Dehydrated Figs

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Long weekends are the best, aren’t they?! A few weekends ago my sister and I took our kids out to Hillside Harvest. A local orchard and farm store, about 10 minutes out of Orange, NSW at Borenore. We came home with baskets full of fresh, local, Autumnal produce just ripe for preserving.

Picking fresh figs from the tree would be one of my favourite things to do in the garden over Autumn. We have a small black fig tree in our garden, but this year it only gave us a couple of figs. Great to munch on while picking, but not enough for a solid batch of anything. After our road trip, I was again well-stocked and ready to preserve. Hello dehydrated figs!

a plate of figs getting cut in half ready for dehydrating. In the bottom corn is a jar of dehydrated figs with a few scattered around

What you need to get started

Lots of Figs! I slice my figs for dehydrating, however you could also try drying them whole or in quarters. You would need to change the length of time you are dehydrating though. The reason I prefer slicing them is that they are easy to snack on and eat, especially when I add them to my Spiced honey nut granola that I eat most mornings for breakfast.

Dehydrator. I used to be one of those people who didn’t think they needed a dehydrator until I got one! Now I use it so much. They are so handy when you grow your own fruit and vegetables. Even if you only have a small plot like us, they are worth their weight in gold. Just to be able to dehydrate any excess garlic for winter before it all sprouts is a total gamechanger.

The finer details

  1. Wash and dry the figs
  2. Remove the top stem off the fig. Slice each fig into 3-5mm slices. 
  3. Lay fig slices flat on a dehydrator tray.
  4. Turn the dehydrator on to the dried fruit setting and leave to dry for 8 hours. 
  5. Once cool. store in an airtight container.

A quick note

The size/thickness of the figs will determine how long they need to be dried. On average my slices take 8 hours. I generally pop them on just as I’m going to bed and they are done when I wake up the next morning. Whole figs or quartered figs will take longer to dehydrate.

A bit about dehydrators

With the right equipment, dehydrating is one of the easiest ways to preserve fresh produce. While you can totally make dried fruit in the oven, I find a simple dehydrator is super easy to use and gives a tasty, consistent result. My dehydrator is a Fowlers Vacola ultimate dehydrator. I’ve also used the Cuisinart dehydrator. It’s a really good entry-level option. It’s a bit smaller than my Fowlers Vacola, but it works really well and is a great option if you are just starting out.

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a tray of whole figs being cut, ready for dehydrating. A jar sits in the corner full of sliced dehydrated figs

Dehydrated Figs

  • Author: Emma Lee
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: Lots of fig slices!
  • Category: Anytime
  • Method: Preserving

Description

Snack on these sugar-free dehydrated fig slices or add them to your morning granola mix!


Ingredients

  • Figs

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the figs
  2. Remove the top stem off the fig. Slice each fig into 3-5mm slices. 
  3. Lay fig slices flat on a dehydrator tray.
  4. Turn the dehydrator on to the dried fruit setting and leave to dry for 8 hours. 
  5. Once cool. store in an airtight container.

 


Notes

The size/thickness of the figs will determine how long they need to be dried. On average my slices take 8 hours. I generally pop them on just as I’m going to bed and they are done when I wake up the next morning

Keywords: Figs, Preserving, Dehydrating

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