3 Ways to Wash Grapes

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3 Ways to Wash Grapes
3 Ways to Wash Grapes

Grapes are considered one of the 12 foods most contaminated with pesticides in the US and in Brazil it is no different. In some cases, pesticides can remain on the fruit even after washing, which increases the risk of exposure to chemicals that are toxic to the brain and nervous system. Learn here some simple cleaning techniques to taste fresh grapes without pesticides.


Method 1 of 3: Using Water

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Step 1. Store unwashed grapes

Wash them only when consuming them to prevent moisture from accelerating the ripening of the fruit. Preferably store them in the original container.

Wash only the portion you will eat at the time

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Step 2. Rinse the grapes

Separate the desired portion and wash in fresh, running water for 30 seconds, rubbing each grape gently. This simple cleaning is able to remove about 85% of bacteria and pesticides from the fruit.

Rinse them by hand or in a drying rack

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Step 3. Soak the grapes

Put them in a bowl and cover them with fresh water. Leave for five to ten minutes to remove bacteria and pesticides from the fruit.

Avoid soaking the grapes in the sink as there may be bacteria in the area. If you don't have a bowl, clean the sink before using it

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Step 4. Discard cracked or spoiled grapes

They contain bacteria, pesticides and other unsanitary residues.

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Step 5. Dry the grapes

Place them on a few sheets of paper towels and let them dry naturally for about ten minutes. Then, gently dry each grape with the paper before consuming it to remove any bacteria or residue that is still in the skin.

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Step 6. Don't use soap

Cleaning products leave residues that are unsafe to consume and can cause illness and other allergic reactions.

Method 2 of 3: Using Vinegar and Water

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Step 1. Make a solution of water and vinegar

In a clean bowl, pour three parts water and one part vinegar. This is the most effective concentration for removing bacteria and pesticides.

Ideally, the water temperature should be close to that of the grapes

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Step 2. Dip the grapes into the solution

Leave them to soak for five to ten minutes. This way, you will eliminate about 98% of the bacteria and pesticides in the fruit.

Use a spray bottle to clean the grapes if you don't want to soak them

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Step 3. Rinse them with water

Drain the vinegar and water solution from the bowl, then rinse the grapes in cold, running water for 30 seconds. This removes any lingering bacteria or residue, as well as taking the aftertaste out of the vinegar.

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Step 4. Allow to dry

Place the grapes on a clean towel or paper towel and let them dry for about ten minutes in the open air before consuming or storing them.

Method 3 of 3: Rubbing the Grapes

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Step 1. Clean the grapes with baking soda and salt

Remove the grapes from the bunch, place them in a clean bowl and rinse them under fresh, running water. Add one or two teaspoons of salt and baking soda. Shake the bowl from side to side for 30 seconds to a minute. Rinse the fruit again to remove any pesticides and residue.

Rub the grapes gently with your hands as you rinse them a second time

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Step 2. Scrub them with a cleaning brush

When washing them with water or a vinegar solution, gently scrub each grape with a brush. It also removes up to 85% of bacteria and pesticides from the fruit.

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Step 3. Be careful when scrubbing

Grape skins are very delicate and can easily crack, so if you are going to scrub them, either with a brush or with baking soda and salt, be careful. It is important to remove bacteria, but it is also essential not to spoil the fruit.

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