Grapes to Raisins
Now that it's summer, it seems like our family is constantly on the go. For easy, quick snacks, we've turned to nibbling on dried fruit -- the perfect low-mess snack for both me and my kids. With the summer sun is out in full swing, we decided to try making our own raisins from grapes. You can dry them out in the hot summer sun, or for quicker results, dry them in the oven.
How we did it:
- seedless grapes
- baking tray
- knife - optional
- oven - optional
Wash the grapes and remove them from the stems. Gently dry them.
Have a grownup assistant help cut the grapes in half. (You can also leave them whole, but we found cutting the grapes helped speed up the drying process!)
Scatter the cut grapes on a baking tray, so they are evenly spaced out.
Set the grapes in a hot, sunny spot, like the dashboard of a parked car. Let them sit and dry out for 4-5 days, rotating them at least twice a day. (This sun method works best in hot, dry environments.) If needed, cover them with a cheesecloth, or similar material, to keep them clean, but still allow airflow.
Alternatively, you can dry the grapes in the oven for quicker results! Set the oven for 200 degrees and let the grapes dry out about 2 hours. Rotate the grapes after one hour, so they evenly dry out.