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Steve Mills

It's fig time in Tennessee!!

Posted Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 4:17 PM
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  • Well, I got two stainless steel bowls of figs yesterday. Soaked them in water for a few hours and washed. Then air dried since some were very ripe and smash easily.

    After reading a lot of recipes, I realized many of them call for dried figs so today I will cut in half and put them in a dehydrator for hmmm, 24 hours? Maybe more or less, we'll see. I can't adjust the dehydrator so what it takes, it takes.

    Some suggest lightly cooking in a sugar water for 10 minutes to add more sweetness. I might do one tray that way for those of us who like things really sweet.

    I'll have another batch in a few days so I can still make something with fresh figs. I am looking forward to the smell of making candied figs.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Sep 15, 2017, at 8:34 AM
  • The dried figs came out perfect. Originally I placed an empty plastic rack between three filled one because they were thick, even after being cut in half.

    Last night I rotated bottom to top and this morning removed the extra trays to bring all closer to the heat.

    I also am simmering 30 figs in water, sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla and a quarter cup of bourbon. After about 1 hour I tuned it off to cool, and plan to simmer again tomorrow. I'm not sure why every recipe I read recommends that, but....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Sep 16, 2017, at 4:10 PM
  • I just checked mine and none are ripe yet...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Sep 18, 2017, at 12:31 PM
  • Are they from showing signs of filling out?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Sep 18, 2017, at 1:24 PM
  • Cut them lengthwise in half...place on parchment paper on a sheet pan cut side up...top with Gorgonzola cheese and a walnut half and bake until cheese is bubbling and lightly browned about 12 minutes at 350 degrees....cool and eat...

    If you are not fond of Gorgonzola, Fontina cheese works!

    I used to not be able to leave them long alone long enough to get them out as an appetizer to the customer! Great for Christmas dinner!...Good fig preserves is my favorite...once in a lifetime I have found it with a ton of fruit and de-seeded...man was that jar good!

    My fig plants did not re-emerge with leaves this year...then the new yard guy weed ate em!...I was pretty upset about it...but what a ya do!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Sep 19, 2017, at 8:07 AM
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