Raisins: How Are They Made?

Have you ever wondered how raisins are made? Well, let me tell you how so you can make it at home!

Raisins are dried grapes that were first made in the Middle East. They were used by the Romans and Greeks as currency, prizes, and medications. Now, raisins are used for snacks, baked goods, desserts, drinks, and more.

Instead of buying raisins, why not make your own from fresh grapes? They’re 100% organic, healthy, and all-natural. It’s also a good way of making the most out of your grapes while tasting just how rich and sweet they can be.

Once you know how to make raisins on your own, you will never have to spend so much money on them again. All you need are fresh grapes to make the best raisins you will ever taste!

How to Make Raisins

Keep raisins healthy, organic, and natural by using fresh grapes. It’s the perfect recipe to try when you have leftover grapes in your kitchen. As long as you know how to dry grapes, you can make raisins anytime.

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Ingredients

What are raisins made of? Grapes!

Grapes

There is no better way to make the best raisins than by using fresh and organic grapes.

Grapes may be small, but they are certainly loaded with sweet, sour, and tangy flavors. These are also juicy and soft inside, making them easy to eat and prepare. They are some of the best fruits for kids and adults’ diets.

The grapes come in different varieties, but the best grapes to use for raisins include sultana, red grapes, muscat, and zante currant. I suggest buying seedless grapes to avoid a bitter taste.

Aside from the flavor and quality you can get from grapes, they are also good for your health in so many ways.

Health Benefits of Grapes

  • Take better care of your heart with the help of grapes to regulate your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Healthline mentioned that grapes are good for your mental health and brain function.
  • The water and fiber you can get from grapes can also improve digestion and metabolism.
  • According to Everyday Health, grapes can have positive effects on weight management.
  • Get smooth and hydrated skin and hair with grapes in your diet.

Instead of turning them into raisins, there are plenty of other ways to use grapes. Sometimes, you can convert them into wine or jam. I also love adding them to salads, smoothies, and desserts!

When eaten fresh, grapes have a crunchy and chewy texture, making them enjoyable to eat. The flesh is sweet and plump that’s filled with juicy sweetness. Undoubtedly, this is the best ingredient for making raisins! 

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Directions

Remember these steps when you want to make raisins:

  1. Remove the grapes from the steam.
  2. Rinse them with cold water.
  3. Use a knife to make a small slice of each grape.
  4. Preheat the oven to 85°C for ten minutes. 
  5. Place a grill mesh mat over an oven rack.
  6. Then, arrange the grapes on the mat.
  7. Dehydrate them in the oven for six hours or until done.
  8. For the first hour, open the oven every 20 minutes to release the steam.
  9. Continue dehydrating until the grapes shrink. 
  10. Leave to cool at room temperature. 
  11. Once done, serve the raisins in a bowl or store them for long-term use!

Raisins can serve multiple purposes, so make as many dehydrated grapes as you want. Don’t forget to share your favorite way of using them!

Tips

Buying grapes

  • Sun World suggests buying grapes with full and rich colors.
  • You can also use red grapes and other seedless options.
  • The grapes should not feel wet or mushy.
  • Buy grapes that feel plump.

Storing grapes

  • According to Real Simple, wash and store the grapes in a container in your fridge for three weeks.
  • Once sliced, use the refrigerated grapes within two days.
  • You can also freeze the grapes for several months.
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Raisins Variations

I love how making raisins at home is vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian. There are plenty of varieties of grapes that you can try for difference flavors every time you make them.

Instead of red grapes, you can try sultana or muscat grapes too. As long as the grapes are fresh, you can expect to get the best flavors from them.

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Alternative Ways to Make Raisins

In case you don’t have access to an oven, you can try these alternative ways to make them:

Sundry
  1. Remove the grapes from the stem.
  2. Rinse them with cold water.
  3. Then, arrange them on a tray.
  4. Cover it with a food net cover.
  5. Place it in an area where it will get the most sunlight.
  6. Let them dry under the sun for up to four days.
Dehydrator
  1. Arrange the grapes on the tray.
  2. Set the dehydrator at 57°C.
  3. Then, let the grapes dry for at least a day.
  4. You can check them every two hours.
Air Fryer

In an article in Family Guide Central, you can also dehydrate grapes using an air fryer!

  1. Rinse the grapes and slice them.
  2. Distribute the grapes on a tray.
  3. Then, set the air fryer to 57°C for about 30 hours.
  4. Once dry, remove them from heat.
  5. Let them cool and store them in containers. 
  • Oven: Make the raisins in an oven.
  • Grill mesh mat: Place the grill mesh mat over the oven rack to prevent the grapes from falling out.
  • Knife: Break the skin of the grapes with a knife.

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How to Use Raisins

Once you add raisins to your meals, you’ll surely be making raisins more often!

Aside from enjoying these as snacks, you can also use them for baking and cooking. It can even be added to your muesli, bread, cakes, bagels, Granola, salad toppings, yogurt, fruit salad, and more! 

These can also be used to make healthy raisin water. Let the raisins soak in boiled water for at least eight hours or overnight. Raisin water is best eaten in the morning. Here are some recipes that you can cook with raisins:

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Store the raisins in jars for up to six months to a year.

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In the fridge: Raisins can also be stored in the fridge to last up to more than six months. 

To freeze: Keep the raisins in freezer bags to last up to more than a year in the freezer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are raisins good for?

Raisins are good for your appetite, diet, and health.

In terms of your appetite, you can eat raisins whenever you want to eat something sweet and tarty. It’s perfect for your cravings. It’s also an easy way of adding healthy fruits to your diet without even knowing that you’re eating something healthy.

You can also get lots of health benefits from raisins. For instance, it’s known to have positive effects on your blood sugar, cholesterol, mental health, brain function, metabolism, digestion, weight loss, and skin.

Can I eat raisins everyday?

According to Healthy Eating, the suggested daily intake for women is a cup and a half of raisins per day, while men can have up to two cups per day.

Do raisins have a lot of sugar?

Yes, raisins are high in suar. It is evident from how sweet grapes are. The sugar becomes more concentrated once you dry the grapes to make raisins.

Can diabetics eat raisin?

Yes, they can. Despite the sugar content of raisins, they still have insulin-sparing effects. As long as consumed in small amounts, it can be a good options for diabetics.

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Raisins

4.50 from 2 votes
Making your raisins is affordable, practical, and nutritious. These will surely be a treat to remember! You can try this technique to make raisins for home uses or your own business.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 50 minutes
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 4
Course Snack
Cuisine Egypt, Persia
Calories 100kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 kg red grapes (360 grapes)

Instructions
 

  • Remove the grapes from the steam.
  • Rinse them with cold water.
  • Use a knife to make a small slice of each grape.
  • Preheat the oven to 85°C for ten minutes. 
  • Place a grill mesh mat over an oven rack.
  • Then, arrange the grapes on the mat.
  • Dehydrate them in the oven for six hours or until done.
  • For the first hour, open the oven every 20 minutes to release the steam.
  • Continue dehydrating until the grapes shrink. 
  • Leave raisins to cool at room temperature. 
  • Once done, serve the raisins in a bowl or store them for long-term use!

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Notes

  • Keep your grapes fresh and plump for the best results.
  • Limit your raisin intake to about 40g per day.
  • Note that this is not recommended for babies aged younger than 18 months old.
  • The grapes usually take longer to dry if the weather is humid. Bring them inside before nighttime and place them under the sun in the morning.

Nutrition

Serving: 40g (of 135g)Calories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 278mgFiber: 2gVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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