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Apr 13, 2007 06:13 AM

brown dried apricots - can I do anything with them?

So I asked my husband to buy some dried apricots for my passover compote. Instead of bringing me the pretty orange packaged ones, he got some from the bins in the natural foods section of our grocery store. They are unsulfured and had turned an ugly brown. I didn't use them in the compote, they would have been too ugly. But I hate to throw them away. I braved a taste of one and it didn't seem like it had gone bad. So is there anything I can do with them?

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  1. They're just like orange apricots, except for the color. They don't turn brown - they are brown to start with. The sulfured apricots are treated to remain the light color they have before drying. Unsulfured ones are a bit sweeter. Try using them in homemade granola, or in cookies! I'm fond of chopped up apricots and walnuts in brownies, too.

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    1. re: Anne in Sweden

      I load my oatmeal cookies up with chopped apricots and dried cherries. They stay really moist and chewy because of the fruit, and they have a unique, exotic flavor.

    2. as stated above, they are the color they should be. the bright orange ones have been treated. your husband did a nice thing. :)

      dried apricots are lovely in muffins and quick breads. you can also use them in stuffing for pork or chicken.

      1. Thank you for the suggestions. I had no idea that's how they were supposed to look! A quick bread sounds like the perfect solution. I'll make a nice dark one so the kids won't notice the bits of brown apricot. Or maybe some oatmeal spice cookies. I'm glad to have choices for what to do with them... besides tossing them!

        1. I chop up all kinds of dried fruits and add it to orzo pasta (or cous cous), with some toasted pine nuts and fresh parsley, along with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.

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          1. re: nancyhudson

            I heartily second this; it's my favorite use for dried apricots, and a great way to use up the odds and ends of dried fruits that can accumulate in the pantry. It's nice with chopped fresh mint, too.

            1. re: Mint Chip

              Ooooh! We love lentil soup, so I think that will be dinner tomorrow. That, and some multi-fruited oatmeal cookies for dessert! Thanks for the great suggestions.