Can you freeze the dates?

In this brief guide we will answer the following query,” can you freeze dates?” we will get to know the health benefits and nutritional value of dates and we will also know about the proper ways to freeze dates.

Can you freeze the dates?

Yes, you can freeze dates to store them for a longer duration. You can store dates in both cooked and uncooked forms. Dates do not go bad easily at room temperature. They can also remain fresh for upto 6 months in the fridge.

The shelf life of dates increases in the freezer; they can be stored in the freezer for upto 12 months.

Do dates provide any health benefits?

Dates are very nutritious fruits. They mainly contain carbohydrates. Dates are also a good source of minerals and vitamins. This sweet fruit is also full of energy and its major calories come from carbohydrates.

100 g of dates has the following nutrients in it.

Nutrient Value 
Energy 280 kcal 
Water 20 %
Carbohydrates 75 g 
Sugars 63 g
Protein 2.4  g
Fats 0.4 g
Fibre 8 g
Calcium 39 mg
Magnesium 43mg
Phosphorus 62mg
Potassium 656 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Zinc 0.2 mg
Niacin 1.2 mg
Vitamin A10 IU
Folate 19 mcg
Vitamin K 2.7 mcg

Why is it necessary to freeze dates?

The necessity to freeze dates depends upon the user if he wants to store it for a longer duration then dates should be frozen. Freezing them decreases the chances of the dates getting spoiled.

Sometimes the dates are infested with the bugs when they are left at room temperature for a longer duration. To avoid this freezing is a good option. We have several ways in which we can freeze dates.

Freezing whole dates

  • First of all you need to wash  your dates properly after bringing them home.
  • Then you need to make portion sizes of them and freeze each portion size in a separate bag or box.
  • This will prevent the sticking and clumping of dates with each other.
  • Remove the seeds from the dates and put each portion size in the separate bag.
  • You can brush your dates with a little bit of olive oil this way they will not stick to each other.
  • Make Sure to remove all the air from the ziplock bag and freeze it.
  • When you are ready to eat your dates just thaw them in the refrigerator and they will be good to eat.

Freezing date paste

If you want to freeze the dates and you do not want them to take up much space in your freezer then you should make a paste of them

  • For this take your dates and remove their seeds.
  • Wash them thoroughly and blend them in the blender and do not add water to them.
  • Separate them in portion sizes and add them to the air-tight boxes or containers.
  • Freeze them in the freezer and they will be good for 1 year.
  • When you are ready to eat your dates just thaw them in the refrigerator and they will be good to eat.

What are the health benefits of eating dates?

The health benefits of consuming dates are mentioned below:

  • Dates are a good source of carbohydrates. The date adds many calories to the food and it is also served as a side dish in many meals and it is also a part of many desserts.
  • Mainly the dates are also eaten in the form of smoothies and shakes.
  • Dates are a good source of fibres. Around 8 % of dates contain fibres. These fibres help you lose weight, they give you the feeling of fullness. Dates also help in preventing diseases like CVD and type 2 diabetes due to the presence of fibres in them.
  • Dates have many compounds that act as an antioxidant. Research has proven that dates contain more antioxidants as compared to other fruits.
  • Dates contain resistant carbohydrates in them which is helpful in maintaining a healthy gut. The glycemic index of dates is much lower hence they are safe for diabetic people to eat.
  • Dates are a good choice for people who want to gain weight. Potatoes give you a good amount of calories which helps in weight gain. Dietitians recommend adding dates to your daily meals like smoothies and breakfast bowel for people who want to gain weight. This will help in weight gain.
  • Dates are also a good source of carbs for people who are suffering from celiac disease meaning they are on a gluten-free diet.

What are the health concerns of eating frozen dates?

There aren’t many health concerns regarding the consumption of frozen dates.

Frozen dates can get mushier once they are defrosted in the oven. So if you want them to be tender then try to freeze them in larger pieces.

Frozen dates can get contaminated with microbes and pathogens like listeria that can cause food-borne diseases upon consumption.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide we answered the following query,” can you freeze dates?” we got to know the health benefits and nutritional value of dates and we also got to know about the proper ways to freeze dates.

References 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15670984/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_palm

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.