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Should You Wash Grapes Before Storing Them?

Question: When we buy grapes, we wash the entire bunch at once and then eat them over several days. But they always start to spoil before we can finish them. Is this the best way to store grapes?

Answer: No, you should always hold off on washing grapes until you’re ready to eat them.

The reason, as the California Table Grape Commission points out, is that the excess moisture created by washing speeds up the grapes' decay.

To keep grapes at their freshest, store them unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

As noted here, fresh grapes usually keep well for up to a week in the fridge; you can also freeze grapes for future snacking or use in cooking.


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