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Grape leaves in pickles?

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Someone mentioned to me that I should put grape leaves in my cucumber pickles to keep them crunchy. Will it work? How many grape leaves should I put for that effect? Will it affect the taste?

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  1. I do this and it seems to work. The tannins in the leaves are alleged to help. I use one large (10-12") leaf per pound of pickles. Fresh leaves should have no effect on taste. I suspect you could use leaves from a jar as well.

    1. I received grape leaves along with pickling cukes in my CSA this week so apparently there could be some truth to the rumor!