After the figs are gathered and dried in the same way as peaches or apricots, wash to remove all grit, and spread in shallow pans, and set them in the oven to become thoroughly heated, taking care to prevent scorching. Then roll in powdered sugar, which has been rolled to remove all lumps. When cold, pack away, preferably in paper bags. They make a delicious lunch with a bowl of milk. They are also excellent for the dessert.

Gooseberries keep well if kept tight in common bottles filled with pure water. Be sure that none but perfect berries are admitted, and keep in a cool place. The berries should be picked before they are ripe, or edible from the hand, — in the stage at which they are used for culinary purposes.