Recipe: frozen grapes
Guys, we need to talk. Have you heard of Holiday grapes? I saw them last week at Whole Foods. I tend to be particular about grapes. I like them to be sweet, crisp, juicy, and preferably without seeds – but I’ll make an exception for the seeds if everything else makes the grade. I gently squeezed one of the giant round grapes between my fingers, surprised at the firmness. I plucked one off and popped it in my mouth. Delightful! Since then, I’ve purchased several pounds of this variety. Apparently they are typically available from mid-October to early November. That means now. That means – get ye to the market and find yourself some Holiday grapes.
holiday red seedless grapes
The check out guy scanned the grapes and then said, “You know what I love to do with these? I put the whole thing in the freezer and snack on frozen grapes. It’s so good!” I’d never frozen grapes before, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to try this with such precious, lovely and expensive grapes. When I got home, I plucked three from the stem, washed them, and popped them into the freezer.
give them a wash
Biting into a frozen grape is like eating the munchkin equivalent of a popsicle. The fiber and sugars keep the whole thing soft enough to be easy to eat, and it’s contained in an adorable little round package. These were amazing. Like amazeballs. I kicked myself for only freezing three. Of course, I’m a little torn because I love these grapes fresh as much as I love them frozen – hence the hoarding, because they’re probably only available for another couple of weeks.
place in a vessel so they don’t go rolling around your freezer
frozen and frosty
I haven’t tried freezing any other grape varieties, but I know that the squishy ones become perfect when frozen. So perhaps that’s something you can do with tired grapes. I imagine frozen grapes are ideal for summer months, but if you are like me and enjoy frozen treats any time of year, then I highly recommend trying it with the Holiday grapes. Even if you aren’t a fan of cold snacks, try the grapes fresh – they are worth it. [Warning: DO NOT GIVE GRAPES TO YOUR DOGS! Grapes and raisins are toxic for dogs and can result in terrible and painful renal failure!]
the best kind of grape popsicle
a bunch of grapes (seedless is probably best, but get holiday grapes if you can!)
You can pluck the grapes from their stems or leave them on the stems, whichever you prefer. Wash the grapes and blot them dry. Place the grapes in a vessel in the freezer. Freeze until hard (on the order of a couple of hours or more). Remove from freezer. Serve frozen.
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