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Why You’ll Love Organic Thompson Raisins
Raisins can play a big role in the kitchen, despite their small size. They often find their way into delicious treats like banana bread, oatmeal cookies, parfaits, and trail mix. While they’re great as an ingredient, Woodstock Organic Thompson Raisins are just as tasty all on their own.
Woodsock makes their raisins from dried white grapes that are grown without any artificial chemicals. They are USDA Certified Organic, verified by the Non-GMO Project, vegetarian and vegan, and wrapped up in BPA-free packaging. Because of their purity and chemical-free nature, they’re a great choice whenever raisins are needed.
How raisins are made
Raisins are produced by drying harvested grapes. But it’s not as easy as it may sound: For a grape to dry, water inside the fruit must be completely removed from the interior of the cell walls. This can be very difficult because the grape skin contains wax in its cuticle, which prevents the water from passing through. In addition, the physical and chemical properties of the outer layers of the grape are designed to prevent water loss—so how does a grape turn into a raisin?
There are three steps that explain the process in which grapes are transformed into these chewy, dried treats:
Step 1: Pre-treatment
Pre-treatment is a crucial step in raisin production because it helps increase the rate of water removal during the drying process: With faster water removal, it decreases the rate of browning and helps to produce more desirable raisins.
The historical method of this process was developed in the Mediterranean and Asia Minor region by using a dry emulsion cold dip, which was made from potassium carbonate and ethyl esters of fatty acids. This dip was proven to increase the rate of water loss by two to three times. But recently, new methods have been developed such as exposing the grapes to oil emulsions or dilute alkaline solutions. These can help encourage water transfer to the outer surface of grapes, which in turn helps increase the efficiency of the drying process.
Step 2: Drying
There are two types of drying methods used: sun drying and mechanical drying. Sun drying is a more natural and inexpensive process, however, environmental factors like insect infections and microbial deterioration caused by rain can occur, impacting the quality of the raisins.
Mechanical drying is another way to dehydrate grapes, and can be done in a more controlled environment where rapid drying is guaranteed. One method is to use microwave heating: water molecules in the grapes absorb microwave energy resulting in speedy evaporation. Often times, microwave heating produces puffy grapes as opposed to those produced by sun drying.
Step 3: Post-drying process
After the drying process is complete, raisins are cleaned with water to remove any foreign objects that may have come in contact with them. Stems and below-grade raisins are also removed at this time. Since the washing process may cause rehydration, another drying step takes place after cleaning to ensure that the added moisture has been removed.
A closer look at the Woodstock brand
Woodstock began more than 25 years ago and for years has held onto one belief—that good food is made up of simple ingredients that come from trustworthy farms. Instead of cutting corners and lowering costs by using synthetic preservatives or GMO crops, the company focuses on making the best possible products that are ethically sourced and organically grown.
Woodstock Organic Thompson Raisins are just one of many products the company offers, but they are indicative of what consumers have come to expect: organic, natural, and incredibly delicious.
Why you should consider Woodstock Organic Thompson Raisins
There are numerous reasons that these Woodstock Organic Thompson Raisins are a good call:
- Organic: Woodstock only uses organically grown raisins, eliminating the risk of chemicals like pesticides or herbicides finding their way into them.
- Non-GMO: High-quality, non-GMO, white grapes are used to create these tasty raisins. This means you get the real deal, not some alternative that’s made in a laboratory.
- Sustainably farmed: Woodstock Organic Thompson Raisins are sourced from farms that use sustainable growing techniques, helping promote a healthier planet.
- Less risky for food allergies: Woodstock Organic Thompson Raisins are totally vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, lactose-free, and gluten-free, making them a great option for those with food allergies.
- Simplicity: Nothing extra is added to the raisins during processing or packaging. The only thing in the bag and on the ingredient label are raisins.
Great recipes for Woodstock Organic Thompson Raisins
Woodstock Organic Thompson Raisins can make a great snack when eaten solo, but they’re also a diverse ingredient that can work in many recipes. When you need a fresh, bright taste, these raisins are a perfect choice—from bread to oatmeal to curry dishes, and beyond. The following recipes are a great place to start when looking for a way to incorporate them:
It’s not the oatmeal most would imagine. This recipe transforms rolled oats into a pudding cake that’s spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Thanks to the wholesome addition of apples, carrots, and raisins, this baked oatmeal can serve as breakfast bite or dessert
This recipe removes the processed grains to create a version that can be enjoyed by those on a Paleo diet. With the inclusion of Woodstock Organic Thompson Raisins it helps ensure natural sweetness and added texture that you’re sure to love.
Pumpkin bread is a fall classic, but it can be enjoyed any time of year thanks to the bright spice of flavors and the subtle sweetness of raisins. This recipe uses gluten-free flour so those with celiac or gluten sensitivities can enjoy each and every bite.
Mild yet hearty, cauliflower is the perfect match for bold spices like curry and cinnamon. Roasting it with onions allows the edges to caramelize, bringing out a natural sweetness that's perfectly complemented by raisins and coconut flakes.
Reviews For Organic Thompson Raisins
Based on 12 Reviews
Delicious, Plump and Tasty
Will be on my regular list!
Would like to know if you carry any seeded rasins
Tasty and plump
These are good raisins. Not sure if price point compares to other stores, but we like them.
My husband loves these raisins - once they're opened, I need to make sure I get some before they're suddenly all gone.
I EAT THESE ALL THE TIME. THEY ARE AMAZING!
Juicy and delicious.
Juicy and delicious. What more is there!
Best raisins I've ever tasted.
I'm not exaggerating. I wish they came in bigger bags!
simple, pure and delicious
Keep ordering these raisins
Great taste and fresh for a dried fruit. One of the best I have purchased.
Juicy, chewy, sweet, organic raisins
I have tried a lot of different brands of organic Thompson raisins over the years. These are the best! They are that perfect balance of chewy, juicy, sweetness that is satisfying as a snack, added to hot cereal, baked in oatmeal cookies or zucchini bread (Yes, I have done all of those!) They are plump and large and never dry. In addition to the pleasure they bring, you can feel good knowing that they are non-GMO and certified organic! Don't run out!
I keep these raisins on hand for snacks and baked goods. I love giving them to my children as a snack and knowing they are only getting nutrition and flavor!
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