Did you know you can make dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) at home?
Did you know where one can procure grape leaves for the dolmas?
From the grocery store-in expensive little jars.
You can just forage your own. These grape leaves are the same ones that you can buy in the stores.
How to Harvest Grape Leaves
Supplies needed: a pair of scissors and a storage container-aka a plastic bag. You want to cut the leaf carefully, to get all of the stem off,
so you don’t have to do any trimming in the preservation stop. You want to be very picky while picking! Choose the largest, non-holey, no bug grape leaves out there.
We do a two step rinse of the grape leaves. These containers are food grade containers. You can purchase these at a restaurant supply store. We actually have one of these!-about 35 miles away.
After the rinse, place the leaf down on your surface. Continue to line the leaves up.
Then roll up the leaves!
Place your rolls vertically in your mason jar.
We are not very scientific about our brine. In fact, no science is involved. In the past, Dennis has just dropped salt into the jar and filled it up with water. This year, he did make brine.
What is Brine?
Brine is water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt. In other words, “salt water”. There are actual recipes for brine if you care to search. Dennis added hot water to a 2 quart container, then added salt until it looked “briny”.
Don’t use fancy salt. Use the cheap iodized salt in the round box.
Dennis stirred the brine well, and then added the brine to the grape leaves and affixed the lids to the jars. Voila! No hot water bath, nothing. Put them on the shelf and make some great stuffed grape leaves from the convenience of your own home!
Do you have a special recipe for dolmas? We’ll discuss making stuffed grape leaves in our next post!