How Long Do Grapes Last In The Fridge?

If you have recently found a forgotten container of grapes in the fridge, you might be wondering if they are okay to eat. However, before you start eating the grapes, you need to ask one question: how long do grapes last in the fridge?

Grapes last in the fridge anywhere from 1-3 weeks. How long the grapes last depends on the condition of the grapes before they were put in the fridge. Grapes that are spoiling before being placed in the refrigerator will not last as long as fresh grapes.

There are ways of keeping your grapes fresh for as long as possible. Keep reading to find out how you can make your grapes last longer. 

How Long Are Grapes Good For?

Sometimes when we go for our daily rummage through the refrigerator, we find food we have entirely forgotten.

It could be last Sunday’s beef leftovers, a half-used tomato can, or those grapes you bought to try and eat healthier. 

Since it’s common knowledge how long some foods last in the fridge, let’s look at one item that is not common knowledge – grapes.

How long grapes last in the refrigerator depends on two factors: the condition of the grapes and how it is stored.

Grapes that are about to spoil will not last nearly as long as fresh grapes.

Likewise, improperly stored grapes will not last as long as grapes that are properly stored.

For example, fresh grapes bought from the grocery store that are placed immediately into the refrigerator upon returning home can last anywhere from 1-3 weeks.

So if your grapes have been sitting in the fridge for an unknown period of time, it is more than likely not safe to eat.

For those who prefer to keep their grapes at room temperature (or forgot to place them in the refrigerator), grapes can last anywhere from 2-5 days

The shelf-life of the grapes will depend on the grape’s condition and how the grocery store handled them.

Fresh grapes are firm, plump,  and bounce back when pressed lightly.

Grapes that are soft, brown, or wrinkled are off and should not be eaten.

Also, if you notice a vinegar smell, this means the grapes have gone bad.

Lastly, if you notice any signs of mold, it is a sure sign that the grapes have spoiled.

Once mold has been spotted, it is best to throw away all of the grapes, even if one or two of the grapes have mold.  

How To Make Grapes Last Longer?

1. Keep the grapes dry.

When you arrive home from the grocery store, you may like to rinse the grapes before storing them.

Although this might seem like the most logical and convenient thing to do (i.e., who wants to rinse their grapes every time they feel snack-ish?), it is not a good idea if your goal is to make your grapes last. 

This is because water will speed up the decaying process – which means you will be throwing your grapes in the garbage can sooner than you’d like.

It’s best to rinse the grapes just before eating them.

If you insist on washing your grapes before storing them, make sure they are thoroughly dried before storing. 

Paper towels work well for drying grapes.

You can also try washing your grapes in a vinegar solution.

The vinegar will kill off bacteria and mold, allowing your grapes to last longer.

Even though the grapes were washed in vinegar, they still need to be thoroughly dried before storing. So be sure not to skip the last step. 

2. Remove spoiling grapes.

To keep your grapes lasting longer, you can also remove the bad or spoiling grapes from the vine.

As with the phrase, “One bad apple spoils the bunch,” spoiling grapes tend to affect the other grapes around them, causing them to spoil too. 

Although it may take a little extra time to inspect every grape, it will be worth it in the long run.

Grapes that are browning or readily falling off the stem should be pulled off.

3. Use a ventilated container.

To keep the grapes lasting for longer, you need to ensure the grapes are in the proper container.

Grapes need a well-ventilated container to last as long as they can.

This is excellent news as this means you can keep the grapes in the container they came in instead of finding the ‘right’ container to put them in.

It would be best never to use Zip-lock bags and airtight containers to store grapes.

Airtight containers will increase the humidity within the container, leading to moisture, which leads to spoilage.

How To Store Grapes?

There are two main ways of storing grapes: in the refrigerator or the freezer.

Keeping grapes in the fridge is the most common way as most people want to eat the grapes sooner rather than later.

Grapes do best when stored between 30 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit and in higher humidity environments of 90-95% humidity. 

So, it would be best to store your grapes in the coldest part of the refrigerator.

The crisper drawer is usually the coldest place in the fridge; however, be sure to place it in a crisper drawer with a high humidity setting. 

Alternatively, you can place the grapes in the back of the fridge.

Storing grapes in the freezer is best suited for those who want to keep their grapes for long periods of time.

Frozen grapes can last up to 12 months, which means you can enjoy them all year round. 

Frozen grapes can be used as an ingredient in baked pastries, smoothies, appetizers, or even frozen grape ice cubes.

To freeze grapes, wash and thoroughly dry.

Once dry, place the grapes into sealable bags and store them in the freezer. Easy as that. 

Conclusion

Grapes usually last anywhere from one to three weeks in a refrigerator.

By removing spoiling grapes from the stem and storing them in well-ventilated containers with dry grapes, you can extend the life of the grapes.

Alternatively, you can freeze the grapes for long-term storage.