Dried figs gone hard....what to do with them?
I have a jar of dried figs. I purchased them to just eat as a snack but they are really hard.
Any ideas what I can do with them??
Yes, rehydrate them in water, fruit juice, liquor, such as rum or cognac, any fruit-flavored liquor, various types of wine; use in baking, or stuff them with cheese or nuts, dip in chocolate; I've even used port-marinated figs for wrapping with proscuitto, in a pinch when I couldn't get fresh ones. Figs fit very well with duck, chicken, pork or lamb dishes.
Make your own fig bars, yup, just like Fig Newtons, only yours. Here's a chow link with some suggestions and recipe links:
What you want to do with them AFTER you rehydrate them would be the key for me. If I wanted to get them back to the semi-moist condition they were in when I bought them, I would put them in a closed container with several sliced or diced apples, close tightly and set on a high refrigerator shelf (warmer shelves are at the top) for a few days to a week. Depending on how dry the figs are, the apple may need to be replaced. But if you want stewed figs to either eat as such or to combine in a recipe, then I'd go with the boiling water, or just put them in a saucepan with water to cover and simmer gently. Fruit juices and liqueurs will add a flavor of their own, which can be interesting *IF* that's what you have in mind to start with. Good luck!
FAB ideas all many many thanks. I shall rehydrate some in rum, some in orange juice & some with the apple to see which i prefer....
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thanks again all of you