Know how long does dried fruit last
If you store fruits at 60ºf, they will stay good for up to 1 year. But at 80ºf, you can keep them for 6 months. And always check the packages even if they’re stored in a cool and dark place. Because moisture and heat-changes can affect their quality. Keep them dry, cool, and store them on moisture-free packaging.
Now I’m going to be giving you a few tips on storing dried fruits that you may not use right away. So you want to keep them for future use and store them into medium to long term storage.
Tips Storing Dried Fruits
I usually use a mylar bag and Ziploc bags. You can also use a Ziploc mylar bag with a gusseted bottom; they’re great. They’re much stronger than regular ziplock bags. They have a perfect seal. So that if you want to go in and out of the bag periodically, it’s easy to do so.
But I want to give you two things that I’ve learned since doing this. Mylar is good because light does not get through, so food doesn’t degrade due to sunlight. It doesn’t protect from heat, but it does protect from moisture and from bug infestation. So if you put an oxygen absorber on the inside, that will extend the life even longer. It’s a perfect thing to do.
I just prefer the ones with the gusseted bottom and the Ziploc. You don’t have to get the Ziploc version; you can only get the top and heat seal with a flat iron or something like that. But I like to reuse mine, and I want to go in and out of them occasionally. So I like the zip blocks for that.
But the point I wanted to let you all know is that once you put your food inside and your oxygen absorber, that’s the top. The only thing that protects your food from the outside is the plastic ziplock itself. Apparently, plastic over time will permeate through the plastic ziplock.
So if you really want to keep what’s in here suitable for a long, long time, you want a heat seal on the top as well. And then when you’re ready to use it. Cut across the top now you can still use the bag again.
But just remember that it won’t be as protected as if the top was heat sealed. It will always give a longer life than a regular plastic bag. It’s a good idea to tick to tuck the oxygen absorber deep into the food, not near the opening. So there you go, a quick and easy way to store your dried fruits.