How to keep grapes fresh

Bought too much grapes and need them to last as long as possible? You’re probably wondering how to store grapes to keep them fresh the longest.

Or maybe your grapes tend to go bad quickly, and you want to make sure you’re doing everything right storage-wise.

If that sounds familiar, you’re in the right place. In this article, we cover:

  • where, how, and how long you can store grapes
  • how to make them last as long as possible (hint: it’s about picking the best ones)
  • signs that your grapes are spoiled

How To Store Grapes

Store grapes in a ventilated plastic bag in the crisper drawer in the fridge. Keep them attached to the stems, and don’t wash them until you serve them.

Grapes usually are sold in perforated plastic bags, and that’s the optimal way of storing them ([OH]).

If yours are in such a bag, leave them there. If not, consider poking some holes to allow airflow, or at least leave the top open.

The veggie drawer is the best place to keep grapes because they like high humidity ([OH]). If you don’t have one in your fridge, put them in the back of a shelf, where it’s colder than in the front.

To store your grapes as long as possible, postpone washing them until right before serving ([OH]). This way, you’re sure there’s no moisture on the fruit that might speed up spoilage.

If you’ve already washed your grapes, or need to store leftovers, make sure they’re dry before you put them in the refrigerator. Use paper towels or a kitchen towel to get rid of any wet spots and water drops.

Last but not least, don’t remove grapes from stems until you serve them. Or, better yet, serve them in small bunches so that everyone takes care of that on their own.

How Do You Keep Grapes Fresh Longer?

To keep your grapes fresh for as long as possible, you need to:

  • buy the best ones available
  • store them properly

We’ve already covered the latter. Now let’s talk about picking fresh grapes.

For starters, you need to know that the grapes you buy are ripe. They don’t ripen or get better after they have been harvested ([OH]). In that way, grapes are more like apples and pears, not bananas or mangoes.

Try to choose grapes that are (still) at peak quality. They won’t get any better after you buy them.

When you examine grapes in the supermarket, look at both the fruit and the stems. The best grapes ([OH]):

  • Are plump and firm to the touch. Shriveled, bruised, or soft grapes will soon go bad.
  • Have a full, rich color. Brownish or discolored fruits mean they’ve started to spoil already.
  • Are firmly attached to green stems. Dry and brown/black stems usually mean grapes will soon start to drop off them, and that’s no good.

If you plan on storing grapes for more than a week, give them a check every three days and get rid of those that have turned brownish or started to grow mold.

How Long Do Grapes Last?

Grapes last for up to two weeks in the crisper drawer, or a day or two at room temperature.

Like with all fruits and veggies, the better quality ones you buy, and the better you take care of them, the longer they’ll keep for.

If yours look like they’ve sat in the supermarket for a few days, don’t expect them to last longer than a week. But if you’ve bought them fresh from a local grower at the farmer’s market, they should easily last for 10 to 14 days.

The most common scenario for grapes is that after a few days of storage, there will be a few ones that are starting to brown or grow mold already, and the rest will be just fine.

How To Tell When Grapes Are Bad?

Throw out grapes that:

  • Are soft, shriveled, or oozing water. They’re old and no good quality-wise.
  • Are brown, discolored, or moldy. Of course, some slight discolorations here and there is okay.
  • Smell or look off in any other way. When in doubt, throw them out.

The rule here is that you should discard grapes that are plain spoiled (moldy, brown, shriveled) or their quality is no longer acceptable (soft, starting to brown). And the latter is up to you to decide.

For me, eating somewhat softish grapes is okay, as long as they aren’t shriveled or have large sunken spots already. And I don’t mind minor discolorations.

But if I serve grapes to any friends or family, I’m much stricter about what’s acceptable and what’s not.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grapes

Yes, but only if you plan on eating them the same or the next day. Grapes quickly deteriorate at ambient temperature, so leaving them in a fruit bowl on the counter isn’t a good idea.

Yes, but check for any signs of spoilage first, and wash them before eating. If you’re not sure they’re safe to eat, throw them out.

  • Keep grapes in a perforated plastic bag in the veggie drawer in the fridge. Don’t wash or remove them from the stems before serving.
  • Grapes can last for up to two weeks in the fridge, and a couple of days at room temperature.
  • Throw out grapes that are soft, shriveled, brown, moldy, or smell off.

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If you bought fresh seedless grapes from the farmers market and don’t plan on eating them right away, you can store them in your refrigerator for a few days or a freezer for several months. Make sure to buy only plump, ripe grapes free of any bruises or soft spots for the best quality.

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Grapes make ideal snacks straight from your hand, or you can add them to both sweet and savory salads. Store the grapes properly to ensure the optimum taste.

Keep the seedless grapes in the perforated plastic bag they came in, or transfer them to one if they came in different packaging; perforated bags will allow air to circulate around the grapes.

Don’t wash the grapes before storing them in the refrigerator. Rinse the fresh fruit under cool, running tap water just before eating them.

Seal the top of the bag with its zip-lock closure if it features one. Place the bag of grapes in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer. Store the grapes in the refrigerator for five to seven days.

Rinse the grapes under cool, running tap water before freezing them. Allow the grapes to thoroughly air-dry or pat them dry with paper towels. Place the grapes in a freezer-safe plastic container featuring an airtight lid. Freeze the grapes in a freezer set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 months.

Things You Will Need

  • Perforated plastic bag
  • Paper towels (optional)
  • Freezer-safe plastic storage container with an airtight lid

Frozen grapes make refreshing warm-weather snacks. Try adding halved grapes to chicken salad as a creative twist.

How satisfying are grapes? That crisp snap of the skin and then the sweet juicy burst from the inside of the grape. Not only are they a nice refreshing snack they are great for your health too!

Grapes are known to reduce blood sugar, full of antioxidants, vitamin C and so much more.

Ok, enough about that. How do you store grapes to keep them fresh? Grapes of all kinds should be stored in the refrigerator, you want them stored cold to keep them fresh and delicious.

How to keep grapes fresh

How to properly store grapes

Whether you like green grapes or red grapes, they are stored the same way. You always want to store them in the fridge. This will maintain the crispness and keep them lasting longer.

Here are a few key things to think about if you are wondering how to store grapes.

1. Buying the best bunch of grapes

The most important thing is buying good grapes. There are no tricks or tips that I can give you to store your grapes and keep them fresh if you buy a bad bag of them to start with.

When buying grapes you want to look not only at the grapes themselves but the stems and in the bottom of the bag. Yup, I said look in the bottom of the bag.

Strange I know, but if there are a ton of loose grapes that have fallen off the stems and sitting loosely at the bottom, chances are it’s a bad bag altogether.

The stems are most likely brittle and brown which means the grapes aren’t getting any nutrients and therefore falling off and rotting.

Healthy grapes should be plump and round and firmly attached to the stems. You have probably notice that grapes have a white powdery white substance on them.

You automatically think it must be a pesticide.

Well, good news! It is not a pesticide. It is what you call “bloom”, a natural waxy protective layer that the grapes make to help protect themselves.

If you notice mushy or rotten grapes or even mold you are going to want to pass on that bag. Luckily grapes come in see-through bags which makes it a lot easier to inspect them before you get home.

2. Refrain from washing

You do not what to wash your grapes before storing them. It is best to take out as many as you would like and rinse only what you need.

They will get soft and moldy if they are too wet and will stay fresher longer if they are kept just as they were when you bought them.

3. Let them breathe

Store them in a well-ventilated bag or container. When you buy them they are in a bag that is covered in holes because if not the humidity will get trapped and become moisture.

Keeping them in the bag that they came in is ideal because it allows are the air to get around the grapes. If you have a well ventilated container that works too. As long as air can get in and around them.

4. Refrigerate

Grapes happy place is in 30-32 degrees Fahrenheit with 90-95% humidity. Keeping them in the crisping drawer is the perfect environment and will keep them fresh longer.

You want to store them away from other foods that have strong odors such as onions because the grapes will absorb the smells and be unpleasant. No one wants to taste onions when they are eating grapes!

Properly stored grapes will last about two weeks in the fridge. They should always best kept cold. The refrigerator gives a better result than the freezer.

Can you store grapes in a Ziploc bag?

It is not advisable to store grapes in a Ziploc bag that isn’t ventilated. Grapes really require airflow so that moisture doesn’t get trapped and cause the grapes to get mushy.

Keeping them in the bag that they came in or a ventilated bag or container will keep them fresh and crisp, just the way they should be.

Should you take grapes off the stem?

Grapes should remain on the stems and unwashed when you are storing them. This allows for the air to get in and around all of the grapes and keeps them dry.

You want to keep grapes on the stems until you are ready to eat them. At that point, you can remove them from the stem and wash them.

How to keep grapes fresh

Fresh grapes are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and many other vitamins that are associated with good heart health. Fresh grapes also have the ability to improve cognition, eyesight, and blood pressure levels. There are many different ways you can keep grapes fresh and tasty for up to several days and weeks after the purchase date.

Step One

Choosing Fresh Grapes – Search for grapes with green stems that are firmly connected to the fruit. Grapes with brown stems that disconnect easily are often extremely ripe, and may spoil at a faster rate.

Step Two

Examine the colors and hues of grapes to determine their ripeness. All white grapes should have a frosty green hue, whereas red and purple grapes should have rich, dark tones.Avoid purchasing grapes that feature brown discoloration or abnormal hues, which are signs that may indicate rot.

Step Three

Look for signs of mold on clusters of grapes. If grapes are excessively soft to the touch and are displaying white and gray patches of mold, choose a different bunch of grapes. Mold is a sign of rot and could spread quickly to the remaining healthy grapes in your bunch.

Step Four

Storing Grapes to Maintain Freshness – Place your grapes in the refrigerator immediately upon arriving home. Grapes will stay freshest when stored at temperatures between 30 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 and 0 degrees Celsius).

Step Five

Store your grapes at the back of the refrigerator. The space at the back of your refrigerator is often kept cooler, and will help keep your grapes fresh for between 2 and 3 weeks.

Step Six

Separate stacks of grapes when buying in bulk to promote air circulation. Keeping crates of grapes stacked on top of one another may cause them to spoil sooner.

Learn how to store and freeze grapes so they last. Use these tips for freezing and storing grapes in the freezer or refrigerator.

How to Store and Freeze Grapes

Figuring out how to store grapes properly can help these otherwise fickle fruits stay fresh and flavorful. In fact, with a few tricks, grapes can become a mainstay of your fruit drawer. In the following Glad ® guide, we’ll provide you with everything you need to learn how to store grapes and freeze grapes like a pro.

How to keep grapes fresh

How to Store Grapes

Grapes are full of healthy benefits. But enjoying these benefits starts with storing grapes properly. Use the following tips to learn how to store grapes in the fridge for maximum shelf life.

Pick the Right Bunch

How to keep grapes fresh

Storing grapes properly starts in the store. Choose bunches with thick, hearty stems that have the majority of the grapes firmly attached. If the bag’s full of stragglers, cut it loose.

Store First, Wash Later

How to keep grapes fresh

It might be tempting to wash your grapes as soon as you walk in the door, but the washing process can help accelerate spoilage. For peak freshness, wash your grapes immediately before you plan to eat them.

Transfer and Cover

How to keep grapes fresh

Once you’ve tossed away any loose grapes, place your grapes in a bowl and cover it with a food-safe plastic wrap, like Glad ® Press’n Seal ® or Glad ® ClingWrap. Be sure to poke several holes in the wrap to allow for proper circulation.

Storing Cut Grapes

To store grapes that you’ve already cut, place them in a food-safe container, like a GladWare ® Food Storage Container.

How to Freeze Grapes

Once you learn how to freeze grapes, you can expect to enjoy them for months on end. And thankfully, learning how to freeze grapes is truly as easy as you might expect.

Step 1: Wash and Rinse

How to keep grapes fresh

To start, rinse and dry your grapes, then spread them on a freezer-safe sheet or baking pan. Place the pan in your freezer until the grapes are frozen. This ensures your grapes won’t stick together once you store them in larger quantities.

Step 2: Transfer and Store

How to keep grapes fresh

Next, transfer your frozen grapes to a food safe plastic bag or container, such as a Glad ® Freezer Zipper Bag or Glad ® FreezerWare Container. If using a bag, be sure to try and remove as much of the excess air as possible before sealing.

How to Defrost Grapes

To defrost your grapes, simply transfer your container from the freezer to the fridge and allow your grapes to thaw slowly. This helps the grapes keep their natural flavors and textures intact.

And of course, if you’d prefer to skip the thawing process all together, you can enjoy your grapes frozen (but do be warned, they’re addicting!).

How to keep grapes fresh

How Long Will Your Grapes Last?

How long do grapes last in the fridge? Well, with Glad’s collection of Food Storage Bags and Containers, you can keep grapes fresh and juicy for longer than you’d expect.

Assuming your grapes are in a bowl covered with a food-safe plastic wrap, like Glad ® ClingWrap or Glad ® Press’n Seal ® , they should last around one week. When frozen, expect your grapes to last up to a month.

How to keep grapes fresh

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  • How long do grapes last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions – for maximum shelf life, keep grapes refrigerated at all times.
  • How long do grapes last at room temperature? Grapes should only be left out at room temperature if being consumed within the same day, as grapes are highly perishable and do not ripen after being picked.
  • Refrigerate grapes in perforated plastic bag; discard any bruised or moldy grapes before refrigerating.
  • To extend the shelf life of grapes, do not wash the grapes until ready to eat or use.
  • How long do grapes last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, grapes will usually keep for about 7 to 14 days in the fridge.
  • Can you freeze whole grapes? Yes, to freeze:(1) Take off the stems, wash grapes carefully in cold water, pat dry and place in a single layer on cookie tray in freezer; (2) Once grapes are frozen, transfer to airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags and return to freezer.
  • How long do whole grapes last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only – grapes that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if grapes are bad or spoiled? Grapes that are spoiling will typically become soft and mushy and their color will deteriorate; discard grapes if mold appears or if the grapes have an off smell or appearance.

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How to keep grapes fresh

Proper harvesting and careful handling ensure that fresh cherries retain their delicious flavor and firm, juicy texture as long as possible. Are you wondering how to store cherries? Here are some tips on storing and handling cherries after harvest.

How to Handle Harvested Cherries

Once harvested, fresh cherries must be cooled as soon as possible to slow down the ripening process, as the quality will deteriorate quickly. Keep cherries in a shady spot until you can get them into the refrigerator or other cold storage.

Place the cherries in a sturdy plastic bag or container, but don’t wash them yet because the moisture will speed the decaying process. Wait and rinse the cherries with cold water when you’re ready to eat them.

Keep in mind that although the color may change, the quality of cherries doesn’t improve after harvest. Sweet cherries, such as Bing, stay fresh about two to three weeks in the refrigerator, and sour cherries, such as Montmorency or Early Richmond, last about three to seven days. Both types may retain their quality for several months in commercial cold storage.

Discard cherries soon if they’re soft, mushy, bruised or discolored. Get rid of them immediately if you notice mold where the stem was attached.

You can also freeze cherries, and they’ll last six to eight months. Pit the cherries or leave them whole, then spread them on a cookie sheet, in a single layer. Once the cherries are frozen, place them in a bag or container.

Ideal Temperatures for Post-Harvest Cherry Storage

Sweet cherries should be stored at 30 to 31 F. (approximately -1 C.). Storage for sour cherries should be slightly warmer, about 32 F. (0 C).

Relative humidity for both types of cherries should be between 90 and 95 percent; otherwise, the cherries are likely to dry out.

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Posted on Last updated: October 12, 2020 By: Author Renee Groskreutz

Cherries are the perfect summer treats. Whether you use them for garnishing your drinks, baking your favorite pies, or simply pop them in your mouth – cherries are delicious.

The only problem is that like strawberries, cherries are completely ripe and ready for consumption when you buy them, which is why they can go bad quite quickly.

So, if you have some cherries that you don’t plan on eating right away, it is best to learn how to store cherries like a pro to make them last for a long time.

How to keep grapes fresh

How to Store Cherries

When stored incorrectly, cherries can go bad in a matter of hours. This makes it important to learn how to make the most of your cherries and make them last for long.

Take a look at how to store cherries the right way.

Refrigerate Cherries

Cherries last longer when stored in cold temperatures. Therefore, an easy way to store cherries and keep them fresh is to refrigerate them.

To refrigerate cherries, simply transfer them in an airtight plastic container and then place it in the refrigerator. You can also use a resealable plastic bag for this purpose.

Keep in mind that cherries can pick flavors from other foods in the fridge. So, make sure you store them separately. One trick is to keep them in a plastic bag and then place the bag in an airtight plastic container before storing it in the fridge.

This will ensure that your cherries stay fresh and flavorful.

Dehydrate Cherries

Want to enjoy cherries all year round in baked goods, compotes, and as salad topping? Then try dehydrating your cherries.

To dry the cherries, wash your cherries and remove excess moisture using a paper towel. Place them on a baking tray. Make sure you leave a bit of space in between cherries to allow the hot air to pass.

Preheat the oven to 165°F. Put the baking tray full of cherries in the oven and bring down the heat to 135°F. Leave them in the oven for about 6 hours.

The cherries will shrink and look like raisins. Let them cool and then store in a plastic freezer bag. Store the bag in the freezer and use dried cherries whenever you want!

Freeze Cherries

Want to store cherries for longer periods? If yes, then freezing them may be the best option for you. The good news is that freezing cherries is super simple.

Place the cherries in a baking tray. Make sure you line them in a single layer. Place the tray in the freezer to freeze the cherries. Generally, it takes around an hour for cherries to freeze.

Once they are hard and firm, transfer them into a heavy-duty freezer bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible before storing the bag in the freezer.

You can also use a straw to suck out air from the bag. Many people wonder if it is possible to freeze fresh cherries. Let’s find out!

How to keep grapes fresh

Can You Freeze Fresh Cherries?

Yes, it is possible to freeze fresh cherries. You can start the freezing process as soon as you bring your cherries home. You can also pit cherries before freezing them.

However, it is a matter of personal preference and most people don’t go through the trouble of pitting cherries before freezing.

Should I Wash Cherries before Storing Them?

Washing cherries before storing them is NOT a good idea. This is because cherries can retain moisture in the area where the stem attaches to the fruit.

The excessive moisture can speed up the decaying process and also lead to mold. So, wash your cherries right before eating them or if you plan on drying them.

Do Cherries Go Bad If Not Refrigerated?

Yes, cherries can go bad quickly if they are not stored in the refrigerator. It is advisable to refrigerate cherries as soon as you buy them.

However, if you must leave them out, make sure you know how to keep them fresh.

How to keep grapes fresh

How to Keep Cherries Fresh

Here are a few tips to make sure your cherries remain fresh even when you don’t store them in the fridge or freezer.

  • Keep your cherries in a cool, dry place. Make sure they are not exposed to sunlight. Otherwise, they may shrink and wrinkle up.
  • Leave the stems on. Remove stems only when you are ready to eat your cherries!

How Long Do Cherries Last?

How long your cherries last depends on how you choose to store them. When stored at room temperature, fresh cherries can last for up to two days. However, they must not be left in sunlight.

In the refrigerator, cherries can last for up to 2 weeks if stored properly. Frozen or dried cherries can last for up to a year. However, it is best to use them within 8 – 9 months.

Now that you know all about how to store cherries, you’ll never have to throw spoiled cherries away. The next time you buy cherries, make sure you store them properly to enjoy your favorite fruit all round the year!