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What's the Best way to Grind Raisins

post #1 of 7
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Not really a cake question, but I have a recipe for a candy that calls for "ground raisins". Have you ever tried to grind raisins? It's no easy task! Does anyone have a slick, easy way to grind raisins that isn't so gooey or messy?

I usually use my nut grinder. I freeze the raisins, then coat them with powdered sugar to keep them from gunking up in the grinder. But alas, they still take forever and it's such a hassle!!!

Any tips or advice for me?

Thanks!

Peajay
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post #2 of 7
I have never heard of grinding raisins. Why would you? Is it the flavor?Good luck, your method sounds pretty.
post #3 of 7
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The raisins are ground so there isn't a big hunk of raisin in the mix. It's for Peanut Butter Balls (aka Buckeye's further east LOL). The "balls" are made of crushed rice krispies, powdered sugar, peanut butter and ground raisins then dipped in chocolate paraffin. I've tried them without the raisins and they're just not as tasty. I've also tried them regular raisins and the raisin is just "too much" that way. So they really need to be ground. It's just a pain to get them to the way they need to be.

Bumping for advice from someone/anyone.

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post #4 of 7
have you tried wizzing them in a food processor?? thats how i grind my fruit for our christmas cake... you could also try a meat grinder if you have one.
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post #5 of 7
In any recipe in which I've wanted the taste of the raisins without the hard texture, I've poured boiling water over the raisins to cover, and let them sit for an hour or so. This plumps them up and softens them so they can be ground very easily.
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Originally Posted by jmac3333

In any recipe in which I've wanted the taste of the raisins without the hard texture, I've poured boiling water over the raisins to cover, and let them sit for an hour or so. This plumps them up and softens them so they can be ground very easily.




Hmmmm.......so soften them first, then grind? I'll try that next time I make these!

Thanks!

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post #7 of 7
I do the same thing, boil the raisins for abouts 5 minutes. Drain and cool, then grind. I plump my raisins first for all recipes, cookies, cakes etc. They make a big difference when this process is done. I always keep plumped ones in a baggie in the frig, then I always have them when I need them.
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