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How Do You Wash Grapes? Thursday Two Questions #144


Red grapes in a bunchI need a little help here. I love red grapes. I am not so much into green grapes, but red seedless grapes are so yummy. It is like eating candy, but much healthier. The only thing I don't like is washing them. I usually wash each grape individually and that's why I get a little lazy even thinking it. Washing grapes is a tedious job that takes a long time. After I'd washed the grapes, I usually put them in a strainer to dry-off.

I don't know how else to wash grapes, since I want to make sure I get all the dirt and waxy feeling off. There must be an easier way to wash grapes, isn't there? It seemed as if I am not the only one that don't like to wash grapes. When we buy grapes, they sit in the refridgerator until someone takes the initiative to wash them - and that someone is usually me. Does this sound about  same in your household with fruits?

Here are Self Sagacity's Thursday Two Questions #144
1) Who washes grapes in your household?
2) How do you wash grapes?

red grapes in a bag

Just in case you are curious. There are agents that can aid in the cleaning of grapes. Both ways require that all the grapes are removed from the their branches. Discard the bad ones and rinse them well. Even with these agents, I would still want to rub them individually to make sure I don't miss any - so not any easier, but it could make the cleaning faster. Smiles.

Option 1
  • Immerse them in a bowl of water with fresh lemon juice + a little baking soda for 2 or 3 minutes. 
  • Soak, then rinse them again.

Option 2
If you don't have lemon juice on hand you can use salt. And here is a another way of washing grapes.  
  • Add a little salt or baking soda to the water.
  • Or mix both the baking soda and the salt to the water and immerse the grapes in them.
  • Wash for about 2 or 3 minutes in the mixture and rinse well in clear cold water.

Most pesticides (auxigro is the most common, and contains MSG) are oil based to keep them sticking to the crops during rain. You will not be able to wash all the pesticides off as some has permeated into the skin and the fruit itself. But these two steps will help to dissolved some of the oil. 

grapes off the branches


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18 comments :

  1. Wow! Never really thought about it. I just rinse in the sink and we eat them. Hmmm... This is making me think!

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    1. I have a list of all the fruits and veggies that we should stay away from due to pesticide.

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  2. I quickly rinse my grapes in a large mixing bowl full of water and that's about it!

    Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. I do that sometimes, and sometimes I just rinse and rub.

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  3. Interesting tips on how to wash grapes..normally I just wash them with water. We do have a lot of baking soda and salt at home :)

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    1. I think it is worth a try. If you can't live without grapes, but the tips are good for all fruits and veggies.

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  4. I don't buy grapes often, but when I do, I am like you, and I really hate washing them! That's probably why we don't buy them often as well!

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    1. It is a tedious job. I can see someone washing them for me.

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  5. I'm the same as you that is why for my peace of mind... I only buy organic grapes when they are on "sale". That's the only time I eat grapes because I don't have to worry if I am washing the pesticides off.

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    1. That is actually smart. I will consider that next time.

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  6. i don't buy grapes often since only I love to eat it, if I do, I wash it like option 1

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    1. It sounds like more people don't like grapes than I thought. I just thought everyone loves grapes. ha.

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  7. I just rinse them, then blot dry and eat..Maybe I should soak them using one of your methods above!

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    1. I do that too, but always feel guilty about not taking enough time with the cleaning. I think soaking them for a little bit in baking soda is good, it will dissolve some of the waxy sticky feel.

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  8. I buy grapes each week - mostly for the kids to have so that they can have their 5-a-day. I don't take them off the stems to wash them. I simply rinse under the tap and blot dry. Then I put them in a bowl with a lid and give it to them to include in a packed lunch. I do find them a bit sticky, but I thought this was just the natural feel of grapes (my in-laws have a grape vine growing in their conservatory and the grapes from there can be sticky too). I'll have to consider washing them more carefully in the future.

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    1. It could be different where you live. Not sure if all the stickiness is from the pesticide either. It could just be the way grapes are like you say.

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  9. Amanda, you are so right. It is necessary to wash produce. I wash all mine with a baking soda scrub. I am particularly concerned since my ex was diagnosed with parasites which he probably got from eating raw fruit.

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    1. It is kind of scary when you think about how thin the fruit and vegetable skins are. I tried the baking soda and salt the other day on the grapes, and it worked beautifully.

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