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How To Make Raisins from Grapes


Dry Your Own Raisins - Greek Food Techniques

Store raisins with bay leaves

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Grapes abound in Greece, and when we harvest our own, we always set aside some to dry so that we have raisins all during the year. It isn't difficult, and the raisins keep well in airtight glass or plastic containers and even in plastic bags. Use red or green seedless grapes.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 3-4 weeks

Here's How:

  1. Spread the grapes out to dry on a grassy area for 15 days.
  2. Remove stems and wash well under running water to remove any chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides.
  3. Spread to dry again. Timing will depend on the weather and the grape.
  4. When the raisins are dry enough (taste), pack in glass jars or plastic bags or containers layered with bay leaves.
  5. Seal well and store in a cool, dry place.


  1. Home-dried raisins tend to be drier than commercial raisins. Before using, soak in hot water for 15 minutes.

What You Need

  • Red or green seedless grapes
  • Bay leaves
  • Glass jars with lids or plastic bags or containers

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