How to soak dried fruit

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How to soak dried fruit
Soaking dried fruit softens it for use in dessert fillings. (dried fruit and nuts image by Alison Bowden from

Dried fruit, such as grapes, cranberries and plums, has all of its moisture removed in order to make it last longer and not require refrigeration. You can eat dried fruit as is, adding it to trail mix, sprinkling it on salads and simply eating it alone as a snack. To use it in fillings, such as for pies and cobblers, you'll want to soak dried fruit to restore its moisture and soften its texture. The proper liquid-to-dried fruit ratio will moisten the fruit without making it soggy and flavourless.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 cups dried fruit
  • Large bowl
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • Spoon
  • Cling film
  • Colander
  • Paper towel

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  1. 1

    Place 2 cups of dried fruit into a large bowl.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 cup of lukewarm water into the bowl over the dried fruit.

  3. 3

    Stir the dried fruit gently with a spoon. Make sure all of the pieces of dried fruit are evenly coated with water. If necessary, add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lukewarm water to the bowl and stir it to evenly moisten the fruit.

  4. 4

    Cover the bowl loosely with cling film. Transfer the bowl into your refrigerator and let the dried fruit soak for about two hours or until the fruit is moist and slightly plumped.

  5. 5

    Place a colander in your sink and empty the contents of the bowl into it. Allow all excess water to drain from the fruit, then pat it dry with a paper towel and use the hydrated fruit immediately as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • To add a more complex flavour to rehydrated fruit, use fruit liqueur or juice instead of water.
  • Always maintain a ratio of 2 cups of fruit to 1 cup of liquid to prevent the fruit from getting soggy.
  • Never leave soaking fruit unattended to soak for any longer than absolutely necessary to just soften it or else it can become mushy and bland.

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