Unique Uses for Dried Fruit
Dried fruit is a yummy snack or addition to any meal. But there are also lots of out-of-the-box (or should we say “out-of-the-bag”) ways to use dried fruit. Traina® Home Grown offers the following ideas for ways to use and enjoy dried fruit.
Rehydrate it — Dried fruit can be reconstituted by allowing it to steep in boiling water (or juice) for about 15 minutes, then straining it. It will retain the liquid, giving the once-dried fruit a plump, juicy texture.
Jam it Out — Because dried fruit maintains such an intense flavor of its fresh counterparts, it makes a delicious result for homemade jellies, jams and preserves. Get creative by adding spices and flavorings to customize a homemade jam like never before!
Add it to Fruit and Nut Butters — Jazz up apple or pumpkin butters with some chopped apple rings or dried cranberries. For those that like to experiment with homemade nut butters, adding a handful of Traina® Home Grown fruitons® to a nut butter such as cashew butter or almond butter can add some incredible flavor and texture. Or simply give Traina’s recipe for Peanut Butter and fruitons® Dried Fruit Spread a go!
Toss it into Bread Recipes — Dried fruits are right at home in muffins and scones – but what about bread? The Traina family gives that a hard yes! Why not add a sweet twist to savory homemade bread with the addition of dried fruit? Or give Traina’s Mediterranean Savory Loaf with Sun Dried Tomatoes or Date Nut Biscuits a try!
Make a Night Cap — Infusing vodka or one’s favorite liquor with dried fruit can take the flavor to a whole new level. Simply put some dried fruit into some vodka (or libation of choice!) and let it steep for a few weeks. After that, strain out the fruit and add some sweetener (such as simple syrup) as desired. Then enjoy a specialty cocktail or sip the result all by itself! For those that prefer a non-alcoholic sipper, make some delicious fall tea by steeping dried apples or pears in hot water, then adding spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice to taste.
The Traina family encourages home cooks and chefs alike to have fun creating “out of the bag” ways to enjoy dried fruit this fall. Of course, there is nothing wrong with simply enjoying a handful of Traina Home grown dried fruit varieties straight out of the bag!