18 September, 2019
Hubby and I recently purchased and moved into our very first house! Our back patio is covered in beautiful grapevines that are absolutely loaded with fruit. After a big storm blew through and knocked a bunch of the ripe grapes to the ground, I went and harvested all the bunches I could reach and ended up with 10-15 pounds of sweet green grapes. After giving most of the haul to the few neighbors we’d met, we still had too many to eat before they spoiled, so I decided to make raisins!
If it was still sunny and hot out, I’d have dried them on my dashboard over the course of a day or two like I did with a bunch of apricots last year, but it’s been raining or otherwise overcast for the past few days, so I decided to give oven-drying a try. As long as you don’t mind having the oven on for a few hours, it’s not a bad alternative.
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees or as low as it’ll go. Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper. Rinse your grapes and remove the stems before spreading them evenly over the trays, leaving some room between grapes. Place them in the oven for 4 hours or until they’re dried to your liking.