Grapes are delicious, nutritious, and healthy. They also go bad quickly. But how long do they last before going bad?
There are many myths surrounding the shelf life of grapes. Some say that grapes should only be eaten within 2 weeks after being picked. Others claim that grapes will never spoil unless exposed to air. Still, others believe that grapes can stay fresh forever if stored properly.
This article will clear up these common misconceptions and help you understand exactly how long grapes can last. I’ll also explain why grapes are perishable, how to store them correctly, and how to tell whether or not your grapes are safe to consume.
Shelf life of grapes
The shelf life of grapes depends on several factors:
- The type of grape
- The quality of the fruit
- How it’s stored
- When it was harvested
- The ripeness of the fruit
How long do grapes last?
- Refrigerator: 7 to 14 days
- Freezer: 10 to 12 months (best quality)
The precise answer to this question depends to a large extent on the storage conditions. For maximum shelf life, store grapes in the refrigerator.
How long do grapes keep at room temperature?
Grapes should only be stored at room temperature if eaten the same day, as they are highly perishable and do not ripen after being picked.
Refrigerate grapes in a perforated plastic bag. Discard bruised or moldy grapes before storing them in the refrigerator.
To prolong the shelf life of grapes, wash them only before eating or using them.
How long do grapes keep in the refrigerator?
If stored in the right conditions, grapes will generally keep for 7 to 14 days in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze grapes?
Yes. Remove the stems, wash the grapes thoroughly in cold water, pat them dry with a paper towel, spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet, then put the sheet in the freezer. Once the grapes are frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag and return them to the freezer.
How long do raisins keep in the freezer?
If stored in the right conditions, the grapes maintain optimum quality for about 10 to 12 months in the freezer but remain suitable for consumption beyond this period.
How do you know if the grapes are expired?
Grapes that spoil usually become soft and their color deteriorates. Discard the grapes if mold appears or if they smell or look unusual.
Store grapes in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. If possible, use a refrigerator rather than a pantry because the cooler temperatures inside the refrigerator will slow down the growth of bacteria.
Wash grapes well before storing them. Do not leave any part of the stem attached to the grape.
Remove the grapes from their packaging and lay them out on a clean surface/bowl. Arrange the grapes in a single layer so that they don’t touch each other.
Discard any damaged or spoiled grapes.