How to Store Grapes? Several ways
The grape is a delicate fruit that must be handled with care. So it is with the storage of the grapes; with care. In this blog, we will discuss how to store grapes for a long time. Different storage methods are discussed below.
How to store grapes?
This can be done in the following ways:
- Grapes stay good on the fruit bowl for about 3 days. Place the grapes on a platter and do not cover them.
- Place the bowl in the refrigerator and the grapes will keep for about 7 days.
- In the freezer, the grapes can be stored in a sealed bag or container for 8 to 12 months.
When you have bought fresh, tasty grapes, you also want to keep them fresh and retain the taste. There are various ways to store grapes, the freezer being the most surprising.
Preparation to Store Grapes
It is best to take a few steps/preparations before storing the grapes.
It all starts in the supermarket. Choose a truss that is firm in shape. Pay close attention to whether there are rotten grapes among them, because these can ignite the other grapes. Grapes with a brown stem are already ripe and can detach from the truss.
The grapes should not be too ripe. You can check this by squeezing the grape. It should feel firm. Grapes that have wrinkles are old grapes and you don’t want them either.
Do not wash or rinse the grapes after purchase, but do this when you are going to use the grapes. This is because playback speeds up the ripening process.
Grapes Do Not Store With…
It is important to know that grapes should not be placed with strongly fragrant vegetables or such as garlic, onion, and leek. The grape absorbs different odors and this gives a different taste to the grape.
Storing Grapes on a Bowl
Grapes can be stored at room temperature on a dish, but this is not preferred. Depending on the freshness of the grapes, the shelf life is short, i.e. a maximum of 3 days. You will see that the bunch of grapes already looks different after two days than when you bought it. The grapes shrivel very quickly and lose their flavor. If, for example, there is also a rotten grape, it will ignite the other grapes, which is of course a shame.
Keep Grapes in the Fridge
The fresh grapes can be stored excellently in the refrigerator. Place the grapes on a dish and put the dish in the refrigerator. Try to put the grapes in the back of the fridge, because it’s cooler there.
Store Grapes in Freezer
Storing grapes in the freezer is easy, fun to do and the taste is preserved. They become tasty little ‘ice creams’ this way.
Remove the grapes from the branch they are attached to and place the grapes in a colander. Then rinse the grapes well with water. Move the colander, making circular movements to allow the dirt to come loose from the grape. After they are well washed, leave them in the colander for a minute to drain.
Place the grapes on a tea towel, place a tea towel on top and gently dry the grapes.
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Now place the grapes on baking paper. Make sure that the grapes do not touch each other, otherwise, you will still get a bunch of grapes. They must be separate from each other.
Once they are frozen you can put them in a freezer bag and put them back in the freezer compartment. They now have a shelf life of about 8 months.
Now you have nice cool grape snacks. You can eat them as-is and they are also delicious in a salad. And of course, they can be used in a tasty smoothie!
Frozen grapes can replace fresh grapes in a recipe, as they retain the shape, flavor, and vitamins.
How to Thaw Grapes?
You can thaw frozen grapes before processing, but you don’t have to. If you do want to thaw them, put the grapes from the freezer into the fridge. They take a long time to thaw, but it’s the best way to ensure the grape’s shape and quality. Frozen grapes from the freezer are also delicious in a smoothie.
Dried grapes are, of course, currants and raisins. Currants are dried out small grapes and raisins are dried out large grapes. The making of currants and raisins used to be done to preserve the grapes and to consume them in the winter. Today, currants and raisins are a delicacy, especially for small children.
It used to be a lengthy process to make currants from grapes, but you can now also do it yourself at home.
Wash the grapes in a colander, for example. Rinse them well and let them drain for a while. Then remove the stems from the grapes. Place the grapes between two tea towels and pat the grapes dry. Place the grapes on baking paper on a baking tray and slide the baking tray into the oven. Set the oven to 50 degrees and let it sit for a few hours. Take a look every now and then to see how the process is going.
The temperature in the oven ensures that the moisture from the grapes disappears. You will know by tasting whether the currants and raisins are ready.
Remove them from the oven and let them cool. You can eat them right away, but if you want to keep them longer, pack them airtight.
Do you know!
Almost 90% of the total grape harvest in the world is used to make wine.