Food glossary

Mixed dried fruit

Mixed dried fruit

This is a ready-prepared combination of washed dried fruit. The mixture of sultanas, currants, raisins and orange and lemon peel is a convenient way of using a variety of fruits without having to buy individual ingredients. Luxury mixed fruit is also available, in addition to the fruit found in standard mixed fruit it contains glacé cherries, dried apricots and pineapple.

Uses: Dried fruits are a main ingredient in a range of cakes and puddings including Christmas cakes and puddings, mincemeat, fruit breads and fruit tarts. They can also be mixed with porridge oats and nuts to make home-made museli.

To store: Store in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. Once opened keep any unused fruit in the pack and store in an airtight container for up to 2 months (the fruit will dry out after any longer).

To use: If your recipe calls for chopped dried fruit, dip your knife in very hot water while cutting to prevent the fruits from sticking to the knife. To prevent dried fruits from sinking to the bottom of a fruit cake, toss the fruit in a little flour before adding to the cake mixture.