It’s easy to whip up a quart of pickled grapes for yourself or as a food gift (photo and recipe © Gelson’s Markets).
There are so many juicy grapes in the stores now. In addition to table grapes—in case you’re not familiar with the term, it means, simply, fresh grapes served at the table for eating—how about some pickled grapes?
Pickled fruits and vegetables (way beyond cucumbers) are a delicious way to add attractive garnishes to just about any dish.
If you haven’t pickled anything at home, here’s the easy recipe to pickle your favorite fruits and vegetables.
Your pickles will be ready in just an hour, although the longer they sit in their brine, the more flavors they develop.
In the recipe below, all that’s required is a quick whisk-and-heat of the pickling liquid, then pour the liquids over the grapes in a quart jar.
After an overnight stay in the fridge, the spicy pickled grapes are ready to:
If you usually choose a pickled onion or olive for your Martini, try pickled grapes.
Although any grapes can be pickled, red grapes add the most color to your dish.
Or, if it works for your purpose, pickle a selection of black, green and red grapes.
Ideally, use seedless grapes.
The grapes’ natural sweetness is complemented by a well-curated herb and spice mix that includes bay leaf, coriander, fennel, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and red pepper flakes.
1. COMBINE in a medium saucepan the vinegars, sugar, salt, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking until the sugar and salt dissolve. Set aside to cool completely.
2. COMBINE the remainder of the ingredients in a clean, 1-quart canning jar. Pour the cooled pickling liquid over the grapes and tightly seal the lid.
3. REFRIGERATE for at least 8 hours, or overnight, to pickle. The pickles will keep in the fridge for at least two weeks.
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