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You Can Store Grapes Longer By Keeping The Stems

bowl of red grapes on the stem
bowl of red grapes on the stem - Knape/Getty Images

There are lots of different types of grapes that can be used for snacking or making jams, jellies, or even juices. Concord, Cotton Candy, and Black Muscat are among some of the favorite bunches you can select from. Some are sweet, some are tart, and some are just right. Of course, if you need to take a taste before you purchase, make sure that you use proper etiquette for sampling grapes at the supermarket. No one wants soft, mushy grapes; however, once you select your bunch, if you want to keep them fresh after you bring them home there are some storage tips to keep in mind.

Remember, like any fruit, vegetable, flower, or plant, once you pick a grape, its days are numbered. The lifespan of this fruit is dependent on a few factors that you can control, the first being that you select quality grapes. You want to pick those that are firm, smooth, and not sticky or shriveled. The second is that the grapes should remain on the stem while in storage. This preserves them because it keeps the grapes sealed and therefore prevents air from entering them. Finally, you shouldn't wash your grapes until you're ready to eat them -- and if you do, make sure you dry them thoroughly. Washing your grapes creates moisture which in turn breeds bacteria that destroys the fruit and accelerates its decay process.

Read more: 13 Simple Tricks To Pick The Best Fresh Fruit Every Time

A Breathable Container Is Key For Keeping Grapes Fresh

Close-up of an undressed Waldorf salad on a plate
Close-up of an undressed Waldorf salad on a plate - Julie208/Shutterstock

In addition to keeping your grapes on the stem, it's imperative that the container you store them in is ventilated. This will help the cool air move through the grapes and the uniform chill will ultimately keep them fresh longer. If you keep your grapes in the fridge with their stem still intact, you can expect them to last for up to two weeks. But, if you want, you can also preserve your grapes by freezing them for up to a month.

And yes, you can freeze a single grape bunch whole without breaking it apart. Just make certain you keep them in an airtight container and you can enjoy them whenever you get the craving. When you are ready to eat the fruit, don't forget the easy hack to get every grape off the stem that requires just a tea towel. Store your grapes properly and they will be in good shape the next time you want to make a candied walnut Waldorf salad.

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