Pickled Grapes

By • December 16, 2010 • 25 Comments



Author Notes: Today I was emptying my fridge, and needed to figure out what to do with a couple pounds of red grapes. For some reason I don't really like to eat grapes out of hand, and they were destined for the compost heap if I didn't figure something out. I had previously been looking at a list of local cooking classes, and one of them mentioned pickled grapes. I put 2 & 2 together, and decided to pickle them. hardlikearmour

Makes 1 large jar

  • 2 lbs seedless red grapes
  • 1 & 1/2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 3 "coins" fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pink peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon grains of paradise (or substitute 1/2 coriander seeds and 1/2 black peppercorns)
  1. Pick grapes from stems, rinse well and drain. Place grapes into a large clean jar. (I used a 61-oz jar and it was about 2/3 filled by the grapes.)
  2. Put remaining ingredients into a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Carefully pour vinegar mixture over the grapes. There should be enough liquid to cover the grapes, though the grapes do float. Cover jar and allow to come to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Once cooled store tightly covered in refrigerator. Wait at least 8 hours before serving, though it's okay to snack on one periodically to test their readiness.
  4. Note: if you want to put this into smaller jars you may need a different volume of pickling liquid. Fill jars with grapes, then pour in measured quantities of water to determine how much you will need to cover the grapes. Then drain the grapes and proceed, scaling the recipe to fit.
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Tags: can be made ahead, gift, keeps well

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22 days ago MrsK

I got two answers for my question and wanted to share them. From hardlikearmour: “They can be served as part of a charcuterie or cheese plate, as tangy accompaniment to a meat dish, or incorporated into chicken salad. They're also nice just as a snack.” And this from Julie: “The first time I had pickled grapes was on a white pizza - it was delicious!”
Thanks for your help!

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26 days ago MrsK

Very interesting--especially because I have a bunch of grapes and didn't know what to do with them! Now, how do you serve them? Accompanying something? I can't figure how to serve them... Help!

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22 days ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I'm sorry for not responding sooner (see hotline answer). I didn't get the notification from 12 months ago, and just got back from a trip to Honduras last night.

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about 1 year ago MrsK

Very interesting. I am wondering how to serve them...

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over 3 years ago campagnes

These sound wonderful! I've tried smittenkitchen's pickled grapes, but they were a little pungent for me.. I'd love to try these! They sound a bit milder, vinegarwise, and I love the spices you use!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

If you have some grapes languishing in your fridge you have nothing to lose!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

I do like my pickled grapes. Thanks so much for posting this. They are inspiring me to try some pickled cranberries now!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Cool. I really like mine too. Let me know how the cranberries go!

Babyminx

almost 2 years ago theminx

Pickled cranberries with this flavor profile sounds yummy -and since cranberries are in the shops now, I think I will try it!

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I'm sure they'll be great! I'm thinking I may try it around Turkey Day. Sagegreen posted a recipe using different spices that you may want to check out.

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks! I happen to have a bunch of red grapes in my fridge at the moment. And I have wanted to try grains of paradise with something. In Germany we always did a big spiced rum topf with our fruit, but your vinegar appeals to me more.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I've wanted to use them too!. Feel free to alter the spices in the pickles to your preference. The star anise is the most prominent flavor in this recipe.

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Well, I made 2 pints of these with the cider vinegar I had on hand, and already sampled one. I am going to make some up as hostess gifts. I just love these! Thanks for such a great idea.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Awesome! Let me know how you like them. Mine after 30 or so hours are pretty yummy, still some grape flavor in the center with some tangy, spiciness. I don't know how long they're going to last. I love using up things that I might otherwise toss out!

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over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I can't reply to a reply for some reason - no I haven't pickled radishes but I bet they are good stuff!!! I have none glorious days OFF work for the holidays - I see some pickling and baking and such in my future ...

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Give it a go. Have fun on your holiday vacation!

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

I like your version...a few more ingredients than the one from "Fine Preserving" MFK Fisher's annotated cookbook.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I just used my standard vinegar to water ratio, figured white wine vinegar would be appropriate with grapes, and added spices I thought would work. I should probably buy a preserving book at some point!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I was just looking into the book you mentioned, what an interesting story!

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over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

There is a great pickled carrot recipe in the Urban Pantry - I made a double batch on Sunday ... have 2 wait 3 weeks to try them but the smell amazing!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

That looks like a great book! I bet your carrots will be delicious. Have you ever done quick pickled radishes?

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over 3 years ago zest in the midwest

This is great! I am so excited to make this! I've been pickling everything lately! Check out the Lee Bros new cookbook, which features another grape pickle recipe with rosemary (and the fresh carrot pickles are fabulous!).

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I love making pickles, too. Soooo simple, and really can jazz things up.

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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I am so glad you posted this - I came across pickled grape somewhere in my travels, though I must make them, then promptly forgot about it ... now I remember again! I will be trying this!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I hope you do try it. It's easy and I think festive.