I mainly lurk here but I was wondering if anyone knows how I can use and preserve dates.
I have a couple of trees that were already here when we moved in and suddenly, this year, they are bearing dates like crazy. I know nothing about dates .. all I know is that I don't really like them to just eat -- they are too sweet for my taste. Ditto on any combination of dates/nuts or date candy that I've ever tasted.
I looked on the web and found a three recipes I hadn't heard of -- they can be blended into smooties. Another use I found is an Iraqi recipe for date syrup (for pancakes) but I suspect that would be too sweet for my liking, too, although my husband might go for it. I also discovered they can be made into sweetener, much as agave is (and unlike agave, they don't require mechanical pressing) but the directions says the "sweetener" only lasts a few weeks in the refrig. No info about preserving, although I'm thinking maybe it could be. I just don't know how and hate to waste it experimenting.
Does anyone have any ideas, info or recipes? Esp. for something preservable since I can't imagine gorging on dates until they are gone.