How to clean grapes?


The white substance on the skin of grapes might be bloom (a natural substance produced by grapes and it is not harmful) or pesticide sprayed on grapes which is definitely harmful when consumed. So it is safe to wash the grapes thoroughly to get rid of that white substance. 

I was looking out for an easy method to clean grapes. Most of the methods available on the internet uses baking soda. As I always try to avoid chemicals as much as possible, I came up with this idea which worked out really well. I am happy to share this with you all and hope this will be as useful for you as it was for me.

We need just 3 easily available natural ingredients to clean grapes – salt, turmeric powder and lemon juice. Take the grapes in a bowl. Sprinkle some salt and turmeric powder. Squeeze out the juice of a small piece of lemon. Pour warm water till the grapes are immersed and mix everything well. Keep this aside for 10-15 min. Now rub the grapes gently with your fingers. The white substance goes off quite easily. Wash the grapes with cold water and pat them dry with a kitchen towel. 

Pack the fresh grapes cleaned with only natural ingredients for your kids snack box!

Happy Cooking!

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    1. Hi Mahaboob,

      Here is what I do to clean the vegetables. I put the vegetables in a big bowl of water. I add some tamarind extract, turmeric powder and salt. I keep it aside for 10-15 minutes and then wash them well in running water. Years ago, I got this tip from a local vegetable seller. He told that the tamarind extract helps to get rid of the insecticides and pesticides that are sprayed over the vegetables. Sometimes I use lemon juice instead of tamarind extract. This can be followed for apples too. In spite of the fact that many nutrients are beneath the skin, for some apples like the washington apples which is sold with a wax coating these days, I always peel the skin before eating. If you scrap the skin of such apples gently with a knife, you can see the wax scrapes. Also if you keep them near the flame of gas stove (take care while doing this), you can see them melt. For grapes, I feel that lemon juice works better than tamarind juice to remove the white substance. Hope this is useful for you!

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