When you’ve purchased a bunch of fresh grapes, you may come home wondering whether or not you should leave them on the counter or refrigerate them. It depends on when you plan to eat them.
If you plan to leave your grapes on the counter, be sure to eat them within a few days. Any more than that and they have the potential to go bad before you can enjoy them. Putting the grapes in the fridge prolongs their freshness and you can enjoy them throughout the week.
There are a few other key tips to keep in mind when storing grapes, like keeping them on the stem. If you wash them before you store them, they can deteriorate faster due to the higher moisture content.
How long can grapes be stored at room temperature?
Grapes keep well on the counter at room temperature for 2 to 4 days. Any more than that and you should consider storing them some other way, like in the fridge so they stay fresh.
If you keep grapes on the counter for too long at room temperature, they will spoil and become mushy and unpalatable to eat. When you know you won’t be eating them for a day or two, it’s best to go ahead and store them immediately at a cooler temperature.
Note that grapes in the supermarket are usually left at room temperature. This means the clock has already started and it’s hard to tell if they’ve already been sitting for a day or two, speeding up their pace.
When you bring them home, clean and store them as you see fit. If they still feel firm to the touch, they may be able to hold up for a while on the counter. However, if they are already a bit soft, it is recommended to put them directly in the fridge.
If you don’t want to eat cold grapes, you can simply refrigerate them and then take them out of the fridge an hour or two before eating. This allows them to come down to room temperature, while keeping them cool and firm.
How to know if the grapes have spoiled?
When grapes go bad, there are some obvious visual cues consumers can watch for to avoid eating a rotten grape. They often become soft, wrinkled, and can become discolored. They may also have mildew stains, in which case you’ll need to throw them out.
If your grapes have taken on a sour vinegar smell, that also means they have gone bad. Always do a visual and olfactory inspection of your fruit before consuming it, as this can give you the confidence to eat or discard the product and start over if necessary.
Ripe grapes should be firm and spring back if lightly pressed. They should be green, purple, or red, depending on the variety you purchased. Some types of grapes can spoil faster than others, so keep that in mind when choosing your variety.
If the grapes look brown, that’s a clear sign that they’re past their sell-by date and you’ll want to throw them out. Slimy, shriveled grapes that are unpleasant to eat and can have a bad flavor that is not ideal for snacking on.
Eating grapes is a great way to get more vitamin C in your diet, so you’ll want to eat them before you run out. Nobody likes to grab the plate of grapes only to see that they have become unappetizing.
If you bought the grapes in a bunch, the entire bunch should be a uniform color. If some sections are good and others look bad, you can separate them and try to keep the ones that still look good to eat while you throw away the rest.
Can you get food poisoning from eating the wrong grapes?
Food poisoning is a serious concern even when eating poorly and is something that many people experience at least once in their lives. It’s unavoidable in some cases, but you can often visually inspect your food at home to make sure it’s safe to eat.
If your store-bought grapes weren’t handled properly and washed thoroughly before eating, you’re at risk for food poisoning. Eating rotten grapes can allow harmful bacteria to enter your system and make you sick.
Even if your bunch of grapes looks perfectly edible, you’ll want to wash it before you eat it. It is recommended to do so even if the packaging indicates that they have been pre-washed. Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to fresh produce.
Washing the fruit can prevent any bacteria that may have been picked up in the field or at the store from being carried into your body. This is an easy step that helps significantly reduce the risk of food poisoning.
It is important to know the common signs of food poisoning, such as upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and fever. If you have any of these symptoms, you need to hydrate and rest. Fortunately, food poisoning is usually mild and can be treated at home.
Grapes also have a high chance of being sprayed with pesticides while in the field, which is another reason why you should always wash them.
How to store grapes?
Grapes do best when stored at a cooler temperature, such as in the refrigerator. If your fridge has a vegetable drawer, all the better! Throw the raisins in the drawer and they should last much longer than on the counter.
Keep in mind that when storing grapes, you need to separate them from smelly foods. They absorb odors, so placing them next to garlic or onion could negatively affect their overall flavor profile.
If you’ve noticed that your grapes arrive in a plastic bag full of holes, it’s for a very good reason. It allows the grapes to remain aerated and dry.
If stored in a tightly sealed bag, moisture can form and allow the grapes to spoil more quickly.
Once you get them home, you can leave them in the original bag or place them in a ventilated container of your choice. You don’t want to put a lid on the container, as that will create an airtight seal.
When you wash your grapes before you put them away, you’ll want to give them time to dry completely before putting them in their place. Even then, you can place a layer of paper towels in the container which will soak up any excess moisture left on the fruit.
Do grapes last longer if left on the stem?
When buying bunches of grapes, a common question is whether or not you should pick them individually or leave them as they are.
It may seem easier to eat them if they’re already picked, especially if you want a quick snack on the go.
However, leaving the grapes on the stem can allow them to last longer. If you’re making your child’s lunch, you can tear them apart because they’ll be eaten in a few hours and won’t have time to spoil.
If you store grapes in your refrigerator and want them to last you all week, you should leave them on the stem. Picking them as you eat them is a fairly simple process and shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this nutritious snack.
Grapes on the stem can stay drier because the stem keeps them apart from one another instead of sitting on top of one another. This allows for ideal air circulation, which is essential to keep produce fresh for longer.
Leaving grapes stemmed and not washing before refrigerating can allow them to last up to two weeks! Most of the time, you will have eaten them long before.
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