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How to Make Healthy Dried Fig Fruit Snacks

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Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and hobbies. She likes travelling and making papercraft models.

Cut figs ready for the oven

Cut figs ready for the oven

How to Use Up Your Fig Harvest

With figs growing like crazy after the recent downpour of rain this summer, it is time to make some fresh fig preserves again. However, I will definitely end up with too many jars of preserved figs, so how about making some healthy fig snacks for a change?

Dried figs are healthy snacks, and they are really easy to make. The recipe does not require any extra ingredients because the figs are already so full of flavour and natural sugars.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

3 hours

3 hours 10 min

1 kg dried figs

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 kgs fresh figs

Quick Instructions

  1. Quickly rinse the figs with water.
  2. Cut the figs into chunks.
  3. Arrange the fig chunks on baking racks and bake in the oven at 100°C to 120°C.

In-Depth Instructions

  1. If you have your own fig tree growing in the backyard, collect as many fruits as you can before they become overripe and mushy. Leave the overripe fruits on the tree for the hungry birds to eat, or else they are going to attack your tomatoes and other fruits you may have in the garden.
  2. Give the figs a good rinse to get rid of all the dust and dirt from the garden.
  3. Remove the tops and bottoms of the figs so that only the middle portion of the fruit is remaining.
  4. Cut the fruit into 1-centimeter-thick portions and place them on a baking rack. Fill up the rack(s) with figs.
  5. Place the racks in the oven. Turn on the oven to about 100-120°C and bake. The juice will start to drip out from the figs as they bake, so it will be a good idea to place a big tray at the bottom of the racks to collect the liquid, otherwise you will have a lot of sticky mess and cleaning to do.
  6. The fig portions will start to shrink as they dry up. After 1½ to 2 hours, turn off the oven and leave the figs in the oven overnight. The fruit should be a bit moist to the touch because they are not thoroughly dried yet.
  7. On the next day, bake them again at the same temperature for about 1 hour. There should be no more juice dripping out from them this time. Check on them frequently to make sure they do not get burnt.
  8. When the figs feel leathery and dry, they are ready. Turn off the oven and leave them in there for another 30 minutes. Let the figs cool thoroughly before removing them from the oven.
  9. Store the dried figs in an airtight jar and enjoy your healthy snacks.

Comments

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 15, 2013:

Riviera Rose, I used to buy dried figs, too, many years ago. Now I have a huge fig tree giving me lots of fruits in summer, but the birds usually eat up half of the fruits!

Riviera Rose from South of France on January 14, 2013:

Great idea, I have a fig tree and make plenty of jam, and then buy my dried figs from a healthstore, duh! Will definitely try this in the summer.

lady rain (author) from Australia on June 21, 2012:

Angela, I hope you'll get to make your own dried figs too. I'm sure you'll love them :) Thank you for taking the time to leave comment here.

lady rain (author) from Australia on June 21, 2012:

MargaritaEden, you are right, they are really healthy and great for my cravings too! Thank you for stopping by to read my hub :)

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 21, 2012:

I have never tried this but would love to. Thank you for the great information!

MargaritaEden from Oregon on June 21, 2012:

Great hub, figs taste wonderful and they are so healthy, sharing your hub!

lady rain (author) from Australia on March 04, 2012:

eye say, I personally prefer dried figs because they are more chewy and sweet. Once you start eating, you can't stop, so you really have to make a lot to snack on! Thank you for stopping by.

eye say from Canada on March 04, 2012:

what a great hub, I love figs and am looking forward to trying this. bookmarking, voting up, this is so interesting and useful... thnaks for posting it!

lady rain (author) from Australia on March 04, 2012:

RTalloni, I can put more fruits in the oven than in a dehydrator, that's why I prefer this method. The cost of using a gas oven is also less for me, the cost of electricity is shocking here, so I try to use less electricity. Thank you for your comments :)

RTalloni on March 04, 2012:

Although I've never tried this method, I do know that dried figs are a fabulous snack food. I use a dehydrator and it's a simple process.