In comparison to most produce, Caramel Naturel dates have an exceptionally long shelf life when stored properly. Your Caramel Naturel dates and date products will keep in the package provided for up to one month on your countertop.
Although they need not be refrigerated, you may prefer to do so for extended shelf life. We recommend that you store your fruit in an airtight container to prevent drying. Doing so will help them stay plump and juicy for up to four months in your refrigerator. If your refrigerated dates experience any drying, you may restore moisture to them by placing a slice of apple in the container. Caramel Naturel dates can also be re-hydrated by a short soak in tepid water or any other desired cooking liquid.
Dates will sometimes form sugar crystals under their skin. This will not affect the flavor, but can be remedied for the sake of aesthetics by gentle heating. Placing them in the microwave for a few seconds or on a baking sheet in a warm oven for about ten minutes will dissolve the crystallized sugar and restore the deep color.
You may also store Caramel Naturel products in an airtight container in your freezer for up to one year. When properly wrapped, freezing dates will not cause any loss in quality.