Friday, April 2, 2010

Frugal Tip Friday: Freeze Some Grapes!

My husband is a big fan of grapes. And although I like them, we just don't make it though a whole container before they go bad. My husband also loves frozen grapes. So when I find fresh grapes on sale, I buy them up! I will leave some out for him to eat fresh, the rest I freeze.

Pull all the grapes off the vines and place in a colander. Rinse well with cold water and then allow to dry, either in the colander or pour them out (carefully) onto a clean towel. Once dry, spread them out on a cookie sheet, they can me in more than one layer. Place on a level surface in your freezer for 12-24 hours. Try not to accidental dump them in the freezer. There are still a handful of grapes laying in the bottom of my deep freezer right now. :o) Once frozen, store them in a zip top bag.

My husband will get these out when he gets a sweet tooth instead of hitting the cookies or ice cream. They also work great in smoothies as a substitution for the ice.

This saves you money in two ways. You can actually buy frozen grapes, but they are usually more expensive than fresh. And it saves you from throwing away good grapes because you didn't get them all eaten before going bad.


  1. I have the very same problem! We barely ever buy grapes for we cannot seem to eat them fast enough. Thank you so much1 I am going to do this!

  2. I am going to have to try thawing some of them out sometime and see if they are still like fresh ones. But they are really good frozen! :o)

  3. Thanks,Grapes will soon be in abundance we have a neighbor who just planted a vineyard, we have learned how to make wine. I really like the idea of freezing the grapes to use in place of ice, this will open up more opportunities for "slushes" during the Summer Hay season as well as using in iced tea- thanks for taking the time to share the tip.

  4. My Mom and I have made grape juice before. It was sooo good! And what a wonderful idea to use frozen grapes instead of ice in tea!