I have a couple of large unopened bags of dried fruit - apricots, peaches, some mixed stuff - that got lost in the back of the pantry. They have turned completely black - but oddly are still somewhat soft. I had wanted to make a dried fruit filling (for hamentaschen and tarts) out of them, but they're a bit um, scary.
Anyody know if they are still usable? I think they were initially sulfured - so I'm not sure why they blackened, unless it's due to the (extreme) age, and some weird chemical changes that went on with them.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!