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How are raisins made?

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WANT TO LEARN HOW IT STAYS DRY? THE PROCESS IS SIMPLE!

The raisin is definitely not unanimous. Despite having many connoisseurs, there are those who do not support this food either. Perhaps for not having tried all the possible combinations of this delicacy. This dried fruit combines perfectly with salads, is essential for lovers of traditional Panettone, in addition to giving a touch of sophistication to rice.

Despite the controversy regarding the taste of raisins, its production generates curiosity in both those who love and those who hate this dried fruit. Would you like to understand how the raisin production process is? Then read this article to the end.

After being picked from the vines, the grape is placed on top of a mesh, similar to the process of drying coffee. The chosen grapes, in general, are those that are healthy, however, they are outside the aesthetic standards of the market in important attributes, such as size and color, but when they go through the process of transformation into raisins, these fruits can be reused, avoid waste, and generate value for producers again.

The grapes are kept in an appropriate place so that they stay dry, a process that lasts, on average, two to three weeks, depending on the temperature. The grape must be exposed to the sun over its entire surface, so that drying is complete. In this process, the fruit becomes darker, even if its variety is light. To know if the drying is over, you don’t need any special equipment, just the use of your hands, which when touching the fruit should notice if there is still juice in it, or if the grape is completely dry.

The drying process for raisins to remain pale (or yellowish) is more complex. In this case, sun drying is discarded, and the grapes are taken to the ovens.

The fruits are rinsed and a product to remove the oil from its outer skin is applied to the grape, which allows it to dehydrate more efficiently. From this point, the fruits are placed in plastic containers and these, in turn, are placed in chambers so that the fruits are subjected to sulfur dioxide, which maintains the original color of the grapes. After that, finally, the fruits go to the ovens. The temperature in these ovens normally reaches levels greater than 50 degrees. Depending on the heat of the day (and the oven), the drying time for clear raisins can take around 90 hours.

At the end, the grapes, whether light or dark, are separated by their dimensions, kidneyed, centrifuged and, finally, chosen. A device that uses a laser beam and another device that uses an X-ray detect imperfections. Finishing the process, the raises are manually selected and packaged for sale.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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