There is nothing more delicious than a fresh fig, kissed by the sun. And, my neighbor has always been very generous with hers.
But, hers are on a young fig bush, producing more than enough for us to make some jam and enjoy fresh figs for a few weeks; but, there's not alot left after the first harvest for all the holiday goodies we like to make.
So, clever girl that I am, when I made my infamous Fig-Raspberry Jam last year, I shared a jar with my hairdresser who just happens to have a serious, major, fig TREE at her shop. Wanting more jam, she
Fresh figs do not keep long and with more than four quarts of fig sauce left, I needed to do something. Fruit leather was the answer and, before long, I had my harvest preserved for snacking and holiday recipes.
I used parchment paper under the leather in the dehydrator and decided to keep some rolls wrapped in the paper and others without, just to compare how they do over the long run. Notice the white thingy at the bottom of the jar? That's one of those keep-fresh packets that absorb moisture. It keeps the leather dry but pliant and my dried foods last much longer. Whenever I find one in my purchases, I keep it to recycle. Notice the pretty paper? That's how my Garden Witchery gift book came wrapped. I simply couldn't throw it away, and you will probably see it, again. Thank you, Joyce.
What are you going to preserve, this summer?