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Buying, Storing and Use

Buying and storing

When purchasing, choose dates that are moist, plump and dark brown, with a shiny skin.  Avoid shriveled dates or those with mold or sugar crystals on the skin.

Store dates in an airtight container at room temperature.  Dates may be stored for six months to a year.

Purchase dates online from http://medjooldates.com/



Pit dates by cutting lengthwise and pulling out the pit.  Slice date lengthwise twice more and then chop each slice three or four times. 

Cut out any hard brown scars on the dates.  If the date is black inside do not use it.

When using in recipes with almond milk, combine chopped dates in the almond milk for several minutes to soften before blending.

If dates are dry and hard, soak them in water for a few minutes.  Drain water from dates before adding to other ingredients in the recipe.

In these recipes, dates are placed in a blender with sour almond milk or almond milk and other liquid ingredients and blended until pureed.