Soaking organic dried fruit

November 29, 2010 10:57 am Published by 10 Comments

In the middle of winter it’s nice to have a taste of summer! What could be better, you might think, than an apricot crumble? But with apricots out of season, you’ll have to use organic dried apricots instead. Using organic dried fruit ensures that you don’t eat pesticide residues on the skin of the fruit.


Here’s how to soak dried fruit, ready to use.

Place your dried apricots, or any other dried fruit such as figs, in a mixing bowl, cover with lukewarm water and stir gently with a spoon, making sure that all the dried fruit is covered. Cover the bowl, transfer to the refrigerator and let the fruit soak up the water (this could take a couple of hours). When the fruit is plumped up, drain off the excess water and use the fruit immediately. Keep the discarded water, though – you can use it as an exercise drink.
You can warm them gently and simmer for a few minutes to use in fruit puddings, or have cold with yoghurt.

For an alternative to crumble, you could use the Crazy Jack ready to eat soft dried apricots and follow the recipe on our website for apricot crumble squares.

For our full range of organic dried fruit, click here.

We love Organic Apricots



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  • Dee says:

    If you are soaking it to clean it why would you keep the water you soaked it in to use a different way? That makes no sense to me.

  • Lyn says:

    Same comment as above .. We were just told that dried fruit is dirty, especially bulk sold, so one should always wash it. Then they linked us to this site telling us how to wash dried fruit. But, then here they tell use to save this dirty water and to drink it as an exercise drink. This makes no sense to me. Who is writing this garbage and where did they go to school? ????

  • Jacqueline says:

    Is it suggested to soak rains and cranberries too?

  • krista says:

    wash dried fruit???clean it???oh my – that’s hilarious!
    i was searching for someone who drinks the soaked water because— its full of the vitamins.
    thank you for keeping it real.

    • Yzanne says:

      We’ve recently had a run of comments on this very old blog – perhaps it’s time to explain it a little further! The blog doesn’t refer to ‘washing’ your dried fruit, but to ‘soaking’ it. Our dried fruit is sold in a dehydrated or air-dried form: it can sometimes be a little tough. Many people like to soak it in water for some time, so that it plumps up a little. The water you’ve used to soak it in can be drunk, if you so desire. It won’t harm you – we’re talking about ORGANIC fruit in this blog, so there are no pesticide residues on it.

      Thanks to everyone who’s taken the trouble to reply!

  • Tai says:

    You write a natural food blog but you naively think that organic means no pesticides? Then I have no faith in your content.

    Other than pesticides there may also be dust, mild, whatever. The best way is to wash and then soak.

    • Yzanne says:

      Hi Tai,

      I’m afraid you’ve stumbled across an old blog, which as you say, is incorrect. Organic production MAY use a very limited range of non-petroleum-based pesticides. These will be based on natural ingredients (and the fruit will also have been cleaned before it arrives from our wholesalers). If you have any concerns at all, you should obviously wash your fruit.

      Thanks for alerting us to this!

      Best wishes,

      Yzanne Mackay
      Writer and Editor
      Naturally Good Food

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