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Learn how to wash grapes. Did you know that there is a way to clean & store your grapes that will impact how fast they stay fresh? Real food means lots of fruits and veggies – clean them naturally without chemicals to preserve the goodness A quick and easy way to wash grapes (and other fruits and vegetables)!
How to Clean Grapes with Vinegar
Did you know that there is a way to clean & store your grapes that will have a HUGE impact on how fast they will turn?
There absolutely is...
In this post, you will learn how to wash your grapes and keep preserve them longer. A simple solution that will change the way you clean your grapes forever.
My kids often go into phases of what fruits they enjoy that week. Some weeks, they are eating grapes a lot, and then they decide they have had enough and move on.
I wanted to keep them fresher, and longer in preparation for their enjoyment.
Wasting food is not an option in our house. I try to avoid it at all costs and I am sure you do too.
Did you know that grapes are by far one of the hardest fruits to wash thoroughly?
There is a white film, called “bloom,” which is something that you see on several soft fruits and protects the grape from things like moisture loss and decay.
Produced by the grape itself, the bloom is mostly made of a waxy substance called oleanolic acid.
Here are some Fun Facts you Probably Don’t Know About Grapes
How to wash grapes properly
Buying grapes and having to toss them three to four days later is not going to save you any money. In fact, you are just throwing away money and not to mention good, healthy, wholesome food.
Grapes are by far one of the hardest fruits to wash thoroughly, as they’re always coated with that white, waxy stuff that just doesn’t come off with a regular rinse.
Most will tell you scrubbing will be needed, but that is not true.
There are many ways that you can clean them, but I found that this way is the simplest and only requires two items.
Grapes are on the Dirty Dozen List
This year grapes are number six on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list. The list includes the 12 types of produce that have been found to contain the highest concentrations of pesticide residue. YIKES!
Other produce on the list:
Comparing Grapes – Different Stages of Age
The image below shows the difference between just purchased grapes up to two weeks old and being properly cared for. You can clearly see the difference it makes.
Keep your grapes fresher longer.
Prepping Your Grapes for Storage
The most important step is getting your grapes in the refrigerator immediately upon arriving home from grocery shopping. Grapes will stay freshest when stored at temperatures between 32 and 36 degrees Fahrenheit.
If your refrigerator includes a crisper drawer, GREAT! This is where they need to be placed. Otherwise, place them in the back of your fridge where it is always a few degrees cooler.
NEXT, don’t even think of cleaning your grapes until you are ready to eat them. That includes leaving them with the stem intact. Washing your grapes and pulling them from the stems will speed up the ripening process.
Rule #1 – Leave them be. I even store them in the bag as-is from the grocery store.
MAKE SURE, that your grapes in the bag are loosely placed and not tight. The tighter the fit, the less air movement. Bacteria LOVES, cool, dark places without air. Let’s not give them the opportunity to spoil our food.
How To Wash Your Grapes with Vinegar
No one wants to eat a dirty grape. BLAH! I have come up with a very simple and effective way to clean grapes.
One way that does require a lot of work and packs a punch in terms of keeping your grapes fresher for longer.
We are all about simple and effective methods. They always say; “work smarter, not harder.” 100% agree with this statement.
What you will need:
Two simple ingredients.
One Gallon of Cold Water
Why use Vinegar to Clean And Prepare Fresh Grapes?
Vinegar has been shown to have antimicrobial properties, which is the basis of this method for cleaning produce like grapes. You can actually choose to use either apple cider vinegar (ACV) or white vinegar.
Both kinds of vinegar have around the same percentage of acetic acid in the 4-7% range. So each type will get the job done.
Distilled vinegar is usually the cheapest.
First, soak them in a bowl (with stems on) in roughly one gallon of very cold water and add in a 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar.
Not sure how this equation would work for smaller bunches. I do use one of my bigger mixing bowls to soak bunches of grapes all at once.
We eat grapes by the handfuls in our house, so cleaning them all at once works for us. I let them soak for 30 to 45 minutes. Set it and forget it.
“Hey, Alexa Set a timer for 30 minutes” – Simple – DONE!
(Check out that water! Gross, right?)
And that, my friends, is how you Clean And Prepare Fresh Grapes.
The best part of this soaking method? There is no need to scrub those grapes individually. The amount of YUCK that is removed from the grapes is amazing.
Once they are clean, place them on a dry towel and let them air dry, then pull them from the stems and enjoy.
A simple solution.
I would recommend eating them within 72 hours of cleaning them. Again, once clean and de-stemmed they turn rather quickly as we have already learned.
Now it is your turn to enjoy longer-lasting fresh grapes!