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How to Choose and Store Perfect Raisins?

How to Choose and Store Perfect Raisins?

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Raisins are the sweet gems of the nature. There are so many different types of raisins that make it hard for us to choose. But there is also a matter of quality here, this is why you should open your eyes while buying raisins to get the best one.

What should a perfect raisin be like? We are not the one to tell you that, because each person has a unique taste and preference. But we can tell you methods for choosing the best quality raisins. Read on to find out more about How to choose the perfect raisin.

 

So, what do we have here?

 

  • What are Different Types of Raisins, Which One is Better?

  • Golden Raisins Vs Black Raisins (Table)

  • How to Choose and Buy Perfect Raisins?

  • How to Store Raisins?

  • How to Revive Dried Up Raisins?

 

The golden and sultana raisins are the most common ones available in every store. But you may also come across seedless raisins, as well as long greens and flame variety, especially if shopping in an organic or gourmet market. What kind of raisins are you looking for? Which one is better for you? How you can keep them fresh longer? Your answers right away.

 

What are Different Types of Raisins, Which One is Better?

Raisins, sultanas, and currants are all dried grapes, and most of them are from the seedless grapes. They label raisins made from Thompson seedless grape natural, due to its drying process- only by the sun, without any extra oil or solutions.

Unlike dark raisins, golden raisins aren’t dried in the sun but in large dehydrators at controlled temperatures, with controlled moisture levels. Golden raisins are also treated with antioxidant sulfur dioxide, which is usually used for both its health properties and as a preservative in white wine and dried fruit.

Golden raisins have more flavonoids than regular raisins. Otherwise regular and golden raisins are almost identical in their nutrition and both make a delicious healthy snack, just as they did in your lunch box when you used to go to school.

 

Golden Raisins Vs Black Raisins 
Golden RaisinsDark Raisins
Dried with dehydratorsDried in the sun
Treated with antioxidant sulfur dioxide
Contain more flavonoidsContains some flavonoids
Fleshy textureChewy and dry texture
Sweet-tart and fruity flavorSuper sweet and earthy
Slightly higher in caloriesLess calories
Have more sodium and fiber
More natural and easy to find

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What are flavonoids?

Flavonoids are a group of pant chemicals found in most fruits and vegetables which provide many health benefits and are responsible for vivid color in fruits and veggies.

When it comes to cooking and baking with raisins, there is no other choice and no competition. You should use golden raisins, because their fleshy texture and sweet-tart fruity flavor makes them a perfect addition to grain dishes, salmon, salads, cauliflower, dips and more.

How to Choose and Buy Perfect Raisins?

How to Choose and Buy Perfect Raisins?

  • Most raisins are in boxes or resealable packages you cannot see through so it’s hard to estimate their freshness by the eye. If you press the box and the raisins are squeezable and not hard, there is a good chance your selection is a pleasant one. Another vital sign is rattling.
  • Give the package a good shake and listen. As raisins age, they keep drying out, may harden, and will rattle around in a container or box if shaken and dried up. Take a look at the expire date and if ok, take them home with you.
  • If the raisins smell all rotten or sour, they have gone bad and shouldn’t be used. You should also check for odor changes before eating them because they may have been stored for more than six months.
  • There shouldn’t be any sign of mold growth anywhere on them, which is not very common and can only occur if the raisins are kept in a humid environment.
  • Take a good look at their color, and don’t pick the ones that are discolored, because, when raisins start to rust, if they haven’t gone bad yet, they are on their way and the flavor will be reduced at this point.
  • Do not pick the raisins that are crystallized, because it means they are spoiling or they may contain added sugar.
  • If you are looking for high-quality raisins, search for the ones that do not contain too many cap-stems, which can be very easy to use and clean.
  • And finally, there shouldn’t be any foreign material in their package or their flesh, which indicates the wrong storing process.

 

How to Store Raisins?

Raisins should be appropriately stored to stay fresh for a longer time. Keep your raisins in an airtight container or bag and store them in a cool, dark place. Most kitchen cabinets are too hot. A month on the shelf is the maximum time they should be left out; after that, they start drying out, darkening, and losing vitamins. Also, raisins are known for drawing bugs, so be sure to watch them for insect activity before using.

You can store them in the refrigerator for more than a month. In a properly sealed container, raisins can last six months to one year.

How to Revive Dried Up Raisins?

How to Revive Dried Up Raisins?

The high sugar concentration in raisins makes them sweet, but it also causes them to become dried out, gritty, and sticky after a prolonged storage period. The sugars can crystallize inside the fruit, but that doesn’t mean you cannot use them anymore. There are a few ways you can refresh dried-up raisins, but they should be eaten, added to recipes, or refrigerated right away.

you can use these methods to refresh your dried-up raisins:

  • Blanching

Plump up your raisins by soaking them in hot water. Place them in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes until they start expanding. You can add spices, citrus zest, or liquor to the water for more flavor.

  • Microwave

Place raisins in a bowl and mix with a few tablespoons of warm water. Microwave for 13 to 15 seconds, pour off any remaining water and let sit, covered. Once cooled, the raisins should absorb the moisture.

  • Oven

Refresh the raisins in the oven. Among layers of paper towels, spread the raisins on a sheet and place in a 200 F oven for 25 minutes.

 

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Wrapping Up!

Raisins are all perfect. But if you insist on choosing the best one for buying, you should first consider choosing the type that fits your needs, for example if you are looking for a raisin to include in a recipe, you may want to buy the golden raisins which are fleshier. Or If you want to eat them as a snack, or prefer the organic types, you can choose the dark raisins.

Whatever type you choose you should prevent the crystallized or discolored raisins as they may have gone bad. Try to store them in an airtight container in a dry place away from light.

 

That’s it guys. Hope you liked this article. You may read more to find out How to choose and Store Hazelnuts. Also read How to blanch and Roast Hazelnuts and Hazelnut allergy symptoms and treatments.

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