How To Wash Grapes

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How to Wash Grapes

When it comes to washing grapes, it’s important to know when the best time is to wash grapes, and how to wash grapes the best. Below, we will cover these details and more. Check out the three main methods you can use to learn how to clean grapes, that turn out squeaky clean, and delicious. 

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How to Wash Grapes the Right Way

Learning how to wash grapes the right way is important so that you avoid bacteria and pesticide contamination and help your grapes last the longest possible. Plus grapes that are washed the correct way are so delicious and taste amazing. 

Why You Need to Wash Grapes

There are several reasons why you should wash grapes. This includes removing germs that may be on the grapes, pesticides, bacteria, and rejuvenating your grapes. Let’s look at each of these reasons below why cleaning grapes is important. 

Germs. Most grocery stores have a bunch of grapes in bags or containers that are open. People can sort through the grapes and purchase what they want. Because of this, it is very important that you wash your grapes when you get home to get rid of any germs that may be on them from other people handling your grapes. 

Pesticides. Another reason you need to wash your grapes is because they may have been sprayed with pesticides. To protect your grapes from bugs and other creatures eating them, pesticides are sprayed on many different fruits to protect them and help them grow. It is very important that you remove any trace of pesticides before eating them. 

Bacteria. No matter if your grapes are organic or conventionally grown, they all run the risk of having bacteria on them. There are different kinds of bacteria that can grow on grapes, and it may depend on how they were raised as to how much is on them. To be safe it’s good to wash them so that you are sure you are not ingesting that bacteria. 

Rejuvenate. As we will show you, washing your grapes correctly can help to rejuvenate your grapes. Because of this, washing your grapes is important to help them freshen up, and taste better when eaten.  

Do I really need to wash grapes before eating them?

Yes! Washing your grapes before eating them is vitally important. When you wash the grapes you remove any unwanted bacteria, pesticides, or germs from your grapes. It also makes them taste better and last longer. 

What do they spray on grapes?

While grapes are growing, various things may be sprayed on them to protect the grapes from being eaten. Also when grapes are being transported, they are often packed with sulfur dioxide which allows them to be transported without spoiling. 

When to Wash Grapes

Although you may find varying suggestions, we have found that it works best to wash your grapes right before you wish to eat them. Because of the added moisture to your grapes when they are washed it tends to speed up the decay process. This is why we recommend that you wash your grapes shortly before you plan to serve and eat them. 

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Helpful Tips For Washing Grapes The Right Way

There are three main methods you can use to wash your grapes. Learning how to disinfect grapes is very important before you get to eat the delicious grapes. We also have some alternative methods that we will go over with you as well for how to wash your grapes. First our preferred methods.

What you will need: 

Water

Vinegar

Baking soda

Salt

Colander

Large bowl

How to Wash Grapes the Right Way – Keeping them Fresher Longer

Method 1: Rinse With Plain Water

The first way you can wash your grapes under method one is to simply rinse your grapes in cold water. While this works, it does not necessarily remove all of the pesticides and bacteria. Rinsing your grapes with plain water is the easiest way to wash grapes.

Method 1 Method 1 of 3: Cleaning Your Grapes with Water

Basic How-To

Step 1: To rinse your grapes with cold water add the grapes that you wish to serve into a colander.

Step 2: Run your grapes under cold water, gently massaging them with your fingers. If you wish to remove them from the stems, you can do that at this time. Be sure to turn your grapes so that they all get rinsed with the cold water.

Step 3: Before you are done rinsing them, make sure to run all of your grapes under the cold water and thoroughly rinse them off. 

Step 4: While your grapes are still in the colander, sit them over a towel and allow your grapes to drip dry for a few minutes before you remove them. Add your grapes to a clean towel and pat dry gently. Now your grapes are ready to serve. 

Although this is the easiest method and the most straightforward, washing your grapes with plain cold water often does not get them very clean. 

Method 2: Soak in Vinegar Water 

The second method for how to wash grapes is to use vinegar water to wash them. You can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar to help clean your grapes. Learning how to clean grapes with vinegar is easy. Plus, this might be the best way to clean your grapes if you have these ingredients. 

Method 2 Method 2 of 3: Soaking Grapes in Vinegar and Water

Basic How-To

Step 1: To wash grapes in vinegar and water you can start by filling a bowl with three parts water and one part vinegar. This means if you are using 3 cups of water, you should use one cup of vinegar. 

Step 2: Swish around in your bowl to combine the two ingredients, then add your grapes and allow them to sit in the vinegar water for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

You can allow the grapes to sit in the vinegar water up to 30 minutes if your grapes are particularly dirty. You can also take your fingers and gently rub the grapes clean while they are submerged in the vinegar water. 

Note: If you prefer to not submerge your grapes in vinegar water, you can fill a spray bottle with three parts water one part vinegar, and spray your grapes, then rinse off in cold water. 

Step 3: Remove your grapes from the bowl and place them into a colander. Rinse thoroughly using cold water. Allow your grapes to dry and then enjoy.

Why use Vinegar to Clean And Prepare Fresh Grapes?

Using vinegar to clean and prepare fresh grapes is great because it helps to remove the pesticides and bacteria from the outside of your grapes.

Method 3: Scrub With Baking Soda and/or Salt

The third method you can use to wash grapes is to scrub them with baking soda and salt. Washing grapes with salt is a great way to remove germs. With this method, you are actually scrubbing the residue off of your grapes. 

Method 3 Method 3 of 3: Scrubbing Your Grapes

Basic How-To

Step 1: To use the baking soda and salt method to wash grapes, you want to begin by placing your grapes into a colander and rinse them in cold water.  

Step 2: Transfer the grapes to a clean bowl. Sprinkle your grapes with approximately 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of salt. 

Step 3: Using your fingers gently rub the grapes, baking soda, and salt together. This will help remove as much residue as possible from the grapes. Then pick up the bowl and gently shake it for approximately 30 seconds to one minute. 

Step 4: Transfer the grapes back to your colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water, massaging the grapes so that you are sure to remove all of the salt and baking soda. 

Is It Safe To Wash Fruit With Baking Soda?

Yes, using baking soda to wash fruit is an effective way to safely remove any unwanted pesticides, bacteria, or residue from your grapes. 

Green grapes side view

Four Alternative Ways To Clean Grapes

In the above section we outlined three of the best ways to wash your grapes. We highly recommend using one of the above methods. However, there are alternative methods to clean your grapes as well. Below are for alternative ways you can clean grapes. 

1. Clean Grapes Without Vinegar

For various reasons, you may need to use other ingredients to wash grapes rather than vinegar. Although you can use apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar mixed with water to wash your grapes, there are other ways to clean grapes as well. You can choose to simply rinse your grapes in cold water, or use the baking soda and salt method mentioned above. 

2. Clean Grapes With Baking Soda

Another way to clean grapes is to wash grapes and baking soda. To do this, you’ll want to sprinkle one to 2 teaspoons of baking soda over wet grapes.

Then, take your fingers and gently massage your grapes so that they are all coated in baking soda. Add your grapes into a colander and rinse thoroughly to remove the baking soda from your grapes before serving. 

3. Clean Grapes With Apple Cider Vinegar

Using apple cider vinegar to wash grapes is another great method you can use. To do this, you will want to use a one-part apple cider vinegar to three parts water ratio then submerge your grapes into the apple cider vinegar water.

Gently swish your grapes throughout the water and allow them to sit in the water for 5 to 10 minutes before moving. Be sure to thoroughly rinse your grapes in cold water before serving. 

4. Clean Grapes With Flour

Another way you can clean your grapes is to sprinkle them with flour, similar to the baking soda method. Although some may say that this is a good way to clean your grapes, we do not recommend using this method as it does not work out well. 

5. Salt Water Soak

Finally, the last alternative method to wash grapes is to use saltwater. Use a saltwater soak to wash grapes you can mix 4 cups of warm water with approximately 2 teaspoons of salt. Then add your grapes and swish through the mixture. 

Allow to rest for 10 to 30 minutes in the saltwater before removing. When you remove the grapes rinse them thoroughly in cold water. Please note that this method does not always work out well as sometimes your fruit comes out tasting like saltwater. 

What Is The Best Way To Clean Grapes?

The best way to clean grapes is to soak your grapes in vinegar water or to give them a baking soda and salt scrub. These are the two recommended methods you can use for the best way to wash grapes. 

How to Store Grapes

For best results, you will want to store your grapes unwashed in the refrigerator. You can store them in the main part of your fridge, or in a crisper drawer to keep them fresh for the longest possible. 

When you are ready to serve your grapes, you can wash them using your preferred method listed above, then serve. 

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is when your grapes are washed they need to be used within one to two days before they go bad. 

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FAQs

What is the white coating on grapes?

A coating on the outside of grapes is known as the bloom. This is an actual coating that the plant produces on grapes to help protect them from bacteria and pests. Once you wash this coating off, your grapes will not last as long. 

Do grapes need to be washed?

Should grapes be washed? Yes, grapes need to be washed before they are eaten. Most grapes, are sprayed with pesticides and have likely contracted bacteria. Be sure to thoroughly wash grapes before eating. 

Can I eat unwashed grapes?

We do not recommend that you eat unwashed grapes. Eating unwashed grapes could cause danger to your health. 

Should I refrigerate grapes?

Yes, grapes should be refrigerated as soon as you make it home from the store. For best results, you can store grapes in the original packaging either in your crisper drawer or in the main part of your fridge. 

Can I freeze grapes?

Yes, grapes can also be frozen. To freeze grapes, we recommend that you thoroughly wash your grapes using one of the methods above, then allow them to dry. Placed into an airtight container or seal them into a plastic freezer bag and then freeze your grapes. Frozen grapes make amazing grape smoothies

Prepping Your Grapes for Storage

The best way to store your grapes is to place them into your refrigerator as soon as you get home from grocery shopping. Leave them in the original packaging, and attached to the stem. 

Place them in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator if you have one, or in the back of your fridge where it is cooler. Store this way until you are ready to eat them. 

Then, remove them from the fridge, wash them using one of the methods above, and remove them from the stem. 

Once they are washed and removed from the stem, this will greatly speed up the ripening process, and they are likely to last only one more day. For best results, enjoy them after they are washed. 

Wash Grapes the Right Way and Keep Them Fresher Longer

Knowing how to wash and store grapes is very important to help them stay fresh as long as possible. When you purchase grapes, keep in mind that they should be placed directly into your fridge as soon as you get home! If possible, place them in the coldest part of your fridge, or in the fruit crisper drawer. 

When you are ready to use your grapes, you can remove them from the fridge and wash them using one of the methods above. 

When they are washed, you can go ahead and remove them from the stem. Washing your grapes and removing them from the stem will speed up the ripening process of your grapes significantly, and they should be enjoyed quickly once that is done.

How To Wash Grapes

There are three main methods you can use to learn how to wash grapes. Those three ways include washing your grapes thoroughly in cold water, using vinegar water to wash your grapes, and using a combination of baking soda and salt to wash your grapes. No matter which method you choose, these three are the best methods you can use to have clean, fresh, and delicious grapes. 

Let’s clean and save those grapes!

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