DOLE® Raisins are 100% natural and are "spa-pampered" for a plumper, moister raisin. We use sweet, juicy grapes that are gently spa-treated to become DOLE Raisins. First, the grapes are bathed in warm water and then laid on wooden trays. After drying in warm flowing air, the raisins are washed again and then packed for freshness.
Try the DOLE difference versus sun dried.
How to Store
Before opening, store DOLE Raisins in a cool, dry place. After opening, close the bag or canister tightly and, for best results, store in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life of the product once the seal has been broken. However, even on the pantry shelf, the product should remain fresh until the "Best if Used By Date."
When chopping with a knife or chopper, grease the blade lightly with vegetable oil to prevent the fruit from sticking to it. You also can freeze raisins first to make them easier to chop.
When baking with raisins, dredge them lightly in flour before adding them to the batter or dough to keep them from sinking to the bottom of the pan. Or, mix half the fruit into the batter and sprinkle the rest on top once the mixture is poured into the baking pan.
Be sure to evaluate whether it's necessary to "re-hydrate" the fruit before submitting it to high temperatures for baking so the fruit doesn't become too dry or hard. Try using DOLE Raisins in your recipes. They are different from other raisins due to the unique "spa treatment" drying process, which results in plumper, moister raisins that are preferred by gourmet chefs.
However, if raisins have become dry and hard: place raisins in a small pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. OR, combine raisins with water in a medium bowl. Cover and microwave on High for 30 seconds. Let stand for 5 minutes.