By Athena Hessong

Save yourself from bad dates by properly storing these fruits when fresh. These mature fruits have a short shelf life due to the high amount of sugar in them. Dried dates last longer in storage than fresh, but the taste of fresh dates cannot be matched by sweeter, darker dried dates.

Fresh dates
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You may find fresh dates at a farmers market in a date-growing area.

Step 1

Put the dates into a resealable plastic bag.

Step 2

Store the dates in the bag in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for five to six months.

Step 3

Remove the dates from the refrigerator or freezer to a counter one hour before preparation to come to room temperature and make cutting them easier.

Step 4

Cut a slit down the length of the thawed date and pull the pit out with your fingers before eating, stuffing or chopping the dates.