In midst of the apple orchards and vineyards that surround our neighboring home amidst came wild grapes that settled in our garden. Coincidentally, I also happen to LOVE dolmádes. And so with grapes, comes grape leaves…thus, I seized the opportunity!
Original compilation for grape leaves preservation were adapted from various sources.
- 30 grape leaves (young and large)
- 1 quart water
- 2 teaspoons salt
Rinse the leaves in a sink full of water and drain them, then repeat. Make a stack of approximately 25 leaves.
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice (do not use Meyer Lemons, they are not acidic enough)
Bring water and lemon juice to a boil. Stack leaves in piles of 25 and roll up from side to side. Place rolls upright in a sterile wide-mouth pint mason jar. Fold over tops to allow 1/2 head space. Pour hot water/lemon juice mixture over the leaves leaving a 1/2 inch head space. Wipe rim of jar with a clean towel.