Figs are a juicy treat that can be eaten straight off the tree or used in desserts and jams. But once you’ve picked your figs, how do you store them? In this article, we’ll take a look at the best ways to keep your fresh figs preserved and tasty as long as possible.
Figs are a delicious fruit that’s in season from July to September. It’s important to know how to store them so you can enjoy them for as long as possible.
The best way to store figs is in the fridge. If you want your figs to last for a few weeks, put them in a sealed container and refrigerate them immediately after buying them. You can also place the container on top of a refrigerator shelf or on an upper shelf in your pantry. If you want your figs to stay fresh for up to three days, place the container in a cool, dry place such as a pantry or storage closet. The key is keeping the fruit away from heat and moisture, which will cause it to spoil faster than if it were refrigerated.
Wash The Figs
The easiest way to clean your figs is with cold water. Simply place the figs in a large bowl and fill it with cold water. Gently rub the figs against each other, using your fingers to help remove any dirt or dust that may be clinging to their skins. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, you can use a soft brush instead of your hands for this step.
Take them out of the water and dry them off with a kitchen towel before storing them so they don’t spoil quickly in humid conditions (which could happen if there’s no moisture left on the surface).
Dry The Figs
- Pat the figs dry with a paper towel. This will absorb excess moisture and help prevent mold from forming. If you don’t have any paper towels handy, you can use a kitchen towel or paper napkin.
- Don’t use a dish towel to dry the figs off, they’re notorious for leaving lint on fruits and vegetables.
Store In An Air-Tight Container
Figs are best stored in an air-tight container, preferably one with holes for air circulation. Placing your figs in plastic bags will cause them to dehydrate and lose flavor. The fridge or freezer may seem like a good place to store your freshly picked figs, but this will actually cause them to lose moisture and shrivel up over time.
After you’ve dried off the figs, it’s time to slice them. The easiest way to do so is by cutting them in half. You can then cut each half into two pieces (which will give you four in total). If you want smaller pieces, simply cut each quarter into thirds. If you want to get more cleaning power from your water, you can add some vinegar or lemon juice to the bowl. This will help remove any pesticides or dirt that may be present on your figs so they don’t contaminate other foods in your fridge. If you’re looking to store your figs for a long period of time, it is best to place them in a perforated plastic bag with holes in it and then place this inside another plastic bag. This will allow air circulation while keeping the fruit fresh…
You can store figs for up to 2 days in the fridge and longer in the freezer.
- Store them in a container that is not too big, as they tend to dry out.
- Cut the stems and place them in a paper bag with holes punched into them. The paper bag will help keep the air circulating.
- Don’t store figs in plastic bags, as this won’t allow for proper ventilation and moisture retention. Also, don’t keep them in the fridge if they’re not ripe yet (they need to be fully ripe before being eaten). Finally, you can freeze your figs if you want to keep them longer than two days: simply wash off any dirt from your figs then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper so that they’re spaced apart from each other. Then put into your freezer overnight or until frozen solid, the next morning remove from the freezer while still frozen and transfer onto another baking sheet lined again with parchment paper so that they’re evenly spaced apart once again (you’ll have plenty of room since the original baking sheet has been removed). Place this second tray back into your freezer until ready to use/eat.
The best way to store figs once picked is in the refrigerator, but you can also store them in a cool place with high humidity. Make sure they are not exposed to direct sunlight or heat, as this will cause them to ripen faster and eventually rot.