Grapes are in season right now and you can find them as low as $.98 per pound at the grocery store. Frozen grapes are a great and inexpensive snack. Frozen grapes are great as garnishes also. Following are a few great tips and recipes for enjoying grapes both frozen and fresh during their growing season. Grapes are also low in calories, but naturally sweet, and are an inexpensive way to get your daily required intake of fruits.
Easy Frozen Red Grape Recipe: Freezing grapes and eating them in their natural form is the easiest and best way to enjoy them on a hot and humid summer day. It is best to use seedless red grapes for freezing because they have just the right sugar alcohol content to not freeze completely, making them easier to eat than green grapes when frozen.
As many red seedless grapes as your heart and tummy desires
Separate grapes from the vine and place in a bowl of water. Soak at least 20 minutes to remove the dirt and pesticides that may be on them. Rinse well and spread on towels to dry. Then place separated grapes on a large cookie sheet for several hours until frozen solid. Transfer to a zip lock storage bag. To serve, take out just what you need and eat them alone as a snack, or add some to yogurt, ice cream, eat with jello, or put toss them on your favorite salad, or add them as a garnish to mixed drinks, or smoothies. Use your imagination and come up with your own ideas for how to use these scrumptious frozen grapes.
Easy Grape Salad
4 pounds seedless grapes, red or white, about 4 cups
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
8 ounces sour cream
½ cup pecans
½ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Mix cream cheese, sour cream, white sugar and vanilla. Add grapes and stir until grapes are coated. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans. Refrigerate and mix again before serving.
These recipes are easy, inexpensive and delicious. I hope you will try them and enjoy!