Delicious California Raisin Recipes to Try!
California’s San Joaquin Valley is responsible for the production of 100% of all raisins grown in the United States! The fertile valley is home to over 200,000 acres of grapes that will eventually become raisins. The vast majority of raisins grown in the Golden State are sun-dried, although there is a bit of variance in the preferred method. Some growers prefer to harvest the grapes and then allow them to dry on paper trays in the vineyard, while others let the grapes dry on the vine. After the grapes have reached sufficient levels of dryness, they are then transported to a processing facility where they will be sorted, washed and packaged.
Raisins are one of many commodities in season year round in California. When kept in the pantry, raisins are at peak freshness for up to six months. Storing them in your fridge extends their lifespan to up to one year! That means you can enjoy California raisins all year long.
We’re sharing some of our favorite ways to enjoy this fabulous dried fruit in our delicious California Raisin recipes round up. What recipe will you try first?
Raisin recipes you probably haven’t tried, but should!
Plump and bursting-with-sweetness California Golden Raisins are the star of the show in Jaíne Mackievicz’s creamy salad inspired by Persian Mast-o Khiar (Persian Cucumber and Herb Yogurt). Zesty cucumber and celery are thinly sliced and coated in rich Greek yogurt, then California walnuts are added for a textural surprise.
Cookie recipes with raisins:
Rebecca from Displaced Housewife has perfected our childhood favorite, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. They’re slightly chewy with the ideal cookie dough to raisin ratio. Since California Raisins don’t contain any added sugar, they add the perfect amount of sweetness to these craveworthy cookies.
Raisin bread recipes:
Believe it or not, this delicious Walnut + Raisin Gluten Free Bread recipe really is easy to make – no mixer required! We love it toasted and topped with a thick smear of butter and honey, but it also makes a scrumptious French Toast or grilled-cheese sandwich.
Treats and desserts with raisins:
Savory raisin recipes:
This roasted carrot and raisin slaw is a delicious and easy recipe that is full of flavor. Fresh shredded apple, apple cider, and freshly squeezed orange juice give it a unique and tantalizing taste. It can be enjoyed as a side dish or on its own as a light and refreshing meal.
Brace yourself for the creamiest, most flavorful broccoli salad recipe on the internet! Our broccoli salad base recipe is a hearty one-bowl salad situation that is best suited as a side dish, but when you add shredded chicken and chopped bacon to the mix this side salad takes center stage as the easiest supper sized salad on the planet.
We hope you’ve been inspired by our delicious California Raisin recipes! These are only a few of the amazing recipes starring California Grown Raisins. For more delicious ways to enjoy your favorite CA Grown fruits, follow us on Pinterest!