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How to Store Grapes So They Stay Firm and Fresh

Close-Up Of Red Grapes Against White Background

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In my house, grapes are either gone in the first day or two, or I find them weeks later. So how can you keep them fresh for a while?

There are a few things to look out for when examining grapes at the grocery store. It’s always important to make sure they’re firm, plump, and attached to the stem. If you pick up a bag with loose grapes rolling around at the bottom, that’s a good indicator that they may be quicker to spoil. And while this may seem like common knowledge, you should also avoid grapes that are moldy, watery, and shriveled at the stem. However, if you see a whiteish coating on a bunch of grapes, that’s totally fine. It’s called “bloom,” which is a naturally occurring substance that protects grapes from moisture loss.

Whole grapes should be washed, patted dry, and then stored in a well-ventilated container in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. This will allow them to last for up to three weeks. You’ll want to avoid putting them into an airtight container or plastic bag, since that prevents air circulation. You could also keep whole grapes in the bag they came in if you don’t have a proper food storage container.

Yes, you can freeze grapes. And if you’ve never had frozen grapes, what are you waiting for?! They make for such a quick and delicious snack or dessert—basically like an all-natural, bite-sized freeze pop.

And you can even make frozen sour candy grapes too. HERE is the recipe.


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