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How do you store dried dates and do you recommend a type of date or dried fig?


Q. Can you freeze dried dates? If so how long? Dried figs?I am single and don’t like buying the large bags of figs and dates. What are your feelings on the bulk dates? Is one type of date or dried figs better than another? Thank you for your help. Mary Anne


A. Dates should be kept in an air-tight container and can be stored at room temperature or refrigerated up to 6 months, and frozen for up to 1 year. If purchasing dates in bulk meets your personal needs, you may opt to refrigerate or freeze any excess dates.


The deglet noor date is widely available in grocers while the medjool date is highly prized for its taste and texture. Popular varieties of dried figs include Turkish, mission, and California. They are all delicious and have similar nutrition profiles.



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