Can You Freeze Sultanas?

Every home needs a good stock of sultanas and dried fruit in the cupboard for baking, snacks and recipes.

Luckily they keep for a long time in the store cupboard but what can you do to extend their shelf life further? Can you freeze sultanas?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze sultanas. Sultanas can be frozen for around 12 months. Because they have a low water content they freeze really well and can be used frozen without a need to thaw out for many recipes.

How to Freeze Sultanas

The trickiest part of freezing sultanas is ensuring that they don’t all stick together so that you end up with one big ball of sultanas all clumped together!

The method below ensures this doesn’t happen and that you get a handy bag of sultanas to use whenever you need them:

  1. Line Tray
    Line a baking tray with parchment paper. The baking tray you use needs to be suitable for putting in the freezer.
  2. Spread Out Sultanas
    Sprinkle a layer of sultanas onto the baking tray. Keep them as separate as possible so that none are touching. You need to make sure there is only one layer of sultanas.
  3. Flash Freeze
    Place the baking tray into the freezer. Keep the baking tray flat so that no sultanas fall of the edge. After about thirty minutes, the sultanas should be frozen enough to take back out of the freezer and continue the process.
  4. Transfer to Bag
    Transfer the sultanas from the baking tray into a freezer bag. Seal the bag and label it with the date and contents.
  5. Final Freeze
    Pop the bag into the freezer. Whenever you need a handful of sultanas, you can grab the bag and pour out the number of sultanas you need before putting the rest back into the freezer.

How to Freeze Other Dried Fruit

Most dried fruit can be frozen, and the great news is that it freezes well because it contains very little moisture. You shouldn’t notice any difference between dried fruit that has been frozen and dried fruit that has been in the cupboard.

You can freeze dried fruit using the same method outlined for freezing sultanas, and most dried fruits can be kept in the freezer for up to a year.

2 Tips for Freezing Sultanas

Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 2 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing sultanas to have the best results:

  • Portion Appropriately – If you like eating sultanas or raisins as a sweet and healthy snack, then you can freeze in portions instead. Use the same method outlined in this article but instead of putting the sultanas in one freezer bag, put smaller portions into separate freezer bags. Then, when you need a snack, you can grab a bag out without worrying about measuring out a portion.
  • Remove Air as you Seal – To ensure your sultanas don’t end up tasting freezer burnt you need to ensure they are kept airtight. Squeeze out all the air from freezer bags before sealing to do this. If you are having problems with freezer bags, you could try using a freezer-safe container with a tight-fitting lid instead.

How Long Can You Freeze Sultanas?

Sultanas can be frozen for up to twelve months! Considering their long shelflife, this means you can keep sultanas ready for use for a really long time! If you need to keep your sultanas frozen for a little longer, then they should be safe to keep in the freezer for up to a year and a half. But if you do this, then the quality may suffer a little, which can affect the taste of the sultanas.

You Can Freeze Sultanas for up to 12 Months

How Do You Defrost Sultanas?

For baking and cooking, you shouldn’t need to thaw out the sultanas at all. Throw the right amount into the recipe completely frozen! The only time you would need to defrost them first is if you need to soak the sultanas first to plump them up.

If you do need to defrost, then you can take the sultanas out of the freezer and pop them into the fridge to thaw for a few hours before using them.

Frozen sultanas also make a great snack. When they are frozen, they are great for a cooling treat on a warm day.

Can You Refreeze Sultanas?

We would not recommend that you refreeze sultanas once they have been defrosted. Whilst they freeze brilliantly the first time, there is no guarantee they will keep the same high quality if you freeze more than once.

Do Sultanas Freeze Well?

Sultanas and other dried fruits all freeze very well! Even though you can keep them in the freezer for such a long time, they rarely change in texture, quality or taste at all while frozen. You shouldn’t notice any difference, especially if you are putting the sultanas in your baking.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing sultanas or dried fruit in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Raisins?

Raisins can also be frozen for about a year. They may even taste good and be safe after this time. But, to be safe, try and stick to about a year and get them used up before the year runs out.

You can follow the same method outlined above for freezing sultanas. Just don’t forget to label your bags, so you know which bag is raisins and which is sultanas.

Can You Freeze Dried Cranberries?

As you can probably guess, dried cranberries, like other dried fruit, can also be frozen using the same technique. When fruit is dried, a lot of the moisture is removed, which prevent any major change in the texture when it is frozen. Follow the instructions for sultanas when freezing dried cranberries. 

Can You Freeze Dried Cranberries

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