What type of dates can I use in chutney

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Maura

What type of dates can I use in chutney

Hi - this might sound like a silly question but I have a box of dates - long oval shape box with sweetened dates. Can I use these in a chutney recipe I have? I know you would normally use fresh or dry fruit but I don't have any to hand and thought it might work with these box dates but don't want to ruin the recipe.
If anyone out there knows I would be so grateful of an answer as I'm all ready to start the chutney.
Thanks for any help.
Maura

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Lindsey, Food Editor

Dates in Chutney

Hello Maura,

I think they will be absolutely fine.

I presume you will have to remove the stones from these dates but that's quite quick to do.

Best wishes

Lindsey

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Maura

Dates for chutney

Thanks Lyndsey - removing the stones wont be a problem but was worried the dates would remain hard as they are sort of coated (presume this is the sugar).

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Anastasia

Suggestion

Just a suggestion.
I would get everything ready for the chutney in my earthenware bowl , then allow to stand overnight..
This is always a good idea with any dried fruit especially dates & figs that are dried.
The overnight soaking really does make a huge difference as the dried fruit plumps up before you start the cooking process.

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Maura

Sweet dates

Thanks Ana - appreciate your tips. These dates aren't dried though, they are the ones you always get at Christmas - in a box and sweetened. They are sticky and coated. Wasn't sure how or if you could use them in chutney.

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Welshcookie

Dates

Christmas dates in boxes are dried, otherwise they wouldn't keep.

Even the so-called fresh dates you can buy are semi-dried.

If you think they are coated, just pour hot water over them to remove it. Just you would to remove the syrup from glac&"233; cherries.

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Welshcookie

Glace

I was beguiled by my spell-checker! It produced gobbledegook.

 
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