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They are wonderful; delicious, chewy and tangy yums. They are relatively inexpensive, especially if purchased in bulk. They are available year roundDried fruit is fruit that has been dried, either naturally or through use of a machine, such as a dehydrator. Dried apricots are pitted, unpeeled apricot halves that have had a large percentage of the moisture removed. They're usually treated with sulfur dioxide to preserve their color.
Chopped dried apricots
Chop apricots with a sharp knife. Oil the blade of the knife to chop easily.
Deseeded dried apricots
Cut the apricot into half with a sharp knife. Remove the seeds and use them accordingly.
Dried apricot puree
Take 1 cup dried apricots, as per recipe requirement and soak the dried apricots in luke warm water for 20 to 25 minutes or till soft. Put the apricots in a blender and blend till smooth using approx. 1 to 2 tbsp of water to get a smooth puree. This will yield approx. 3/4 cup of puree.
Sliced dried apricots
Cut the apricot into half with a sharp knife. Remove the seeds. Slice them thinly or thickly as required.
Soaked dried apricots
Soak the apricots in warm water for 15 mins. Drain them as they become soft. Dry the same in shelter. Can be used to make sauces, dessert, puree etc.
How to Select
Purchase it from a well known grocery shop, to ensure good quality dried apricot.
· Dried fruit is often added to baking mixes and breakfast cereals.
· Also used in milk shakes, salads and fresh fruit ice-cream
How to Store
Dried fruit has a long shelf life and therefore can provide a good alternate to fresh fruit, allowing out of season fruits to be available. Drying is a good way to preserve fruit in the absence of refrigeration.
They are one of the best natural sources of Vitamin A, especially when dried. Vitamin A is also needed for good sight; insufficient amounts can cause night blindness, impair sight and increase susceptibility to colds and other illnesses.
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