Sandpaper is a tree in the category of fig trees; its leaves have a sandpapery appearance, as its name suggests. Sandpaper fig is super sweet and has green color initially, turning dark purple to black after ripening.
It can be eaten raw or used in desserts, smoothies, and jams. It is also used as a dried form, and many people use dried sandpaper in cakes and pastries. Sandpaper figs have a short shelf life of about 5-6 days at room temperature, just like other figs. It is advised that you buy them in a small quantity to avoid spoilage.
How To Store Sandpaper Fig
Sandpaper fig has a short life span, and you should follow the precautions to prevent it from getting spoiled. Its honey-like sweet taste makes the best combo with savory foods like meats, cheese, and citrus fruits.
If you want to use sandpaper figs for a long time, then follow the tips listed below, and these will be of great help in storing them,
Keep it in Dry and Cool Place.
If you bought fresh sandpaper figs, try to use them within 1-2 days, but if you have leftover sandpaper figs, keep them in a dry and cool place like your kitchen counter. Maintain the gaps between them so that they can breathe in the fresh air.
If they are stored close to each other, there are increased chances that they will get spoiled because they release ethylene gas which causes them to spoil early.
Store it as Dried Form
You can also store sandpaper figs as a dried form, first wash them, now lie them onto a baking tray, and put them inside the oven at 200C. After an hour, take them out of the oven and let them cool for some time.
Lastly, transfer all the figs into an airtight container and store them either at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
During the drying process, always be mindful of the temperature because too high a temperature can burn your sandpaper figs, and their texture will be ruined.
You can store them in a refrigerator, and they will remain stable for two weeks after being refrigerated. So it is better to refrigerate them than to store them at room temperature.
Cover your sandpaper fig with a damp kitchen towel and put them into the refrigerator. Make sure to store them in a single layer to keep them separated from each other.
Can You Freeze Sandpaper Fig
If you want to use them for a year, then freezing is the best option for you. You can freeze both fresh and dried sandpaper figs. For fresh ones, first, wash them completely; after that, lie them onto a baking tray and let them freeze for the whole night; make sure to maintain the gaps between them; otherwise, they will freeze in the form of one big lump.
The next day transfer them into freezer bags and put them back into the freezer. This way, they remain good for a year. For dried ones, put them into an airtight jar and then freeze them.
How Long Does Sandpaper Fig Last
It depends on their type, fresh ones have a short life span of about 4-5 days hardly, and they will start to spoil. You can store them at your kitchen counter, but they should be dry and well ventilated because they need to breathe in fresh air when they are stored at room temperature. You can also store it in the refrigerator; this way, they will be good for half of the month.
If you have dried sandpaper figs, they have a long life span compared to fresh ones of about one month at room temperature, and after being refrigerated, they will remain stable for half of the year.
You can also freeze them by enclosing them into freezer bags, and this will increase their life span by twice, that is, one year. If you follow all the precautions, they will not spoil early, and you can use them for a long time.
How To Tell If Sandpaper Fig Is Bad
It is easy to differentiate between spoiled sandpaper figs and fresh ones because there are visible changes that occur in them when they are about to spoil; following are some of those changes that you need to know,
- Squishy Texture: When you notice that the texture is squishy and they have a crushed appearance, it shows spoilage in sandpaper figs
- Fermented Smell: Fresh sandpaper figs give a sweet aroma, but you may notice a sharp fermented odor in spoiled ones. Never use such type of figs and discard them immediately.
- Mold Growth: Your sandpaper figs can easily get mold; if you notice any fuzzy part in them with a white foam-like appearance, toss them over because they have gone bad.