How to Store and Freeze Grapes
Figuring out how to store grapes properly can help these otherwise fickle fruits stay fresh and flavorful. In fact, with a few tricks, grapes can become a mainstay of your fruit drawer. In the following Glad® guide, we’ll provide you with everything you need to learn how to store grapes and freeze grapes like a pro.
How to Store Grapes
Grapes are full of healthy benefits. But enjoying these benefits starts with storing grapes properly. Use the following tips to learn how to store grapes in the fridge for maximum shelf life.
Pick the Right Bunch
Storing grapes properly starts in the store. Choose bunches with thick, hearty stems that have the majority of the grapes firmly attached. If the bag’s full of stragglers, cut it loose.
Store First, Wash Later
It might be tempting to wash your grapes as soon as you walk in the door, but the washing process can help accelerate spoilage. For peak freshness, wash your grapes immediately before you plan to eat them.
Transfer and Cover
Once you’ve tossed away any loose grapes, place your grapes in a bowl and cover it with a food-safe plastic wrap, like Glad® Press’n Seal® or Glad® Cling'n SealTM. Be sure to poke several holes in the wrap to allow for proper circulation.
Storing Cut Grapes
To store grapes that you've already cut, place them in a food-safe container, like a GladWare® Food Storage Container.
How to Freeze Grapes
Once you learn how to freeze grapes, you can expect to enjoy them for months on end. And thankfully, learning how to freeze grapes is truly as easy as you might expect.
Step 1: Wash and Rinse
To start, rinse and dry your grapes, then spread them on a freezer-safe sheet or baking pan. Place the pan in your freezer until the grapes are frozen. This ensures your grapes won’t stick together once you store them in larger quantities.
Step 2: Transfer and Store
Next, transfer your frozen grapes to a food safe plastic bag or container, such as a Glad® Freezer Zipper Bag or Glad® FreezerWare Container. If using a bag, be sure to try and remove as much of the excess air as possible before sealing.
How to Defrost Grapes
To defrost your grapes, simply transfer your container from the freezer to the fridge and allow your grapes to thaw slowly. This helps the grapes keep their natural flavors and textures intact.
And of course, if you’d prefer to skip the thawing process all together, you can enjoy your grapes frozen (but do be warned, they’re addicting!).
How Long Will Your Grapes Last?
How long do grapes last in the fridge? Well, with Glad’s collection of Food Storage Bags and Containers, you can keep grapes fresh and juicy for longer than you’d expect.
Assuming your grapes are in a bowl covered with a food-safe plastic wrap, like Glad® Cling'n SealTM or Glad® Press’n Seal®, they should last around one week. When frozen, expect your grapes to last up to a month.
Need More Info?
For more food storage tips, head to Glad’s full collection of Protection Pointers articles about how to freeze and store food.
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