Drying figs in the sun
The process of drying figs in the sun is one of the simplest methods that can be followed at home, as follows:
First, pick the ripe figs, as the best sign that they are fully ripe is when the figs fall from the tree to the ground.
Submerge the ripe figs in a bowl of boiling salt water for thirty seconds, then remove them from the water and allow them to dry well on a clean towel.
Stitch 5-6 figs on wooden grill sticks.
Hang the wooden barbecue sticks in a place exposed to direct sunlight for a few days only, and be sure to cover the figs during the night; In order to prevent dew drops from gathering on them.
Move the figs from the sun to a half-shaded place for about eight days, so that the figs do not become excessively hard and dry.
In the event that it is difficult to shape the figs to make them flat because they are very stiff, they can be immersed in boiling salt water again, and then placed on a clean towel to dry well.
Dried figs should be kept in an airtight container, and avoid exposure to air currents; As the air will make the figs very hard, and the temperature must be less than 20 degrees Celsius, and in the event that proper storage conditions are observed, the dried figs can be kept for up to a full year.
Drying figs in the oven
The oven can be used to dry figs, through the following steps:
Preheat the oven to a temperature of 60 ° C, so that the temperature should not exceed this; Because it will cook the figs.
Remove the damaged stems and parts, then rinse the figs well with water, and dry them with a paper towel.
Cut the figs in half lengthwise.
Put the figs on the oven tray, provided that the tray is metal and of the type that comes in the form of a grille; This is to ensure that the figs dry out from all directions evenly.
Put the figs in the oven for up to 6-8 hours, and the oven door should be left slightly open; This is to allow moisture to escape from it, with the possibility of turning off the oven for some time, then restarting it again, and taking into account turning the figs from time to time during the drying process.
Take out the figs from the oven and leave them to cool completely, and then put them in airtight containers, and store them in the refrigerator.
Drying figs in the microwave
Figs can be dried using a microwave, by following these steps:
Wash the figs well with cold water.
Cut the figs in half lengthwise.
Arrange the figs on a plate so that the inside of them is to the bottom, and care must be taken to leave a space between each one.
Put the dish in the microwave, and turn it on on the highest heat, for ten minutes.
Take out the plate and work on flipping the figs using a spoon, so that the inside is facing up.
Return the dish back to the microwave, and run it for 8-10 minutes, and here you must continue to monitor the figs, as once they start to wilt and shrink, the microwave must be stopped.
Remove the figs from the microwave and leave them to cool completely for at least thirty minutes.
Put the figs in a plastic bag and close it without pressing it, and then store it in the refrigerator for two days.
Take the bag out of the fridge, get rid of the air inside the bag, close it tightly, and return it back to the fridge, where it can be stored for up to three weeks.