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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pickled Grapes

I'm on a pickle kick this week.  Can you tell?

   

A couple of years ago, I made some pickled grapes.

Pickled grapes you say?  Ew!

I know, they do sound odd, but they really taste amazingly good.  The first time I made them, I followed a recipe exactly.  This time I branched out a bit.  I do that a lot.  The original recipe calls for red grapes and white wine vinegar.  See what I did:



Pickled Grapes with Cinnamon and Black Pepper

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound seedless green grapes
  • 1 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
  • 1 (2 1/2-inch) cinnamon stick, cut in half (if using two jars, otherwise leave whole)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt




Directions:
Rinse and dry the grapes, and pull them carefully from their stems. Using a small sharp knife, cut the grapes in half.



Divide the grapes among 2 pint-sized clean, dry canning jars.







In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then you have two choices. The original recipe has you pour the bring mixture over the grapes and let them cool together. A cold brine will take a bit longer to "pickle", but the grapes will stay more firm. Either way, these are yummy!  Once cool, chill the grape and brine mixture in their jars in the refrigerator for at least eight hours or overnight.  Note:  unlike the pickles I made earlier this week, these are not hot-processed and need to be refrigerated, and will last several weeks.





Serve cold with cheese and crackers.  People will love it.  And have no idea that they are eating pickled grapes.  (Yum!.)


Zentmrs
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5 comments:

  1. This sounds right up my alley! Yum! Found this at DJ's Sugar Shack!

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  2. That looks very interesting! I'm pinning it! Trying to catch up on my blog list after a very long summer. The girls are in their second day of school, and I am enjoying my first day home alone for what seems like forever. It's even raining at my house. What more could a girl ask for! Looking forward to catching up with you more as the days go by!

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  3. what an amazing idea! I have never seen or heard anything like that. it sounds so delicious!

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  4. never heard of pickle grapes... they look interesting. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.
    http://marlys-thisandthat.blogspot.com

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  5. Ok I'm REALLY REALLY curious about pickled grapes and I'm pinning this to try once I'm all settled into my new place.
    Thanks for sharing on Whatcha Whipped Up!

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