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Can You Freeze Grapes?

Deliciously juicy little fruits, grapes make a great snack, addition to fruit salad, green salad, smoothies, and even jam or compote.

Being a summer fruit, you might find yourself taking advantage of in-season discounts for bulk purchases and wonder if there is a way to make the excess of grapes last through the winter months. 

The good news is that you can freeze grapes to prolong their shelf life, ensuring that you have summer goodness in your freezer all year round.

Here is your simple guide to freezing grapes successfully. 

Types of Grapes

Grapes are small round or oval-shaped fruits that grow in clusters. They can be green, dark purple, crimson, yellow, or pink in color.

Grapes are classified either as table grapes which are eaten fresh or as wine grapes used mainly in the production of wine.

The difference between these types of grapes is that table grapes are larger, often seedless fruits with thin skin, while wine grapes are smaller and sweeter with a thicker skin. The skin brings aroma to wine and therefore the thicker skin is quite desirable.

Grapes are also used to make jam, jelly, grape juice, raisins, vinegar, grape seed extract, and grapeseed oil.

Can Grapes Be Frozen?

Yes, grapes can be frozen and make a delicious frozen snack. Once fully thawed, grapes will become soft and soggy, however, grapes are generally frozen for the purpose of eating in their frozen state while they are still firm and crisp.

Only freeze good quality, fresh and plump grapes. Do not freeze grapes that are soft or bruised. Although grapes with seeds can be frozen, it is recommended to freeze seedless grapes. The seeds are bitter and not very pleasant to bite into when eating your frozen treat.


How To Freeze Grapes

Step 1: Sort

Pick the grapes off the stalk and remove any that are damaged, bruised, brown, or soft.

Step 2: Wash and Dry

Wash the grapes to remove any dirt or pesticides under cold water. Shake off any excess water and dry the grapes with a clean kitchen or paper towel.

Step 3: Pre-freeze

Spread the grapes out on a lined baking sheet and place it in the freezer until the grapes are frozen.

Step 4: Pack

Remove the baking sheet from the freezer. Pack the grapes into a resealable freezer bag. Lightly press the air from the bag and seal.

Step 5: Label and Freeze

Label the bag with the date using a permanent marker. This way you can keep track of how long the grapes have been stored.

How To Thaw Frozen Grapes

Grapes that have been frozen are best eaten while still frozen. Eat them as a cold snack, add them to smoothies, or toss them into a fruit salad.

If you are using the grapes to make jam, jelly, or preserves, thaw them in the refrigerator.


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Conclusion

Frozen grapes are a great replacement for ice cubes in the water on hot days and can be blended to make your own grape sorbet. Skewer the grapes before freezing, and you have a great summer party snack.

Whether you can’t finish all your grapes before they go bad, or are purposefully stocking up for the winter months, freezing grapes is a fantastic way to save money, food waste, and prolong their shelf life.

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