Other names: زبيب, Dried Grapes
Translations: Rozīne, Razinų, Stafidă, Grožđica, Nho khô, Rodzynek, Rozijn, किशमिश, Uva passa, Изюм, Σταφίδα, زبيب, 건포도, Hrozinka, Суво грожђе, Pasas, 葡萄干, Passa, Rozina, Hrozienka, Uva passa, צמוק, Russin, Kismis, レーズン, Rosine, Rosin, Rosin, Pasa, Ізюм, Rusina, Стафида
dried sweet grapes
Colors: brown, dark purple to black
Food complements: Cabbage, Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, Swiss chard, Kale and broccolirabe, Salads, Couscous, Pasta, Sauces
Wine complements: Cakebread cellars sauvignon blanc
Beverage complements: Rum, Orange liqueurs
Substitutes: Other fruits that are itted, Chopped dates, Prunes, Or dried cranberries.
Selecting and Buying
Seasonality: january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, opctober, november, december
Choosing: Most raisins are sold in boxes or packages you cannot see through so it is difficult to judge freshness by the eye. However, most boxes can be squeezed so you can get some idea of how fresh the product is. Choose the product that submits to pressure. Shake the box or container and avoid any that rattle loudly, an indication the raisins have dried out too much.
Buying: Most raisins are sold in boxes in supermarkets and grocery stores
Procuring: Most raisins are dried naturally by the sun right in the vineyards, although some are mechanically dehydrated. Once sun-dried, a process taking two to four weeks, they are then graded, cleaned, and packed. Some raisins are kept golden in color by the use of sulfur dioxide (sulfites).
Preparation and Use
Raisins may be eaten raw or used in cooking and baking.
Cleaning: As they age, be sure to examine them carefully for insect infestation before using.
Conserving and Storing
Seal raisins in an airtight container or bag and store in a cool, dark place. Most kitchen cabinets are too warm. A month on the shelf is maximum, after which they begin to dry out, darken, and lose vitamins.
Refrigeration is recommended for storage longer than a month. Under refrigeration in a properly sealed container, raisins can last 6 months to 1 year.