I noticed some that some liquids and juices still remained in between them. However I tried one and it was fine.
If this happen to you too, do what I did. Place them on a plate, cover again with the tulle cloth and let them 2-3 more days in the sun.
Next I stored them in a glass jar that closes well.
Press them in a sterilized glass jar, and lay some bay leaves in between them.
Bay leaves give aroma and protect them from insects and other bugs.
I also sprinkled them with some sesame seeds.
I have a few more figs and I’m planning to try it again by doing some things differently this time. Then I will describe this new experience too!
…more of do it yourself soon.