Raisin Selection and StorageMost raisins are sold in boxes or packages you cannot see through so it is difficult to judge freshness by the eye. However, most boxes can be squeezed so you can get some idea of how fresh the product is. Choose the product that submits to pressure. Shake the box or container and avoid any that rattle loudly, an indication the raisins have dried out too much.
Proper storage is important for raisins. Seal raisins in an airtight container or bag and store in a cool, dark place. Most kitchen cabinets are too warm. A month on the shelf is maximum, after which they begin to dry out, darken, and lose vitamins.
Refrigeration is recommended for storage longer than a month. Under refrigeration in a properly sealed container, raisins can last 6 months to 1 year.
As they age, be sure to examine them carefully for insect infestation before using.
More about Raisins:• Raisin Tips and Hints
• Raisin Varieties
• Raisin Selection and Storage
• What are raisins? Raisin History
• Raisin Recipes
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