How to Store Grapes

When you're trying to decide how to store grapes, your goal is most likely to preserve them for as long as they can be. Grapes that have not been stored properly can become discolored and deflated, appearing shriveled and not tasting very good. Storing fruit can be confusing because there is no one universal way to go about doing it. Sometimes you are supposed to refrigerate newly purchased or picked fruit, other times you're supposed to leave it in a cool, dark place. Here are some tips on how to store grapes.

Storing grapes so that they retain their delicious taste and appealing look starts in the supermarket when you're buying them. The better condition that the grapes you purchase are in, the longer they will last and the better they will taste. Obviously you do not want to buy grapes that appear to be damaged. They should be a healthy, even color. Most of the grapes should still be attached to the stem.

Once you have the grapes home, do not wash them. This will only make them go bad more quickly. Look through the bunch and get rid of any grapes that seem to be going bad already. Then put the grapes back in the plastic bag that you purchased them in and store them in the refrigerator. Store-bought grapes can last up to five days in your refrigerator.

When you are ready to eat them, run them under cold water to rinse them. You can pick individual grapes off of the vine before washing or simply wash the whole bunch, depending on how much you're going to use at one time. They're ready to eat! Remember that if you are serving the grapes to children that you will need to cut them. They should be cut in half for older kids and quartered, at least, for toddlers.

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