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Drying figs

Junie D | Aug 25, 200506:03 PM

There is a 50-plus year old gnarled fig tree in our backyard. In late August I call it "paradise for grackles" and shoot them gleefully with my Super Soaker water gun at least hourly. It has green-yellow fruit with mildly pink centers which get more luscious and honey-like the longer they sag on the tree.

So, I am prepared for the onslaught this year with Ellen's compilation of recipes/suggestions and eat them pretty much three meals a day (tomatoes too). But we can't possibly keep up and so I after trying unsuccessfully to dry them in the oven, have started drying them in an ancient hand-me-down dehydrator. The few I dried last year were good, and seemed to be best if the fruit was dead ripe. But they still were a bit dry, some of them, not chewy and sticky like dried figs I have bought. How far should I let them go in the dehydrator? Is it better short time/high heat or low heat/long time (not that I can control it) - or suggestions for oven drying?

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