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Old 06-28-2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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Grape leaves...is it too late?

I usually process grape leaves the end of May-early June for dolmas. Life kinda got away from me--I noticed that there are grapes starting to form. Is it too late to collect the grape leaves to freeze them for dolmas?
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:00 AM   #2
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Not at all. You can pick them anytime.

When I was a child, the family would go for a Sunday ride. Somewhere along the way, Dad would pull over to the side of the road where there were grapevines and Mom would make two paper grocery bags appear and hand them to my sister and me with instructions to, 'go pick grape leaves. ...and don't pick the really big ones, they're tough.'
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I know what I'm doing this afternoon <g>.
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Now yo've got my mouth watering for some of Mom's cooking.

Growing up in an Armenian-American home, we called them dolma when vegetables like peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, etc were hollowed out and filled. When the filling was wrapped in cabbage or grape leaves, we called it sarma. Mom would make a mixed potfull of both. I believe the Greeks call them dolmates.
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:32 AM   #5
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Now yo've got my mouth watering for some of Mom's cooking.

Growing up in an Armenian-American home, we called them dolma when vegetables like peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, etc were hollowed out and filled. When the filling was wrapped in cabbage or grape leaves, we called it sarma. Mom would make a mixed potfull of both. I believe the Greeks call them dolmates.
My friend from Greece called them dolmas...maybe she mispelled the name when she translated the recipe for me.

Care to share your mom's recipes?
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I don't have them. Since Mom died, my sister has been in charge of making them. I will ask her for the recipe but can't guarantee when she'll get to it.
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Grape leaves continue to form throughout the entire season (I have 30 vines) so you can pick them anytime. Just try to stick with younger leaves. You can easily identify these because they are more pliable and brighter in color.
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The season's behind--so the leaves are still not "too big" and they are still the "lighter" green. These are wild grape leaves, not cultivated. I typically freeze them for when I'm ready to use them. My mother used to buy them in jars, but I prefer to preserve my own.
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The season's behind--so the leaves are still not "too big" and they are still the "lighter" green. These are wild grape leaves, not cultivated. I typically freeze them for when I'm ready to use them. My mother used to buy them in jars, but I prefer to preserve my own.

My mom used to blanch them in salt water before bundling them and freezing them.
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Okay so we have 4 vines here... what can I do with the leaves???
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