Dried fruit is so nice to have around for cooking and baking. They take very little space to store and can add a lot of nutrition to your dishes. Here are a few tips that can make them easier to cook with:
1. If you like to use a food processor to chop your dried fruit, partially freeze the dried fruit before processing, and use the pulse button, with quick on/off pulses, to chop.
2. To keep dried fruit from sticking to your sharp knife when chopping, sprinkle a small amount of flour over the fruit first.
3. Squirting a small amount of lemon juice over your dried fruit before chopping in the food processor will help to keep the fruit from sticking to the metal blade.
4. Before adding dried pieces of fruit to your baking, sprinkle with a small amount of flour. This keeps the fruit from sticking together in your batter.
My favorite things to use dried fruit in is oatmeal, granola, muffins and scones, cookies and trail mix. Also a great snack on their own!