Soak the raisins in boiling water, then thoroughly drain off excess water. This will remove the oil coating.
Transfer the raisins to a sterilized jam jar or other type of jar, fill with hon-mirin so that the mirin is above the level of the raisins, and let sit for a day.
After a day, the raisins will plump up.
They taste great on their own, but are great with a splash of lemon juice and fruit vinegar.
Here, I tried them with kiwi, cheese, and walnuts on toast.
They also taste delicious on yogurt or ice cream, syrup and all.
Store in the refrigerator.
Story Behind this Recipe
I pickled some raisins in very flavorful hon-mirin.
Use hon-mirin for this recipe. You can also use other kinds of dried fruit in this recipe. I recommend trying it with tart fruit like cranberries. Hon-mirin contains alcohol, so be wary of who you serve this to.