If you’re looking to store grapes, you need a place that’s very humid and very cold. A fridge will often do the trick, though anything is better than letting your grapes languish at room temperature in a fruit bowl.
Fun fact about grapes: did you know that they are, in fact, a type of berry? This is particularly relevant because, if you’ve got any experience with berries, you’ll know how hard it is to keep them from spoiling too soon.
Thankfully, there are things you can do to extend your grapes’ shelf life, even if only for a couple of days. This guide is going to tell you everything you need to do to accomplish this goal.
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How to Store Grapes Properly
Experts claim that the ideal temperature for grape storage requirements is about 39°F (4°C) for maximum effect. As we already established, grapes thrive in a location that’s both humid and cold, and therefore the fridge will often prove to be an optimal solution for most of your grape storage needs.
A particularly important aspect of grape storage is that you need to keep them well-ventilated. If you have bowls or dishes like this that provide ample aeration to the fruit you store in them, those will do amazingly well for grape storage.
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Can I Freeze Grapes, Too?
Of course, given their propensity for low temperatures, grapes tend to do well even after you freeze them for long-term safe-keeping. If this ends up being the solution for you, you can use any freezer bags you might have at hand to store grapes in. These reusable bags from Leirs are great.
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Just make sure to thoroughly wash the fruit, remove the stems, and check for traces of damage while you’re at it. Ideally, you’d only want to store perfect grapes and leave the deteriorated ones outside. One bad apple spoils the bunch, as they say.
Should I Wash and Repackage Grapes When I Bring Them Home From the Store?
While some kinds of fruit and veg do fare reasonably well with immediate washing and re-packaging, grapes do not. You’re going to want to store them unwashed and rinse as you’re about to actually put them to use.
On a similar note, remember how important ventilation is for grapes? Notice that most single-use plastic bowls that store-bought grapes come in have plenty of holes for air to circulate through.
Feel free to just toss them into your fridge as-is, though you may want to check if some individual grapes haven’t deteriorated in some way before doing so.
How Long Can Grapes be Safely Stored?
If you just leave your batch of grapes to sit pretty on the counter, you should expect them to spoil in 3-5 days, depending on the variant you have, and on what that particular batch has been through. In the fridge, though, grapes will easily last for up to 10 days at a time, and even longer in many cases.
Finally, frozen grapes will survive for months at a time, and since they’re relatively resistant to chilling injuries, you shouldn’t be worried whether they’ll taste slightly off once you pull them out of the freezer.
How Will I Know if My Grapes Have Already Gone Bad?
Expired grapes are easily recognizable by discoloration and excessive wrinkling. In some cases, you may also come across a sour odor, but this will depend on a wide array of things, not least of which is the grape variety.
Grapes are particularly prone to mold development, too, and any physical damage a grape may have taken could lead to mold growth in a few days’ time. The best course of action for lightly damaged grapes is to eat them first, really.
Can I Do Anything With Grapes That Have Expired?
Interestingly, spoiled or expired grapes can be made use of, too. This isn’t exactly standard fare when it comes to fruit, and your mileage will vary, but you technically can salvage expired grapes, if you are so inclined.
We know that not everyone is a big fan of raisins, but we sure are. They’re delicious, and a stellar addition to too many different cakes and meals to count. Not to mention that raisins make for an incredible snack in a pinch.
The procedure is simple. First, you’ll need to separate slightly spoiled grapes from those that are already moldy and/or rotten. Then, use a dehydrator or an oven to dry the grapes out.
If you’re into classic food-making techniques, you could also rely on the sun to dry the grapes out for you! It’s going to take a little bit longer than it would with an oven or a dehydrator, though.
Grape Storage Mistakes We’ve All Made!
Curiously, grapes are uncannily good at absorbing a wide variety of odors. One of the biggest issues we’ve encountered while refrigerating grapes is that whole bags of them would begin to smell like leek or onion if kept close by.
So, our final bit of advice for grape storage is to keep them well away from anything in your fridge that has a distinct scent to it. Otherwise, your crispy, delicious grapes might soon taste like they’ve been sautéed before consumption.
If you’re into that sort of thing, though, don’t mind us.
Are You Storing Your Grapes Correctly?
We’re not sure about you, but we were surprised when we figured out just how versatile grapes are. Not only is this an amazingly healthy snack that pairs well with virtually every food we’ve seen yet, but it will also keep reasonably well. Not to mention how easy grapes are to refrigerate!
Better still, if you catch your grapes spoiling, but do so before they are too far gone, you can still salvage them and turn them into raisins. Few other fruits are quite this resilient, let alone if we were to discuss berries in particular.
Now that you know how to store your grapes for any length of time, you can get back to not worrying about their theoretical longevity. Have fun!