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Old 12-13-2012, 09:49 AM   #1
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Help with grape leaves

I am trying to make stuffed grape leaves for dinner tonight. I have just spent the past half hour trying to remove the leaves from the jar. I've never had a problem before, but this is getting ridiculous. Any tips would be appreciated. The problem is that the opening is narrower than the rest of the jar.

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Old 12-13-2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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That's always a problem because they cram a big wad into the jar. Reach in with two or three fingers and try pulling it out with a twisting motion. Or you could use tongs to get a better grip.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:29 PM   #3
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Thanks, Andy.
It took a lot of pulling and twisting, but the darned things are now stuffed and I just took them off the stove.
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That's great! What did you use for a recipe?
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I use Jeff Smith's recipe from his cookbook, The Frugal Gourmet. Seems he had Lebanese relatives who taught him some really good dishes. At least I like them. Let me know if you'd like me to post it.
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I use Jeff Smith's recipe from his cookbook, The Frugal Gourmet. Seems he had Lebanese relatives who taught him some really good dishes. At least I like them. Let me know if you'd like me to post it.

Is it a hot dish or a cold one?
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I am trying to make stuffed grape leaves for dinner tonight. I have just spent the past half hour trying to remove the leaves from the jar. I've never had a problem before, but this is getting ridiculous. Any tips would be appreciated. The problem is that the opening is narrower than the rest of the jar.
Can't help you--I only use fresh, but have you tried tipping the jar over and pulling them out "upside" down?
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I usually pull and twist, kinda get that corkscrew action and they slowly come out.
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I usually pull and twist, kinda get that corkscrew action and they slowly come out.
The the fun of separating them from one another begins.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:11 AM   #10
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Is it a hot dish or a cold one?
Neither--the recipe recommends one eat them warm.

http://www.recipeslib.com/frugal-gou...mon-sauce.html

I haven't compared the recipe to what is in his book...too lazy to get up and go to the bookshelf where his books reside. But, I have made his recipe several times, sometimes with lamb, sometimes with beef. Only difference is that I use fresh grape leaves so don't have the challenge of getting them out of the jar OR getting them separated.
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