How to Dry Grapes

Wondering how to dry grapes? Drying grapes not only concentrates the sugar in the fruit, it also concentrates the healthy nutrients like antioxidants. People learn how to dry grapes in every continent where grapes are grown, as dried grapes have universal appeal.

How To Dry Grapes At Home

  • Are they ready yet? The best grapes to dry are those that are at the peak of ripeness. Look for grapes that are firm and full of color and flavor. Seedless varieties make the best dried grapes. You'll need about four and a half pounds of raisins to make one pound of grapes.
  • Starting clean. To begin, remove the grapes from their stems. Inspect your grapes, discarding any that are bruised or flawed. Wash and rinse your grapes before proceeding.
  • Get cracking. Your grapes will dry faster and more evenly if the skins are cracked. To crack your grape skins, dip your grapes into boiling water for 30 seconds to one minute. Drain the grapes after boiling.
  • Keep out the little varmints. Giving your grapes an antimicrobial bath will help prevent the formation of mold as the grapes are dried and stored. Mix a solution of one part lemon juice and one part water. Place the grapes in the antimicrobial solution for 10 minutes then remove, drain and pat dry.
  • Using a Dehydrator. There are two ways to dry grapes-using a dehydrating machine or letting the grapes dry in the sun. To use a dehydrator, place the grapes in a single layer on the dehydrator trays and allow the grapes to dry for 24 to 48 hours at a medium temperature.
  • Under the sun. To sun dry your grapes, place them on screens or racks and set them in the sun. Hot, dry days with a stiff breeze are best for sun drying grapes. Bring your grapes indoors at night, as the cool night air may cause condensation to form, slowing the drying time. Expect sun dried grapes to take several days to dry, depending on the weather.
  • Storing the goods. Once you've dried your grapes, they can be stored in an airtight container for up to six months. If your stored dried grapes are too dry, soak them in hot water for ten minutes prior to eating.
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