Helpful Tips On Measuring And Cooking With Figs

Dried figs are interchangable with other dried fruits in recipes

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If you've never experienced the taste of a fresh fig, you are truly missing a wondrous experience.

Fig Cooking Tips

• Prosciutto, Parma ham, and cheese are foods which pair up particularly well with figs.

• Figs produce protein-digesting enzymes that break down muscle and connective tissue in meat, making them an excellent tenderizer as well as flavor-enhancer.

• Dried figs can be used interchangeably with prunes, dried apricots, and dates in most recipes.

• When chopping dried figs by hand with knife or scissors, dip cutting implement into warm water occasionally to prevent sticking.

• When chopping in a food processor, add some of the sugar called for in the recipe to prevent fruit from sticking.

• If dried figs seem hard or too dry, they can be soaked, steamed or poached to restore moisture.

• To separate dried figs that are stuck together, pop them in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds.

Fig Equivalents - How to Measure Figs

• 1 pound fresh figs = 9 medium
• 1 pound fresh figs = 12 small
• 1 pound fresh figs = 2-2/3 cups chopped
• 1 pound canned figs = 12 to 16 whole figs
• 1 pound dried figs = 44 whole figs
• 1 pound dried = 3 cups chopped

More about Figs

• Fig Equivalents and Cooking Tips
Fig Varieties and Terms
Fig Selection and Storage
• Fig Legend and Lore
Fig History
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