Wednesday, October 24, 2007

WFMW: Buying Grapes

Okay so here it goes. I'm a new blogger so please be patient. This could get a little hairy! So have you ever gone to the store to pick up grapes and ask yourself, how do I pick good grapes. So you pick up a bag, turn it around (so you look like you know what you're doing) and put them in your cart. You buy them, take them home, put them in the fridge and two days later you are throwing out half them because they are mushy and maybe moldy. Well, you're not alone. I've done this a million and I think I have found a way to, at least, lengthen the life of my grapes.
First, and you probably do this, look over the grapes. I don't buy grapes that have smooshed grapes in the bag. If there are a few that I see, there are usually a lot more that I don't. Look at the general color too.
Second, look at the stems. I know what you're thinking. I don't eat the stems. True, but in my experience if the stems look green they still have life in them to feed the grapes. If the stems are brown and shriveled the grapes are usually headed in that direction as well.
Third and last, take then home and soak them in cold water for about 5 minutes and then remove from the stem. Toss all the yucky ones. I found this hint on last weeks WFMW but I can't seem to find it again. If I do I'll link to it. Viola, there you go. Grapes firm and ready to eat. So there's my first WFMW. I hope to do more. If you need more tips go visit Shannon


Not the Queen said...

Great tip! Keep up the blogging!

Ginny said...

Thanks for the tip, never thought to look at the stems.

tgabc said...

Thanks, those are great tips! We love grapes and they aren't cheap. I really, really HATE when they go bad before we can eat them and although I do look in the bag for mushed or bad ones, I never thought to look at the stems or to soak in cold water and take off the stem right away. Thanks, I will try it!