I have about 25 lb of figs in my deep freeze, and need to know what I can do with them. Last summer (2010) my wife was out of state when the main crop ripened, so every morning I'd pick as many as I could, rinse them, and air dry them on the counter overnight. Every evening I'd take all of the figs from the day before and put them into freezer bags and toss them into the deep freeze.
She grew this tree from "twig" she brought home from local tree nursery, and typically she would make lots of fig preserves to give away over the holidays. However, her cooking skills are no longer available, and the tree has since been removed. Now I need to empty the freezer and cannot stand the thought of letting all of those figs go to waste.
I posses a modicum of culinary skill, and can follow most recipes without too much deviation, so I am fishing for ideas and suggestions. But so far all I've found are ideas for fresh-picked figs. Because these have been in the deep freeze for a year, I expect that the thawed state will be fairly mushy, from the formation of ice crystals throughout. So I doubt they will lend themselves well to salads or dishes that rely on the original texture.
I currently own only basic cookware and zero canning tools, and would not be willing to invest in any for this solitary project. So please keep minimal tools in mind when posting ideas. Also, whatever I make, there's going to be a lot of it, so the ease of re-preserving the finished product would be a nice plus.
thanks, in advance, for your help.