1jar or container that can hold 750mlor 3 1/4 cups liquid
Place the dates into the jar and make sure to pack them tightly. Pour cold water into the jar. It should be enough to just cover the dates. Cover and let it sit in the fridge overnight or a minimum of 6 hours.
The next day empty the jar into a blender or food processor and add the salt and vanilla - if you are using it. Process for about 7-8 minutes until perfectly smooth. You might be tempted to stop after a minute or two but don't. In the start, your paste will look rather lumpy and while the taste will be the same no matter how long you blend it the texture plays a big role in this.
Transfer the date paste into an airtight jar and store in the fridge.
This recipe will yield around 675ml (3 cups) of date paste.If stored in an airtight container in the fridge the paste should last for about 3 months.