Make a cordial by tossing those dried fruits with some nuts or other spices into some vodka or brandy and let it infuse. In a few weeks, strain and add some simple sugar syrup to taste. You’ll have something delightful for sipping near the fire in the winter and on the porch in the summer.
ake a smoothie with raisins and apples for a sweet treat without added sweeteners.
Steep dried apples in hot water for an herbal tea.
Dried Fruit Pies
Pie doesn’t have to be reserved for fresh fruit, canned filling, or frozen fruit. There are plenty of variations of pie that use dried fruits for a tasty winter treat.
Use a mixture of dried fruits for a lovely, homemade pie sure to please.
Dried apricot pie was a standard among the pioneers of the west.
Beyond tossing some dried fruit onto salad, using them in savory dishes isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. Still there’s no shortage of savory dried fruit recipe inspiration to be found.
Fix an easy main dish by stuffing chicken breasts with goat cheese and dried cranberries.
Braise a brisket with dried figs for a slow-cooked hearty meal.
Pack lunch with this salad that includes beets and prunes for a crunchy change to the standard green salad.
Simmer that dried fruit in a little honey and water, toss in some vanilla and other spices. Cook gently until the fruit is supple. Serve over shortcakes, pancakes, pound cake, ice cream and more. It’s good all by it self with a little yogurt or whipped cream, too.
For an interesting and different twist on dessert and a change from the dried fruit muffins or cookies for dessert try making pudding with dried fruits.
Dried Fruits Jam
Get your jam on even in the middle of a blizzard. Dried fruits simmered with sugar and spice make delightful jams and gifts, too
Combine dried figs with meyer lemons and walnuts for a conserve that’s delightful with cheese or on toast.
If the urge to make jam hits in the middle of winter, use dried apricots for a flavorful jam perfect for keeping and giving.
Cranberry raisin jam is a great way to make gifts from winter fruits and dried fruits.
Can Dogs Eat Dried Fruit?
While it might feel unconventional or bizarre, dried fruit is a quick source of vitamins, fiber, and minerals for your dog – just as it is for humans! If you’re wanting to reward your precious pet with a healthy treat, dried fruit has our vote
Dried mangoes are not only safe, non-toxic choices for your dog, but they also contain all-natural sugars which will give your pet an energy boost – perfect for playtime
Can dogs eat dried pineapple? the answer is YES! That being said, as with mango, only feed your pet dried pineapple if it’s 100% natural, meaning no additives or ingredients you don’t recognize.
Where Should You Buy Dried Fruit for Your Dog?
Again, several dried fruit brands tend to sneak in extra sugar and additives that go against everything we’ve mentioned above. So, how can you ensure you’re really getting completely natural dried fruit? Simply check the ingredients!