Grapes are a super healthy fruit that makes a great snack. It’s best to store them in the fridge, but you can also keep them on the countertop if they’re fresh enough. If you want to know how long your grapes will last in the fridge, read on!
How Long Do Grapes Last In The Fridge?
Grapes can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, but you may need to check your individual grapes’ ripeness before keeping them at this temperature for too long. It’s best to keep them stored in a well-ventilated container in the crisper drawer of your fridge.
How Long Do Grapes Last at Room Temperature?
Grape growers recommend eating fresh grapes within two weeks of purchase because they lose their flavor quickly after this period. If you want to keep your grapes for longer than two weeks, it is best to store them in the fridge or freeze them.
At room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit), grapes will typically last for 2-4 days after harvest depending on how ripe they were when picked. Ripe grapes will keep longer than unripe ones because they have more natural sugars which help preserve their flavor over time.
Do Grapes Go Bad In The Fridge?
The short answer is yes, they do. But that doesn’t mean you need to throw them out right away!
Roughly speaking, a grape’s shelf life can be broken down into two sections: when it’s first picked and when it was picked—that is to say, whether or not it has been previously refrigerated. For example, if you bought your grape from a grocery store then went home and placed them in your fridge immediately after purchase (or even before), their shelf life would start from this point forward as though they were never refrigerated at all.
However, if you bought those same grapes from somewhere where there are no refrigerated sections for perishable goods—i.e., all grapes must be purchased cold-stored until someone brings them home—then their shelf life will have already begun ticking down since the time of harvest.
How to Tell if Grapes Has Gone Bad
When kept in optimal conditions, grapes have a long shelf life. If you buy fresh grapes from the grocery store and leave them in the fridge for more than a few weeks, however, they may start to go bad. Here are some signs that can help you determine whether your grapes have gone bad:
If the grapes look discolored or withered, it’s likely that they’ve spoiled. If you’re not sure about their condition, cut one open with a knife to see if there is any mold inside. If there is no mold on the outside of the grape but there is mold on the inside, it’s better not to eat it because you might get sick from eating spoiled fruit.
The smell of spoiled grapes is distinct and unpleasant. It’s often described as sour or fermented — almost like vinegar — although this will depend on how long ago they were harvested from the vineyard and how long they’ve been sitting in the fridge.
How To Store Grapes In The Fridge
To store grapes in the fridge, simply place them in a sealed container. Do not wash the grapes before storing them in the refrigerator. Grapes stay good for about 3 weeks when stored this way.
Keep your grapes in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator or store them in a paper bag or plastic bag instead of putting them directly into an open fruit bowl where other items may settle on top of them and crush their stems.
How To Keep Grapes In The Fridge Fresh Longer
Grapes are delicious, nutritious, and versatile fruit that can be eaten on their own or paired with other foods. The best way to keep grapes fresh is by storing them in the refrigerator. This will prolong their shelf life and prevent them from spoiling too quickly.
Store Grapes In A Plastic Basket
Store your grapes in a plastic basket or another container that allows air to flow through them. This prevents moisture from building up on the grapes, which can make them mushy or moldy. You can also use a mesh produce bag if you don’t have a basket available.
Keep Them In A Cool Area Of The Fridge
Place your grapes in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator for best results. They’ll stay fresher longer if they’re kept away from foods with strong odors like onions and garlic, which emit gases that can cause wilting and make them turn brown faster than usual.
Can You Freeze Grapes?
Yes, you can freeze grapes. Grapes are a healthy snack option and can be eaten fresh or frozen to make delicious snacks.
Grapes are made up of 90 percent water, so they need to flash freeze them first so they will retain their shape and won’t stick to each other during freezing.
To freeze grapes, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Then place them into the freezer for about 2 hours until they are completely frozen.
Once they are completely frozen, transfer them to freezer bags or containers. Then place them into the freezer for storage.
Frozen grapes will keep for up to six months in your freezer if properly stored.
Grapes last for quite a long time in the fridge so you’ll want to store them there if you’re not going to eat all your grapes within 4 days. Keep them in a crisper drawer of your fridge for the longest shelf life.
Kate has been in the food business for over 20 years. Worked as a cook at several buffets which include Old Country Buffet, Five Star Buffet, and Ichiban Buffet. Now, I’m mostly at home cooking for my family, caring for chickens and ducks, and tending the garden.