Grapes are one of those fruits that add lovely color and flavor when added to a fruit salad, tart, or pie. For most recipes that call for grapes, you can toss them into the dish after giving them a quick wash.
But what about recipes that require peeled grapes? Grape jam looks so much better without the skin. Maybe you would like to feed your baby a handful of grapes without them struggling with the skin? Let's face it; sometimes, the skin needs to go. This leads to the question: do you know how to peel grapes? It's a little trickier than you might think.
4 Easy Grape Peeling Methods
Removing the skin can be time-consuming if you have to peel a lot of grapes. Thankfully, we have got four options for you below. If you peel grapes often, you're best to choose option two and invest in a tool to help you get the job done.
Method 1: Hot and Cold
By exposing the grape to extreme heat and then cold, the skins become much looser and willing to slide off the fruit.
- Wash your grapes and remove the stems.
- Place the grapes in a strainer then submerge into a pot of boiling water. Remove the grapes after 5 seconds and add to a bowl full of ice and water. Stand in the water for 10 seconds, then remove.
- Peel the skin off with minimal effort.
Method 2: Grape peeler
A grape peeler is one of those kitchen tools that allows you to process your fruit quickly. Hold the handle and use the wire to peel off the skin with ease!
Method 3: Paring knife
Hold the middle of the grape between your forefinger and thumb. Use a paring knife to gently cut into the top of the fruit, then slowly peel the skin off, one piece at a time. You can also get away with using a peeler for this technique.
Note: Be careful not to cut your fingers.
Method 4: Melon baller
If you don't need to keep the grape intact, you can slice it in half lengthways then use a melon baller, or small measuring spoon, to scoop out the flesh.
This method is a good option if you have a vast pile of grapes to peel.
Watch this video which offers fruit peeling tips
4 Best Uses for Peeled Grapes
- Grape jam
- Turned into grape spheres
- Halloween eyeballs
- In a salad of tasty flowers and fruit
- Eaten on their own
Eating grapes with the skin on makes sense most of the time. It requires minimal effort, and they taste delicious with skin intact. But there are times when a skinless grape is better. For those times, use one of the methods I mentioned above.
In most cases where you don't need to keep the grape intact, I recommend the melon baller technique because it's quick and effortless. You'll be able to skin a whole bunch of grapes in a matter of minutes.
If you love kitchen gadgets, then go for a grape peeler to make your life easier. It makes a monotonous job much more bearable.