How to Dry Grapes

Are you interested in learning how to dry grapes? Dried grapes, or raisins, are quite tasty. When you dry the grapes yourself, not only are you getting the freshest grapes, you are also getting the satisfaction of having made them yourself. Here are the steps that you will need to follow to dry grapes.

The first thing that you need to do is buy the grapes that you are going to dry. The best type of grapes to dry are seedless. If you cannot find seedless grapes, try to remove the seeds from the grapes before drying them. It will just make for a better dried grape. Make sure, when buying the grapes at the supermarket, that they are even in color and that the majority of them are still attached to the stem. Once you get the grapes home, discard any grapes that appear to be going bad or are dented or broken. Wash the grapes to remove any leftover pesticides or germs, and place them in a pot of boiling water for one minute. Boiling the grapes will help the grape peels to split, making it easier for the grapes to dry.

Next, you want to treat the grapes with a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water. Let the grapes sit in this mixture for ten minutes. It will prepare the grapes for the drying process. After the ten minutes are up, use a dehydrator to dry the grapes. Grapes cannot withstand the high temperature, so place them in the dehydrator on medium for up to 48 hours. Make sure you don't leave them in too long, or else they may become too dry and have no taste.

The grapes should now be raisins. Take them out of the dehydrator and store them carefully. They will be ready to eat!

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