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
1 large jar
lbs seedless red grapes
1 & 1/2
cups white wine vinegar
3-inch cinnamon stick
star anise pods
green cardamom pods
"coins" fresh ginger
teaspoon pink peppercorns
teaspoon grains of paradise (or substitute 1/2 coriander seeds and 1/2 black peppercorns)
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.)
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.
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.
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.
I am an amateur baker and cake decorator. I enjoy cooking, as well as eating and feeding others. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband and our menagerie. I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, mushroom hunting, tide pooling, beach combing, and snowboarding.