Raisins were produced as early as 2,000 B.C. in Persia and Egypt. Rich in antioxidants, low in sodium and cholesterol free, raisins can be used as a healthier substitute for cane sugar in a variety of food and dessert recipes. While using raisins instead of sugar imparts a slightly fruity flavor to food items, it is surprisingly minimal, and some recipes even benefit from the added flavor.
Things You'll Need
- Clean cutting board
- Large knife
- Vegetable oil
- Airtight container
- Dish soap
Place 1 cup of raisins on a clean cutting board.
Lightly oil the blade of a large knife with vegetable oil. The knife shouldn't be dripping, just coated enough so that the blade shines.
Chop the raisins as small as possible, cleaning and re-oiling your knife with vegetable oil if necessary. No large chunks should be left on the cutting board.
Transfer the raisins to a large airtight container.
Wash your knife with hot water and dish soap.
Repeat the procedure for the desired amount of raisins. A 15-oz. box of raisins should be chopped in two separate intervals. Avoid chopping more than 1 cup at a time.
Add 25 percent more of the chopped raisins than the recipe calls for in sugar. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, add 1 1/4 cups of finely chopped raisins in its place. Prepare the recipe as normal.
Tips & Warnings
- Vary the amount of chopped raisins used to replace sugar based on personal taste.
- Chopped raisins should be stored in an airtight container for no more than 90 days, as they tend to dry out and lose a bit of their flavor. Don't chop more raisins than you think you will need in that period of time.
- Photo Credit yellow raisins image by Vita Vanaga from Fotolia.com
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