Whether you grow grapes in your Denver garden or purchase them at the farmer’s market or the supermarket, here’s a simple tip to make your clusters crisp. First, wash your grapes in hot water. I often let my grapes stand in a big bowl of hot water. Then place grapes in a colander and rinse them with more hot water. Grapes–unless you get organic–tend to have lots of pesticides on them, so the washing helps rid the fruit of chemicals.
Once the grapes have drained. Wrap them in paper towels. If you’re trying to cut down your paper towel consumption, you can use a linen dishtowel, but the paper towels do seem to work best.
Allow wrapped grapes to stand either on the countertop at room temperature or in the refrigerator. I usually keep grapes cold.
I don’t remember who taught me this fruit trick, but the end result is firm, crisp grapes–just the way most of us prefer them.
Try frozen grapes, too!
Another trick for summer refreshment is to freeze grapes. Once your grapes have dried, simply spread them on a cookie sheet and pop them in the freezer. Once frozen, you may add the grapes to a freezer container to keep. Frozen grapes make a wonderful naturally sweet snack that takes the edge off a hot summer’s day. Try some for yourself or the youngsters in your life.
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