Grape Leaves (Vine Leaves) in Brine

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Better Than Store-Bought: Authoritative recipes that most people never knew they could make at home

By Helen Witty and Elizabeth Schneider

Published 1979

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If either wild or cultivated grapes grow nearby (the variety doesn’t matter), you may preserve a supply of leaves for later use in Middle Eastern dishes. The process is simple and the price is almost nil— compare the cost of a jar of brined leaves from a delicacies shop. The leaves will keep, stored in a cool spot, at least until next season’s new leaves appear on the vines.

An alternative to brining, if you want to store grape leaves for only up to 6 months or so, is to wrap the ro