If you need to use raisins or dried cranberries to cook or bake with, plump them first. They get softer, tastier and juicier.
The Easiest Way to Soften Any Dried Fruit
Soaking raisins or other dried fruits, will re-hydrate them before folding them into the batter or using them for stuffing, or garnishes for yogurt, cereal or soups.
The plumping process enhances the flavor of the driest fruits (raisins, cranberries) while making them both softer and juicier.
To give your fruit some extra flavor, swap the water for fruit juice or a liquor, like rum, bourbon, or brandy.
The plumping process is very simple, and works on any kind of dried fruit.
Put your dried fruit in a small bowl and cover with boiling water (orange juice). Let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes, and then strain the fruit and discard the water.
Use them for snacks, salad toppings or baking.
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