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To prevent raisins from sticking to a food chopper, soak them for a few minutes in cold water.

Controlled, cool storage is the best way to keep raisins. Raisins will retain color, flavor and nutritional value for up to five months if stored at 45° F or less.

To maintain optimum freshness, keep raisins sealed in an airtight container in the refrigerator or in your coolest storage area.

Raisins freeze well for long periods of time. They also thaw quickly at room temperature.

When raisins become dry or when a recipe calls for plumped raisins, cover the amount needed with very hot tap water and soak for two to five minutes. (Do not soak any longer than five minutes. Flavor and important nutrients can be lost.)

To chop raisins, use a lightly oiled knife or blade.

Raisins keep cookies and cakes moist. Chopped raisins impart a full flavor to baked goods. Add whole, sliced, or chopped raisins to muffins, breads, cookies, and other desserts.

Nutrition Information

    • Raisins are low in fat and sodium, but high in carbohydrates for a quick pick-me-up snack.

    • 1/4 cup of dried uncooked raisins provides 1 serving from the FRUIT GROUP of the Food Guide Pyramid.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size ¼ cup (36 g) uncooked raisins
Amount Per Serving & % Daily Value*

    • Calories 108
    • Fat Cal 1
    • Total Fat 0.1g 0%
    • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
    • Sodium 4mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate 28g 9%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 0%
    • Protein 1g
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 1%
    • Calcium 1%
    • Iron 1%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

From the California Raisin Marketing Board and Food & Nutrition Service, USDA



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