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Raisins in the Refrigerator?

All of my adult life, I have never known to store raisins in the fridge, so, I've always kept them in the pantry, and they were fine (to my knowledge). Then one day just recently, I read the package, and it says "Keep Refrigerated". Really? So, I started keeping them in the fridge, BUT they all stick together like a solid rock, and it's so frustrating to scoop a few out in the mornings for cereal etc.. I feel like I need a chisel! Lol... So, do you keep the raisins in the fridge? Or in the pantry? Thanks!!

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Yeah, I think I'll go back to keeping them in the pantry! Thanks for all the feedback :)

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I have always kept mine in the pantry. I never even read the package! When I was growing up they were in the pantry too.

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Pantry.

We buy a lot of things in bulk (six kids!), and raisins are no exception. We buy 20 pounds at a time and store them in 5 gallon buckets in the root cellar. I scoop some out into a canister to keep in the pantry upstairs. Never had any trouble with them. All my dried fruit is stored in the root cellar or pantry.

Then again, I keep my mustard on the counter, too. Such a rebel! :)

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I have always kept mine in the pantry. I never even read the package! When I was growing up they were in the pantry too.

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I don't keep them in the fridge for the same reason! I do see, though, that they become a mass if kept too long, even in the cupboard. I wish Trader Joe's sold half-sized bags. I like raisins for small snacks, but we try to serve fresh fruit first.

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Growing up I remember them being in fridge but so was the flour...

When I bought them a few years ago I did keep them in the pantry until I found that a mouse was helping itself...I haven't bought them since :-)

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I've always kept them in the pantry. I didn't know that either. I can't stand when someone puts peanut butter in the fridge either. It just changes it. Hasn't hurt any if us yet!

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Pantry.

We buy a lot of things in bulk (six kids!), and raisins are no exception. We buy 20 pounds at a time and store them in 5 gallon buckets in the root cellar. I scoop some out into a canister to keep in the pantry upstairs. Never had any trouble with them. All my dried fruit is stored in the root cellar or pantry.

Then again, I keep my mustard on the counter, too. Such a rebel! :)

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I saw that too and could not bring myself to do it. Mine are in the pantry and we are fine.

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No. The "warning" is to keep the lawyers happy.

Good luck to you and yours.

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I keep raisins and prunes in the fridge. I just knock the raisins box (or bag if it's a lot and I switch them to a storage bag) on the counter a few times to loosen them. :-)

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I like you usually keep my raisins in the pantry, If I know we are going to eat them within 6 months. If not then place them in the fridge and they will last for a year.

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Wow, I have never known that raisins should go in the fridge, and at first I didn't quite believe you, so I went to my pantry and checked my bag of raisins. Lo and behold, the bag DOES say to refridgerate after opening! :)

I never put raisins in the fridge, always trusting that the zip lock seal on it would be adequate in keeping bugs and such out of the bags. On the other hand, I live in a suburb of Seattle, so we don't really need to worry about that kind of thing...in Florida you might want to err on the side of caution, but if you're keeping them the pantry without problems, I don't see why you can't continue to do so!

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My parents do because of ants. We leave them in the pantry - much more moist and tasty at room temp. Just make sure the package is sealed (drop the box in a zipper bag or put into a tupperware container) and room temp should be fine.

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I only keep our yogurt covered raisins in the fridge. YUM ! LOL

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I had no idea but have always kept them in the cabinet and they were fine.
Of course, I only buy enough to eat.
Little boxes....not huge pouches of them.

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They really should be kept in the fridge if you are storing them for any significant length of time, e.g., more than a month. Since they are a dried fruit they can hold up for a while, but they could start to go bad if not kept cool. When you want to eat some just take them out a few hours before eating or place them near a heat source to loosen them up.

I have always kept raisins in my cabinet but was wondering if that is the right thing to do. I don't like it when they stick together either, but want to be sure that it is safe not to keep them in the refrigerator.
I am from Millville, NJ

I hate mine from the fridge and have always kept them in the cabinet. The best raisins are Paul Newmans or Dole!!

Of course I ran right to my pantry (where I've always stored raisins) to look at one of the single-serving boxes I have in there & YOU ARE CORRECT! "Refrigerate after opening" - who knew? Now, those little boxes aren't sealed tightly at all, so how soon are they going bad/turning stale? I can understand if you buy the tub with the lid - that's completely sealed. I suppose I have to find more room in my fridge now...

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