ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

From Grapes to Sun Dried Raisins

Updated on June 12, 2015

Sun Dried Raisisins

When the grapes on your grape covered terrace or the vines in your vineyard starts to look ripe - then it's time to consider whether all of them are to be eaten fresh from the fruit bowl, to be changed into vine...or to take advantage of the fact (if you are that lucky) that you happen to live where the climate makes it possible to create sun dried raisins .....with a little help from the sun.

However there is nothing like producing your own big & juicy sun dried raisins.

Hang your bunches of grapes on a string / robe. That way they will get light and air from all sides.
Hang your bunches of grapes on a string / robe. That way they will get light and air from all sides.

You can speed up the process with a food dryer

How to Dry Raisins in the Sun

  1. Leave the bunches of grapes on the vines until they are very ripe. That way the content of sugar increases and sugar is a conservator.
  2. Handpick the bunches and place them to dry in the sun on a clean surface. It's important to spread out the grapes as much as possible - otherwise they will not dry but start to rotten instead. You can also hang your bunches of grapes on a tight string / robe. That way they will get light and air from all sides. Just make sure the wind don`t take them. Another advantage by hanging them is that you don't need to turn them and the ants can't get them.
  3. If they are not hanging, you will have to turn them daily in order for all the grapes to dry. During this process the grapes dehydrate and the content of sugar and nutrition increases.
  4. It could be a month before the grapes transform into dark brown juicy and delicious raisins. Sometime faster.
  5. When the grapes have turned into raisins, they all needs cutting. You cut the raisin off the bunch, but you must leave a centimeter of the stalk, otherwise you will leave a hole in the raisin that invites access for bacteria's and other little creatures.
  6. Wash the dried raisins. They will most likely have gathered a lot of dust. Use a sift and flush them with clean water.
  7. Spread out the raisins on clean linned until they are dry and ready to be stores in carboard boxes - in a dry and dark place.

Ancient Means of Conservation

Drying fruit is by no means a new invention. We as human beings have been drying fruit ever since the Stone Age in order to make the crop last until the next season. It is still common practice in Eastern and Southern Europe to dry fruit.

Dried fruit started out as a necessity but has gradually transformed into a luxury, gastronomically speaking, that we wouldn't like to be without.

Today the choices are endless. There is hardly a fruit or a berry from the entire globe that can't be bought dried.

Today the biggest producer of raisins is California - but Turkey, Greece, Spain, China and South Africa also produce an important amount of raisins.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Vet Nurse profile image

      Vet Nurse 

      8 years ago

      This is great but sadly I don't think we get enough sun here in good old England to do this but you never know, we might get a good year this year!

      Great info and pics though...

    • A Dane in Spain profile imageAUTHOR

      Dorte Holm Jensen 

      9 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      Thanks. I`m glad you like it. Just had a quick look at "Going Grapes". I am sure both I and the readers will be able to find good information there about grapes and how to make wine.

    • johnsocrates profile image

      johnsocrates 

      9 years ago from Kalibo, Aklan

      Great concept. Your article is very enlightening and educational. Readers would sure have a quality time reading your work. For reliable references, visit this link too: http://goinggrapes.com/

    • patriciojose13 profile image

      patriciojose13 

      9 years ago

      Hey, great article. Very informative and helpful for beginners. I am inviting you and your readers to check out this site: http://goinggrapes.com There's more helpful tidbits on how to cultivate your grapes here. Thanks!

    • herrador profile image

      herrador 

      10 years ago

      Those raisins look delicious, it must be wonderful to be able to grow and produce your own. :-)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)