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What To Make With What’s On Sale: Grapes

Red grapes are 88¢ per pound this week at Sunflower Market, and 99¢ per pound at Safeway! What to do with all the cheap grapes?  Here’s a couple of suggestions, and I’d love to hear more from you!

Freeze ‘em

Lots of people swear that frozen grapes are the best treat ever!  Personally, I’d rather have them fresh, but my kids love them frozen.

I usually rinse the grapes in a colander, then put my kids to work taking them off the stem.  Put them in bags and throw them in the freezer.  Set the time for about 30 minutes and shake up the bags so they don’t all freeze in a clump.

My kids just eat them whole and frozen – anything else you guys do with frozen grapes?

Make chicken salad

Lots of chicken salad recipes call for grapes – AllRecipes.com has 51 different chicken salad recipes that include grapes!  Jeremy isn’t a big chicken salad fan, so we don’t eat it often, but it sure sounds good right now!

What else are you doing with the cheap grapes? Have any of you ever made your own raisins or grape jelly?

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  1. I’ve had them dipped in chocolate and was thinking of doing this with the kids.

  2. Wash and take the stems off the grapes. Make a dressing with sour cream and add in brown sugar until its the correct sweetness for you and your family (you want it sweet, but not crazy sweet since the grapes will add some sweetness too) mix until the brown sugar dissolves into the sour cream….then add in a teaspoon or 2 of vanilla and mix it all up really well and pour onto the grapes and mix to combine! Makes the yummiest grape salad EVER!!!!

    • Mine’s really similar. You take softened cream cheese and blend in honey and poppy seeds for the dressing (no real measurements, but just till it looks/tastes good). It’s OK if it’s a tiny bit lumpy, but using a rubber spatula to smooth it out helps,

  3. I had never had grapes in Chicken Salad until I went to a Mother/Daughter Tea Party around Christmas. It was THE best thing! It had almonds and grapes, along with the normal chicken salad ingredients. Hubby, who also isn’t a huge chicken salad (or ham, or tuna) fan–raved about it! Along with a a few others that were against it until they tried it.

  4. OK, I have to give another plug for chicken salad. I never liked it until I tried it with these ingredients: chicken (duh), cashews, red grapes, celery, and mayo mixed with powdered ranch dressing. Served on croissants. That sounds so good right now! Perfect for one of those nights that you don’t have time to make dinner at dinnertime; you can make it in advance and stick it in the fridge.

  5. We’re having fruit salad tonight – grapes from the sale at safeway, oranges from last week’s safeway sale, an apple from one of our trees that has kept well in storage and a banana – yum!

  6. grape salad –
    1 large bunch red grapes
    1 large bunch green grapes
    8 oz. cream cheese
    1 C. sour cream,
    1/2-3/4 C. brown sugar or white
    Right before serving add 4 oz. cool whip and butter-toasted almonds

  7. OOOOO – the best part of La Baguette’s chicken salad is the addition of Tarragon — preferably fresh if you’ve got it. That’s a standard now at home, too.

  8. I have made grape jelly. I puree the grapes in the blender and then follow the instructions on the pectin box. It comes out somewhere between jelly and jam and it is very easy to make. It also tastes WAY better than store-bought.

    We will eat several pounds fresh packed in lunch boxes and standing around the kitchen while I cook dinner and I send them frozen in my daughter’s lunch; they are partially thawed by the time she eats lunch and they keep her lunch cool enough that I don’t have to include a freezy pack. I will probably also bring a couple lbs to my Girl Scout troop meeting.

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