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Old 09-29-2007, 06:41 PM   #1
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Fresh Dates

Does anyone know what to do with them other then just eat them raw?
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Old 09-29-2007, 06:49 PM   #2
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Old 09-29-2007, 07:54 PM   #3
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I've never had fresh dates. I would have to told what to do with them also.
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Old 09-29-2007, 08:16 PM   #4
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OK, I give - what are the dates boughten in the store compared to fresh? Guess I never thought about it. Love date drop cookies !
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Old 09-29-2007, 08:33 PM   #5
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The dates I think of when I think "fresh" dates are found in stores in the fall.
So starting now say through November would be a good time to find them maybe in produce departments. The type I see are the Medjool Dates. I warn you, if you buy some you will eat the whole package without stopping!
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Old 09-29-2007, 09:29 PM   #6
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We've never gotten them before, but picked them up today and cut into them. we put them in a salad through recommendations found on the internet and I was wondering what else you can put them in.
Have you ever tried them in any recipes? if so please post em we'd love to try them
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Old 09-29-2007, 09:30 PM   #7
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I use them to sweeten smoothies instead of honey or sugar. Sometimes I just stuff them with almond butter, tahini, a raw almond, etc. and serve as a treat. Some stuff them with cream cheese that has been softened. If you have any raw uncookbooks there are plenty of recipes using them. I get mine from a place in Arizona. I just call the guy up and tell him what I want and he ships them to me. I order the medjools and they are to die for.

Here's an easy recipe:

Date - Coconut Logs (recipe by Rhonda Malkmus)

2 cups organic dates
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

Use the "S" blade of a food processor and grind dates until a dough-like consistency is reached. Be sure to pit the dates and remove the caps. Wet your hands and shape into logs and roll in coconut.
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Old 09-29-2007, 09:41 PM   #8
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hmmm, ok heres a question, when we cut into our fresh dates they looked like the inside of a green apple. the outside is dark brown/purple, is this right? are they ripe?
also, I looked up 'medjools' on google images and they looked wrinkled (like the dried dates) are they fresh?
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I don't think the dates I get are dried, but medjools are a little wrinkley. I never saw the inside looking like the inside of a green apple. If you want, I could give you the name and phone # of the guy I order mine from in AZ. I need to place an order soon as I am running out. I usually order 15# worth and divvy them up into small containers and freeze until needed.
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Old 09-29-2007, 10:16 PM   #10
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hmmm, I'll have to look around for medjool dates.
I don't know if we'd end up ordering but thanks for the offer of the #
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