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.

  1. Ages: 3 - 16

  2. 2+ hours

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed


Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Wash the grapes and remove them from the stems. Gently dry them.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    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!)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Scatter the cut grapes on a baking tray, so they are evenly spaced out.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Final result!

    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 to 200 degrees and let the grapes dry out for about 2 hours. Rotate the grapes after one hour, so they evenly dry out.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

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