Does Anyone Have FRozen/Fresh Grape Leaves?

treehugger101January 20, 2012

I have been put on a special diet with no citrus acid. Therefore, no jarred grape leaves. I am desperate to find someone with excess leaves either fresh or frozen that I can buy. Your help is appreciated. My diet is fairly miserable. Thanks.

Terri

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Is it even possible to freeze them? Googled and cant even find any commercial vendors for frozen ones. I'd think they would be mush when thawed just like most other leafy greens are.

Dave

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 5:47PM
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treehugger101

No you can blanch and freeze them dry for up to a year. I found a great website about this
http://greekfood.about.com/od/ingredientpreptechniques/a/abelofylla.htm

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 5:54PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

I've done it. Carol Costenbader also provides directions in Preserving the Harvest. It's a pain but works very well. Better taste than the brined ones also.

The other option is to make the dolmas (in season) and freeze those. They freeze wonderfully.

Carol

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 6:58PM
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treehugger101

But does anyone have these leaves? Please help. I am a greek food freak.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 7:02PM
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mellyofthesouth(9a FL)

What about using something like collards instead of grape leaves until the vines sprout some new leaves in the spring?

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 9:19PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

Swiss chard will also work in lieu of grape leaves until the spring crop comes on.

Another option instead of dolmas is to use the stuffing in small peppers or eggplant so at least you have the flavor of the filling.

Carol

    Bookmark   January 25, 2012 at 4:55AM
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treehugger101

I guess anything can be used as a wrap but it does not have the flavor or texture of grape leaves. I was hoping either someone here had some frozen or dried or was down South where they still had leaves growing. I finally found a non-cheese Feta (real Feta has Citrus Acid, too and also yeast which I also cannot have) so I am all set except for the leaves.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2012 at 10:01AM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

I don't know if this would work for you, but here are suppliers of Middle Eastern Groceries that sell imported frozen grape leaves. I know Mandros Imported Foods in Lancaster, PA. does. So you might check nearby grocers or even Mandros and see if they will ship you some.

However, you would need to see how they're processed and if there's any acid involved.

Carol

    Bookmark   January 25, 2012 at 2:00PM
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treehugger101

You are a life saver! I am only 2 hours away from Madros and will call them. I'm crossing my fingers they have them. Thanks a lot!

    Bookmark   January 25, 2012 at 2:05PM
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treehugger101

I called Madros and they do not have them. Still looking...

    Bookmark   January 25, 2012 at 3:07PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

I am sorry. Last time I checked they did. But at least it's a lead and some other regional Middle Eastern grocery may.

Carol

    Bookmark   January 25, 2012 at 8:27PM
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eahamel(9a)

There aren't any grape leaves on the vines even here in the South right now. I've been looking for them, too.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2012 at 10:21PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I would gladly sell you some grape leaves dirt cheap (sorry, no pun intended.) I've never eaten them. It will be a few months though before they start to leaf up. Does the variety matter? We have Muscadine and Scuppernongs.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 5:52PM
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treehugger101

Zackey - Yes please! You or anyone else who has them can email me at terri@sommellamarketing.com. would you? I am looking for 60 - 200 young Spring leaves. Spring is right around the corner! Thanks.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2012 at 5:34AM
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Leya2012

Yes I do I have a grape vineyard I take very good care of and selling them fresh you can pick them yourself or I can jar them for you or freeze them for you please call me @ 916-821-7816 or by email mymodifications22@yahoo.com

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 2:14AM
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nancedar(z7NC)

I thought buying and selling was not allowed on GW forums?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 4:47PM
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boruchmenachem

I Have a ton of Fresh very large organic grape leaves in S. Florida you can e-mail or call 305 321 6338

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 11:09AM
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