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Posted by: eva b., Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 3:30pm
All the raising I can buy in the health food shop are coated in "vegetable oil"....on enquiry I discovered it is either sunflower or palm oil.

It's impossible to get raisins without this wretched oil coating - would soaking them in boiling water wash off enough of it so it didn't matter?  what does everyone think?

I've looked everywhere, and even Crazy Jacks (who don't coat their other dried fruit) coat their raisins in wretched sunflower....grrrrrrrrr :(
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 3:59pm; Reply: 1
try soaking them all night in acidulated water, then drain.....
they ll be pretty reconstituted though.....
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 4:52pm; Reply: 2
How dare they do that business to a perfectly good food!!   ::)

Lola's advice is the only option I see also for those local raisins.  Could you order from the internet?
Posted by: eva b., Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 5:36pm; Reply: 3
Quoted from Lola
try soaking them all night in acidulated water, then drain.....
they ll be pretty reconstituted though.....


thanks, Lola...what is acidulated water though? ??)  water with lemon juice?
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 6:16pm; Reply: 4
What about raisins in the regular "non health food" stores? In the USA at least, raisins are the one food that's easy to find without any additives- most dried fruits add sulfur dioxide, but not raisins. And I'm pretty sure that boxed raisins are just raisins, with nothing added.

Of course, I know that different things are available in the UK than in the USA, but I think it's still worth checking out what's available in a regular grocery store. For this one particular item, you may find a "purer" form in the grocery.
Posted by: Brighid45, Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 6:38pm; Reply: 5
Eva--you can rinse the raisins but the hot water (hot gets the oil off better than cold) will make them plump up again, as Lola noted. Just spread them in a single layer on a clean baking sheet or on some parchment and let them re-dry in the oven on the 'warm' setting, or in a warm dry area. Keep an eye on them so they don't get too crispy :)

Most of the brands here have oil added to them, mainly to keep them moist. Even the organic ones do. It's a pain, but probably not going to change in the forseeable future.

I have tried making my own raisins with seedless red grapes, and they weren't half bad. Expensive though!  :P
Posted by: Wholefoodie, Thursday, November 12, 2009, 2:44am; Reply: 6
I just checked two different brands of organic raisins I have in the pantry and thankfully, the only ingredient is organic raisins. They are Paul Newman's Own, and Wegmans.

I wouldn't be too happy if there was anthing else in there especially since I just discovered my pure vanilla extract has corn syrup added! Never even thought to look at that one!
Posted by: bel, Thursday, November 12, 2009, 6:19am; Reply: 7
Sunmaid rasins are all natural and sun-dried :) no oil added! my favourtie snack :)
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Thursday, November 12, 2009, 9:59am; Reply: 8
I have the same problem with dry cranberries and the best dark organic raisins are also covered in sunflower seed oil.
I use hot water and dry in a kitchen towel.
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