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Old 08-18-2009, 12:03 PM   #1
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Canned Stuffed Grape Leaves - Where Did They Go?

Okay - first off, yes I KNOW I can make them myself, so you needn't bother telling me that - lol! I just loved the convenience/handiness & taste of the canned product.

For many, MANY years, I LOVED having a can or two of rice-stuffed grape leaves always on hand in my cupboard. They made terrific additions to appetizer trays along with spanokopita, to Greek salads, or just as a snack with a squeeze of lemon juice. There were a number of different brands, but all of them consisted simply of grape leaves folded around a plain minty-lemony rice filling. No other ingredients.

For the past 6 months, no supermarkets around here carry them anymore. Actually, one market does have them, but they have raisins mixed into the filling & I don't care for that type at all.

I've asked at the markets, done web searches on possible product recalls - can get no answers. Anyone on here have any ideas why they've so suddenly dropped out of sight?

I have 3 more places a bit further away to check out (Wegman's, Shoppers Food Warehouse, & CostCo), but then I'll be out of luck.

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Old 08-18-2009, 12:12 PM   #2
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I have never seen them in cans so I can't help you there. All the super markets around me that have a salad bar have them at the bar though. You obviously won't be able to keep them in your cupboard that way though.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:28 PM   #3
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Hi Breeze,
I have'nt seen them in my neighborhood grocery, but I have seen just the grape leaves in glass jars in the international aisle.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:32 PM   #4
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Yes, I can get the plain brined grape leaves in a jar in order to make my own. It's just the already-made canned ones that have disappeared for some reason.
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:24 PM   #5
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I live in an Egyptian neighborhood, we have them in cans as large as 2 pounds. Great for large parties! no glass jars, just vacuum cans.

I'm guessing you'll find them easily in any Middle Eastern neighborhood's shops.
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:24 PM   #6
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If you have a Wegmans, they most likely have "freshmade" ones in the olive bar or nearby. I've also gotten a plastic container full of them, but have not seen them canned for several years. (and I've moved since I last saw them. re chefjune's comment)
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:26 PM   #7
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Yes, it's the vacuum cans of pre-made ones I'm looking for. Guess I'm going to have to start hitting up some specialty markets. Sigh.

I just don't understand why every single grocery store that used to carry them suddenly doesn't.
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:14 PM   #8
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I guess all I have ever seen are just the grape leaves. I have never actually found canned or bottled dolmathes. I either make my own or head to my favorite Greek restaurant. I LOVE Greek food!
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:54 PM   #9
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Greek Food & Greek Groceries - GreekInternetMarket

I never ordered from here, and im sure shipping will be expensive, but this site looks like it has a bunch of stuff, including stuffed grape leaves
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:05 PM   #10
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Thanks for the link! I may end up having to go that route. I did so love having a stash of these things in the pantry.
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