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trombasteve Aug 31, 2009 10:47 PM

So I'm making kosher style dill pickles, and the recipe calls for a handful of fresh grape leaves as a source of tannin, in order to avoid having mushy pickles. I'm totally stymied as to where to get grape leaves, having already tried SLM, and a few other places. Anyone have a tip that doesn't involve raiding the gardens of my Italian neighbours? ;)

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    rld Sep 1, 2009 07:49 AM

    I've used wild grape leaves in my dill pickles, picked from a park. This year I'm using oak leaves. These are even easier to find, usually as a city planted tree.

    It really is worth the effort to add grape or oak leaves to your fermenting crock. In my experience, the pickles are crisper. I also trim off the blossom end of the cuke. Apparently it contains enzymes that speed ripening and contribute to mushy pickles.

    1. j
      joellita Sep 1, 2009 06:33 AM

      You can try ARZ bakery/grocery store near warden and lawrence, I've always seen them there.

      cheers!

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        youdonut Sep 1, 2009 04:11 AM

        how about a greek grocery store, grape leaves feature in greek quisine quite regularly? or ask a greek restaurant where they get thiers from. Dolmades are made with grape leaces, they may also be labled as vine leaves.

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          bluesbreaker1969 Sep 1, 2009 04:53 AM

          I got some growing in my backyard if you want to pick them. I use them for dolmades. Or go round a park that has wild vines and pick your own, not too big, not too small. they should be green and flat, no bumps or critters.

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            trombasteve Sep 1, 2009 01:53 PM

            This was my first idea, so I asked a greek friend if she could point me in the right direction, but she said that she'd never seen then in fresh form - always in brine. I don't think that adding an additional brine into the equation would be good for my pickles. Do you know of any greek grocery stores that have fresh ones?

            On a side note - I happened across a grape vine on a run earlier today, so I've got some to tide me over for a while, so now I'm more looking for a source once the leaves are down.

            Thanks!

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