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Dried fruits should not be dry and brittle - they should feel soft and springy.

Unopened packages of dried fruit will keep at room temperature for about a month. To store longer keep them in the refrigerator for up to one year.            After opening packages of dried fruit, store the remainder in zip lock bags or tightly covered jars in the refrigerator for 6 months to a year.

If dried fruit have started to harden, just soak them in water, juice, sherry or other liquid before using.

Dried fruits and vegetables like raisins, prunes and sun-dried tomatoes, retain almost all of their nutrients. Since they weigh less, the nutrient content is actually concentrated.

When drying fruits at home, never use a temperature over 140 degrees F. Higher temperatures dry and harden the outside, trapping moisture on the inside. While in storage, the trapped moisture will spread throughout the whole fruit and will eventually cause mold to form.




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