Sunday, January 20, 2008

Accidental, Homemade Refrigerator Raisins on the Vine

Sure, you can take your fancy cheese cloths and baking trays and "sunlight" to make your own raisins. Or, you can use the Joelogon method:

  1. Wash a bunch of grapes and put them in a container.
  2. Put the container in the back of the refrigerator.
  3. Forget about it for a couple of months.
  4. Find the container, then put it back.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
  6. Success!
Honestly, I have no idea how long they've been in there. But they're still edible.

On the plus side, my way is easier, plus the raisins stay on the vine, which is kind of neat.

On the minus side, it takes a lot longer, and you might have to pick out the moldy ones every once in a while.

(See more photos in the Flickr set. Though they all look pretty much the same.)


Donna. W said...

When I leave grapes alone in the refrigerator, they grow mold and turn to mush. Your fridge must have a drier climate than mine.

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Are they really and truly edible? I mean, haven you eaten any, and not died (except in a book)? I've had a few ex-grapes mutate like that, but i don't think I ever dared consume them.

Joelogon said...

Sure, I've had some of the loose ones. They're raisins. A little bigger and still on the vine, but they're raisins.

Karen Funk Blocher said...

In that case, maybe you can try for prunes next time. Unless you don't like prunes.

Anonymous said...

Hey this works! In fact, slacking off independently of joelogon, I made some of my own refrigerator raisins and found them to be quite edible. In fact, I think they Actually taste better than store-bought raisins. (I found this blog page by doing a google search on "refrigerator raisins").

I made mine by placing a bag of red grapes in the fridge with a plastic shopping back surrounding them. Then six weeks later, voila!

The purpose of the shopping bag is, of course, to disguise the grapes and help you forget they are there (otherwise you might initially eat them up, or later, see them in their ugly transition phase and go "ew!" and throw them out).


Joelogon said...

I'm working up to larger fruits now. I've got a mango on the top shelf that's getting kind of wrinkly. But I don't think it's going to end well.

dining room table said...

What cool post this is. I like it. I want to try it on since there's a lot of grapes right here.

Anonymous said...

I too googled "refrigerator raisins." Mine look pretty much like yours. Anyway, guess I'll go ahead and eat them, if you're still alive!

Anonymous said...

No fresh fruit this morning, so I looked in the back of the fridge and there was the bag of grapes from who knows when. Pulled it out and, yep, those are raisins, I'd recognize them anywhere. The first time was a month ago and the second time was today. They plumbed up in the cereal bowl while I eat.