Dessert doesn't get any simpler than this and that's a fact in my book. I like to keep dates on hand most of the time just so I have something sweet and satisfying to reach for on an as-needed basis... a treat I can make fast enough to satisfy those cravings but not able to reach for without having to do at least something. This way I don't end up eating it non-stop like I will cookies or any other sweet treats on hand.
How to Store Dates
Contrary to what you may think, Medjool dates aren't dried; they're fresh fruit! Still, though, they have quite the shelf life. In the cupboard, I've had mine for as long as two months and they never turned. In the refrigerator, they can last anywhere from six to 12 months! I find that if I store them in the fridge, I end up eating them almost every day so I try to keep them in my cupboard instead. Out of sight. Out of mind.
If you see a white powder on your dates, I promise, they're not moldy! Mold will always be fuzzy and easily distinguishable. It's actually just the natural sugars rising to the surface of the skin. I swear the darker they are and the more "powdery" they look, the sweeter and gooier they taste.
Where to Find Dates in the Grocery Store
Usually, I find them randomly in the produce section. At Whole Foods, I often find them in or near the bulk bins. And at Trader Joe's they're kept in the produce section in the cooler along the wall. And oftentimes they're with the dried fruits and nuts (even though, again, Medjool dates are technically fresh).
What to Do if You Only Find Dried Dates
Medjool dates are my favorite type because they're plump, juicy, and super moist. But occasionally, you'll find that you have to settle for a tougher dried dates variety. If that happens, soak the dates in warm filtered water for about fifteen minutes and proceed as usual.
These Stuffed Dates Are...
... Juicy and oh-so-plump
... Naturally sweet
... And oh-so-easy to make
So tell me, just how good are these?!