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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Make your own raisins

The great way of preserving some of your very ripe grapes is by sun drying them to produce raisins.

The traditional way of doing this in Cyprus, is to mix wood ash and olive oil in hot water and dip bunches of sweetened grapes into the mixture before drying in the sun. 

Hang the bunches to dry, but cover with a breathable cloth to deter insects. Leave your grapes outside in the sun for about a month to fully dehydrate. Once dry cut them from the bunch but leave a little bit of stalk on each otherwise you will leave a hole for bacteria to enter. Wash the raisins to remove any dirt and dust and allow to dry. Store your raisins in an airtight container and rehydrate in hot water before use.

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