October 23, 2009

How to Store, Wash, and Clean Grapes

I saw an article on Qihoo that teaches people how to wash and clean grapes (funny what information can be found on internet these days). It appears to be similar to what I do when my grapes need to look clean, except for the toothpaste part, because the flavor of the toothpaste can remain after washing. Ugh.

In the following portion, I have summarized the steps for cleaning grapes, followed by the pictures from Qihoo for illustration.

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When buying grapes, make sure to get the ones with green stems. Better-looking stems imply fresher fruits.

Grapes can be stored by wrapping them in paper and placing them in refrigerators. The paper will absorb some of the fluids. Remove any spoiled grapes before storage.

Grapes should only be cleaned right before they are eaten, because washed grapes for some reason don't keep long.

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For easy handling, remove the grapes from the stems using scissors. Do not damage the outside skin, while trim the stems as much as possible.

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There is usually a layer of white stuff coating the grapes. It can be a mixture of insect body parts and unknown fluids. We want to remove it before eating or making grape juice.

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Squeeze out some toothpaste (I would personally use edible starch or flour). Rub the grapes along with the toothpaste. Then slowly pour in tap water. Wash and rinse until none of the bubbles remain and the water clears up. Let the water drain.

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Get a big flat lid and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Place the still wet grapes on the towel. Gently shake the lid and let the grapes roll around (don't let them fall). The towel will absorb the remaining moisture.

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The dry grapes can be stored unspoiled for 2 to 3 days.

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