How to Select Grapes
Select grapes that are plump and have a silvery “bloom” on the skin, this is an indication of freshness. Avoid grapes which are wrinkled or leaking juice. They should be intact and firmly attached to a healthy stem which is moist and flexible. The color of the skin where it attaches to the stem should be consistent with the rest of the fruit. The color of the grape indicates how sweet it will be. Green grapes should have a yellow hue, red grapes will have a red coloring and purple and black grapes will have a deep rich color.
How to Store Grapes
Grapes are best when stored in the refrigerator crisper in a perforated plastic bag. It is best to wash grapes just before consuming; the added moisture from washing them will cause them to deteriorate quicker.
Wash the grapes under cool water and then pat them dry. Arrange the clean grapes in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze at least two hours. Transfer frozen grapes to a freezer container or freezer bag and store in the freezer.
How to Ripen Grapes
As with other preclimateric fruit, grapes do not ripen once they have been removed from the vine. The sugar content and color of the fruit happens on the vine.
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