Dried fruits are very versatile and have a long-lasting shelf life. They are naturally convenient and can be used even when their fresh equivalents would be out of season. Their lengthy shelf life and high nutritional value make them a popular favorite with parents and fitness enthusiasts who want quality snacks they can take with them wherever they go. However, knowing how to properly store your dried fruits after the packaging is open is very important.
Do Dried Fruits Ever Expire?
Because of how they are preserved, dried fruits can be kept for a very long time, even if you store them in your pantry. At Sunrise Fresh, we recommend storying any opened bags of dried fruit in the refrigerator, even when properly re-sealed. With proper storage, you can keep opened packages of Sunrise Fresh dried fruits in your pantry for up to 18 months. In your refrigerator, you may be able to keep them for up to two years. Freezing them in an airtight container will allow you to keep them indefinitely.
Do Dried Fruits Lose Their Nutrients?
The dehydration process may cause fruits to lose some of their nutrients. Vitamins A, B, and C are commonly the most affected, and some of the minerals. For the most part, however, dried fruits retain the majority of their nutrients. They also maintain all of their fiber content which makes them extremely beneficial for digestion and maintaining regularity.