Grapes: 3 good tips to wash grapes to remove dirt
You need to remember the rule when washing grapes is not to wash the whole bunch of grapes. Use scissors to cut each grape. Note that you should cut it, leaving a short stalk. Do not use your hands to cut off each fruit because the grape skin is torn, water and bacteria can easily get inside. Not only that, this also makes the grapes easily damaged, not preserved for a long time. The dong on the fruit also makes the grapes pale, losing the delicious taste.
Use warm salt water
First, you use scissors to cut off the stem and separate each grape, but you should keep a small stem to keep the grapes fresh longer.
Next, put the grapes in a bowl of salt and wash them. Then put the grapes in a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and add warm water, soak for about 15 minutes, stir the water every 5 minutes.
When stirring, be gentle to avoid crushing the grapes and must cover the grapes with water. Finally, discard the brine and rinse the grapes with clean water.
Use baking soda and vinegar to wash grapes
Put the grapes in a pot, sprinkle baking soda all over the surface. Add water and mix with your hands. Soak the grapes for about 3 minutes, then discard and rinse with clean water.
Next, wash the grapes twice with vinegar. At this time, use clean water to cover the surface of the grapes, and add a tablespoon of vinegar and stir well. Soak the grapes for about 3 minutes and then rinse with clean water. Thus, all the dirt of grapes has been completely removed.
This will help the grapes look brighter and completely remove the outer layer of chalk. Wash the grapes with clean water, then soak the grapes in water mixed with flour for a few minutes, then take out the grapes and wash them again with clean water. This is safe and easy to do.
Tips for choosing good grapes
When choosing grapes, you should choose the ones that have fresh stems, stretch skins, and still have the outer chalk layer intact. That proves fresh grapes, no or less interference by chemicals.
In contrast, grapes with wilt stems, fruits with loose, discrete stems, wrinkled stem skins are grapes that have been aged for a long time, reducing their deliciousness and losing many good nutrients. Of course, you also shouldn’t require the grape stalk to be completely green, because the time from harvesting in the producing country to importing it into Vietnam is quite a long process. You should only hope that the bunches with the stalks are still fresh and green. If the stem and leaves are both green, it should be questioned. Grape bunches with wilted stems but still fresh fruit should also be wary.
A grape variety, no matter how sweet, still has a slight sour taste. So you should be careful with bunches of grapes that have a strong sweet taste, because they are most likely chemically treated.