BUYING DRIED FRUITS

How to choose, eat and store dried fruits?

Tip 1—Choose your dried fruits for safety

Choose commercially-packaged dried fruits. Avoid loose or home-packaged products.

Check the manufacturing date and the best by date. As a rule of thumb, choose products that are newly-produced, with a nice, round shape, and even in size, thickness, and moistureness.

Avoid dried fruit with additives. This can be told from their color, smell and taste. Good-quality dried fruits are nicely shaped, evenly colored and textured, with a natural fragrance.

Tip 2—Store your dried fruits for longer

Keep in a dry environment. Dried fruits do not become damp that quickly in a dry environment. A sunlit and airy room is a nice choice. Put the fruits in a plastic bag before you store them.

Sealed in a glass jar. Store the fruits in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. A glass jar is better than a plastic one as glass is stable and does not give off toxins. Make sure it is clean and dry before you put the fruits in.

Put in some tea leaves. Tea leaves absorb moisture so that your dried fruits don't become damp easily. Don't put too many in. A small pinch according to how many fruits you have should be enough.

Use desiccants when necessary. If you need to store a larger amount of dried fruits, you might want to use desiccants. Keep them away from children as desciccants are inedible.

Keep in the fridge. When the room temperature is high in summer, seal the fruits and keep them in the fridge. Try to reduce their contact with air or moisture. Do not store them with food with a strong-flavor such as spring onions, garlics, aromatic fruits, and/or seafood.

buying dried fruits