Date Tips

No no. This is not a post on how to find your soulmate while traversing the world of dating. This is simply a post about the fruit. Y’all can calm down now.

  • - Choose dates with a shiny skin. Avoid very shriveled dates, or dates with sugar crystals on the skin.
  • - Dried dates should be firm, but not hard.
  • - Avoid dried dates that are excessively syrupy.
  • - 1 lb. of unpitted dates will convert to about 2 1/2 cups of pitted and chopped dates
  • - Dried dates can be stored, wrapped, at room temperature for 6 months, give or take a couple of weeks.
  • - Dried dates will keep for up to a year, refrigerated.
  • - To seperate dried dates stuck together, you can microwave at medium power for 30 – 60 seconds. Cool for one minute before seperating.
  • - You can also flour the dates to seperate quickly.
  • - If chopping dates, use a pair of scissors in place of a knife. You’ll have better control and the dates clump less on scissors.
  • - To make date sugar, arrange sliced dates on a baking sheet and bake at 450° for 10 to 15 minutes, or until very dry and hard as rocks. Grind or process in a food processor to make sugar.

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