Grapes are fruits that are botanically a family member of berries. They taste sweet with a slight sour-y flavor and very refreshing. The skin color of grapes can vary from bright yellowish green, to reddish purple color or even dark purple color with firm texture. The variety of food and beverage that can resulted from processed grapes can also vary from jam, juice, jelly, raisins, and what happen to be one of the finest drink in human history, wine.
Like any other types of berries, usually freshly picked grapes will have bits of white powdery coating on its skin. This coating can make the grapes look less appetizing and some people might think that it is some left over pesticide. This white powdery coating on grapes skin is called bloom.
Bloom on grapes is mostly wax. This bloom helps grapes to preserve its life and reduce evaporation. This bloom is produced and excreted by the epidermal cells of the fruit. This substance is not dangerous nor life threatening, however, it will be much better if you can eat or cook some clean glowing grapes without wax on it.
Many people before, or even until now, thought that cleaning grapes is such a big work. Nobody really wants to buy a bunch of grapes and clean every single one of it one by one. Most people just clean it with running water. However, apparently to thoroughly clean the wax, some more steps are needed and not just running water.
This article will share with you some of the steps and products that we can use to clean the best selection of grape that you just brought home.
If you don’t have any food-safe cleansing soap and all you have at home is a bag of corn starch, you are as good to go. All you need to do is take the amount of grape that you want to eat out of the package. Just the amount you want to eat. Grapes, as other berries are very sensitive to excessive moistures. This can ruin the fruit and make them mushy.
Place those grapes in a big bowl and start sprinkling some 1 tablespoon of corn starch to them and add cool water until all the grapes are covered with water. Use your hand to mix the cornstarch and the water altogether. This step must be done gently as you don’t want to mash your grapes.
Continue swishing your grape and cornstarch water mixture for a couple of minutes. You can also put a lid on your bowl and swirl it around but it is always better to touch your grape and make sure that wax layers are cleaned.
After a couple of minutes, place your grapes at a colander and rinse with cool running water. Check your grapes, and make sure they are perfectly rinsed and no cornstarch left on the skin. Dry the grapes with napkin and they are good to eat straight away.
2.Baking Soda and Salt
It turns out baking soda and salt is not only good products for baking. Cleaning grapes with baking soda and salt is as easy as cleaning grapes with cornstarch. All you need is a handful of grapes or whatever amount of grape you want to eat at that time. Leave the rest of the grapes in the refrigerator to keep them free from excessive water.
First of all, put your grapes in a colander and place it under running tap water. Make sure that all of your grapes are rinsed. After that, move your grapes to a wide shallow bowl and sprinkle 1-2 teaspoon of baking soda and followed by 1-2 teaspoon of salt. If you can put a lid on the bowl that is perfect.
Carefully hold the closed bowl, and shake well from front to back and side to side. Keep doing that for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. You can also use your hand to clean them but make sure you do it gently. You can have a peek to check if your grapes are wax-free.
When you think that your grapes have been thoroughly washed, place them back in the colander and rinse again under cold water. You would want to rinse them nice and thorough as you would not want any salty taste on your grapes.
3.Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is no longer a secret as good product for mostly everything from cleaning your fruit and vegetables to your counter, as a mix to your salad dressing and keeping your heartburn at ease as well as detoxing your body.
Other than the above mentioned, apple cider vinegar is also good for cleaning the bloom of your grapes. All you need to do is dilute some apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water. Take a bowl of fresh grapes and put it in the diluted apple cider vinegar.
From this point all you need to do is very similar with the other products. Soak all the grapes and stir them in the apple cider vinegar mixture. Keep stirring for about one minute or so before checking whether your grapes have no more wax.
Once you grapes and shiny and clean, rinse them with running cold water thoroughly and pat them dry with napkin and place them on serving plate or mix them in your salad.
Picking and taking out moldy grapes from the bunch can also help you to prolong the freshness and cleanliness of your grapes. Discard the moldy grapes straight away and store only the good unwashed ones in the refrigerator and take our whenever you want to use them.
Not only cleansing the wax on the grapes skin, the above mentioned tips can also cleanse your grapes from the bug and residue of the pesticide on its skin. Despite the vitamin that grapes have, they are grown in an open yard under the sun, so it leaves big chance of bugs and bacteria to be caught on grapes skin. Even grapes that are grown in an organic farm will use certain pesticide that they allow. So it is very important to wash your grapes before consuming them. However, please remember that only wash a certain amount of grapes that you want to consume or you want to use for your cooking.