How To Store Dried Medjool Dates

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Mar. 11, 2011

You must have used medjool dates at some time or the other in your cooking! How do you store these dates? This is one of the common problems of many homemakers who love to use these dried dates, but do not know the right way of storing them. The main problem occurs when they buy these dates in bulk (sometimes due to cheap rates and at times due to unavailability), but when they face the task to store dried medjool dates, they are completely clueless.


Storing medjool dates is not difficult, but in most cases, we face problems ue to lck of know how of storage.  These  dates can  be used in muffins, breads, cakes, cookie recipes and also with goat cheese before you bake them hence it is worth storing. Here are some tips, which shall help you to store these dates.


To store dried medjool dates you will need a food storage container with a very tight lid, a masking tape and a writing utensil.


To start the process of storing dried medjool dates, you should take a container which has an air-tight lid. If the lid is not air-tight, air will seep in and shall soil the dates. In "fid":"544202","viewmode":"wysiwyg","fields":"format":"wysiwyg","type":"media","attributes":"alt":"","title":"Airtight dry container for storing medjool dates","style":"margin: 3px width: 300px float: right height: 300px","class":"media-element file-wysiwyg"case, you do not have an airtight container at home or you are not sure if your container is actually air-tight or not, it is best to buy a container from your local supermarket where they are easily available.


Now, you can pour all the dates into this storage container and seal the lid tightly. In case you are using an old container and you have just washed it before using, you need to ensure that the container is well dried inside or else the moisture will spoil the dates. Take a dry cloth or a napkin and slowly clean the inner surface of the container so that every bit of moisture is sucked out from the cloth. The idea is to seal the container tightly and not allow air or moisture to seep in which will destroy the crunchiness of the dates.


You should always write the storage date on the container so that you have a ready reference and you know how long you have stored the dates. You can use a freezer tape to write and then press it carefully on the container, which will be your reference.


Last, but not the least, remember to store dried medjool dates container in a dry place which is cool and away from direct sunlight. It is best to keep the container in a cupboard or even  in the dry are of pantry where they can stay fresh for at least six months. If you plan to store it fresh for a year or more, you can keep it in the refrigerator. 


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