Monday, January 13, 2014

Peaches or Raisins Anyone?
Making Dried Peaches  |  Making Raisins |  Redwood Trays |  Paper Trays

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I was shopping in the grocery store a couple of days ago here in
Lincoln, Nebraska. I approached the dried fruits shelf's and I
asked the lady standing next to me if she knew where those
raisins came from. She said  "no I don't." I said, "would you
like to know something about it as I grew up working with

I was just being friendly to the young lady whom seemed
very interested in what  she was reading the information on
the back-side of the Sun-Maid Raisins Container.
                             photo of 20 oz Container of Sun-Maid Raisins
I said, "Young Lady I can tell you a lot about them as I was born
and raised just 7 miles north of Kingsburg, California, the main
office and processing plant of Sun-Maid. The fruit used to be
Sun Dried, but now it is dried by dehydration machines.

Here is pictures of a drying yard with Peaches cut in half on
Redwood trays. This was very hard back breaking work as
it took two people, one on each end to spread them out like
this.Then turn them over at the right time buy putting a tray on
top and the team of two would flip the two trays without
moving the fruit out of place on the opposing try.                 Peaches cut in half, fumigate and drying in sun on redwood trays.

Making Raisins

There are many varieties of grapes, but the one seen the
most are like in the raisins in the container pictured up above.
They come from the grapes and the vines you see here are
Thomson grapes. the yellow grapes.
Peaches cut in half, femugated and
              drying in sun on redwood trays.

Making raisins was similar to making dried peaches except they
started to use treated paper as this was cheaper. They were not
fumigated, but spread well over the tray without bunching up so
all berries would receive the Sun rays.

When dried enough they where turned as the peaches were
turned except the 2 man team had to wood trays in which they
pulled the paper tray up on the wood tray and topped with the
second tray and then flipped just right so the grapes still layer as
a single layer for proper drying.

I have been working and researching how to copy a picture
which was made by my mother's aunt about 1925 of my
grandmother, mother, uncle and their fruit stand along high-way
99 in Selma, California, but to no avail. Her aunt was a
professional and may have done something to stop copies.

I had wanted you to know this article is real, not copied out
of the website of

I hope you enjoy and if you have never tried them, they are
stimulating in the mouth and very healthy.

Harley Petersen
We care, I care at Petersen Ministries.

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