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I have a pickle recipe that calls for using grape leaves. Is it safe or necessary?

Some old fashioned pickle recipes call for adding a grape leaf to each jar of pickles to make them crisper. Grape leaves contain a substance which inhibits the enzymes that make pickles soft. It is safe, but is not necessary if good quality ingredients and up-to-date procedures are used.


Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia







Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009



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