|Our fig tree. B built a frame around it so we can net it - to prevent all the birds and squirrels from eating our delicious fruits.|
|The green ones ARE ripe, they have to be a different vareity.|
|that yellow stuff....butter goodness|
I think I made about 3 fig cobblers out of the green figs. I just ate the brown ones at lunch everyday, and breakfast, and anytime I opened the fridge. These figs were so super ripe, that some of them were going bad in the fridge. So those got tossed out the window to the chickens. They also love figs. Yes, I toss kitchen scraps out the window to the chickens. They come running when I open the window. Cool birds. Sometimes when they see you through the window anywhere in the house, they'll stop and watch you. I wonder if they think this is our coup. Where was I? So because figs ripen so quickly and burst open, it's a hard fruit to transport. Most fresh figs are eaten locally or dried for distribution. If you happen to find somebody that has a fig tree, I highly recommend eating some fresh. Rain is bad for them, and we have had so much rain the past couple of weeks, I hope that the harvest isn't over yet.
Round 2 of green figs that B brought home were over ripe, they were starting to go south super quick and I hated to waste them, I had to figure out what to do with them. I haven't quite ventured into the world of preserving, like jam or jelly. I will someday though. I don't think it's that hard, it's just a matter of learning how to do it, and then doing it. I had this bright idea that I'll make fruit leather. It's like a fruit roll-up. I have a dehydrator and a big bowl of figs. I googled a few recipes for fruit leather and went to it. I washed and sorted the figs. The chickens got about half a dozen. I put the figs in our food processor, there was a little over 3 cups, and started pureeing them, I just squeezed a bit of lemon juice in, and added about 1/8 cup of cane sugar. Yum! It tasted delicious. A few hours later I pull the trays out.
Our food dehydrator came with these sheets to lay on the mesh trays for dehydrating liquidy things such as this. Well I couldn't find them so I used wax paper. Bad idea. Bad, bad, bad.
|Some peeled away, but not much more than you see here|
|paper starting to stick and tear|
And in my normal fashion, I go read directions in my dehydrator book AFTER I make it. Oh wow, it specifically says "never use wax paper." EEEEERRRRRR. Ok, well B volunteered to get more figs next week and I'll try again. This time I'm going to hunt down those trays. I knew I ordered them for a reason. If it's a success, I'll share again.
Yesterday 2 friends, (thanks Fred and Ashley!) posted a link to this blog on their Facebook page and I swear I got 3 times as many hits, so if you can help me promote by doing the same, that would be fantastic. Just copy the link http://msgoldielocks.blogspot.com into your status and say something to get YOUR friends to read it, then I can reach so many more people. More readers equals more incentive for me. I'm really enjoying doing this and I find that it is already keeping me motivated to do new things. I've already got a little notebook - er well the note app on my iphone - of topics that I want to blog about. This is about a healthy lifestyle so I believe there will be some exercise topics in the future too.
Mmmmmmm cheese wrapped in fig paper