Newsflash: Halloween, quite possibly one of the top three best holidays, is coming up fast. That means you might want to learn how to peel grapes in time for your Halloween party. Why grapes, you may ask? Well, because they're often used for creepy pranks and scary games. You might recognize them best as "eyeballs."
But even if you decide to omit the games, peeling a grape is a skill that's still somewhat good to learn. You never know when it may come in handy. If you've got a baby and you're in the midst of introducing solid foods, some people recommend skinless, mashed up grapes as they're less of a choking hazard. Also, if you've ever wanted to make your own jelly, knowing how to peel a grape in a flash will help speed the process along. They're also fabulous frozen, and can easily replace ice cubes for fruity alcoholic drinks.
The good news is that grapes are pretty easy to peel. And once you get the hang of it, you'll be the go-to grape peeler for every Halloween party you attend. Very similar to peeling the shell off of a hard-boiled egg, the key to peeling a good grape is all about temperature. When you realize how quick the process is, you'll be peeling grapes for smoothies every single morning.
1. Prep Your Materials
Here's the good news — you don't need much. All you need are bowls, ice cubes, water, a pot, grapes (of course) and a stovetop. You might choose to use a strainer to help you dip the grapes, but that's optional.
2. Boil Some Water
Heat up your water on the stovetop until it's at a boil. As you wait for the water to get ready, fill a bowl with ice and water. Timing is very important, so you'll want to make sure your ice water is prepped ahead of time.
3. Put Your Grapes In The Strainer
Keep in mind that you'll want to use a strainer that can withstand the heat. The grapes only need to hit the hot water for a few seconds, so make sure you don't overdo it.
4. Immediately Put Your Dipped Grapes In Ice Water
Don't hesitate to plop those grapes in the cold water for about 10 seconds. By changing temperature quickly, a reaction takes place that'll allow the skins to come off quite easily.
5. Have Fun Peeling
You'll probably need to make a small slit in the grapes with your nail to start, but the innards should stay round and perfect once peeled. Feel free to try a few — if you normally don't like the subtle tartness of grapes, you may really enjoy the way they taste skinless.