Saturday, January 23, 2010

Easy to Serve Grapes

I realized a trick that helps me prepare, store, and serve fruit to the kids. My big problem, say with grapes, is that I buy a lot, then I don't have a big enough container to put it in the refrigerator. I don't want to put it in a bowl because it takes up too much space, and I don't want to take up one of my few large rectangular containers because I prefer to save those for leftovers.

I found that if I wash and remove the stems, they easily fit in a tall, compact juice pitcher or carafe. I can fit a lot of fruit, it keeps well (though admittedly, fruit never lasts long here), it doesn't take up a lot of room in the refrigerator, and it's easy to serve. I think I'll be picking up a few more for the delicious summer months.

Just for the record, I wouldn't try this with delicate berries like strawberries and raspberries which should not be washed before storing. Besides, they do best if they're not tossed around.

For more tips on storing produce, check out Real Simple's tips here.