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Nov 3, 2007 12:31 PM

Salvaging Raisins on the Hard Side

Sunmaid packages a bag of assorted raisins in a pouch that I like. However, sometimes when I buy them, they are so very soft and delicious, and other times, not so soft and even sometimes sort of hard. I wrote to Sunmaid about this and they claimed that they harden up if they are not stored properly. I know my grocery store gets new shipments in regularly so it's not old bags I'm buying. Perhaps it's the heat of South Florida? In any event, any ideas for bringing the softness back? I know you can plump raisins; but I always thought that was more for baking purposes as opposed to readying them to eat out of hand.

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  1. zook, you can re-plump your raisins by steaming them over some boiling water for a few minutes. Pat dry gently with paper towels, allow a bit of cooling time (unless you like hot raisins) and enjoy!

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    1. re: diablo

      Thanks so much for the speedy reply and tip. Just tried it and it worked like a charm.

      1. re: diablo

        just came to the bottom of a package of raisins and found the raisin so hard I couldn't remove them from the box. I wrote to Sun Maid and also called Walgreens about the raisins and they offered to let me return the two boxes that I recently purchased. Maybe I should wait until I hear from Sun Maid, before returning them.

      2. Yes you can plump them back, try plcing in an airtighjt container with a half of an apple. See if that helps, or even a short few minuties of steam to get some softness back.

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        1. re: Quine

          an apple works, as does a slice or two of white moist bread.

          you can also place them in a microwave alongside a bowl of water.

          1. re: Emme

            If you don't have apple or white bread handy, I find a wet paper towel in a sealed container for a couple of days works well too.

        2. I mix a handful of raisins with a splash of red wine vinegar, pour over almost boiling water, and leave to soak for 20 min before tossing in salads. The vinegar totally tones down the sweetness, making a nice sweet-sour surprise amongst the salad leaves. Got the idea from Zuni roast chicken salad.