Preparing vine leaves


We love them! They are just delicious and wonderful.

But how can we store them and have them in the winter ??

Now that it is their time and they come out tender and calm, we go out to collect them. We choose the sexes that are full. That is, they do not have tears, bites, and of course those that are tender (their nerves from behind should be as thin as possible.)

We take a bag and with our hands we catch to feel the softest and tender leaves. If we crush the stalk at the root of the leaf when it is tender, cut it immediately with a little pressure.

Wash them very well and soak them in the last water with a little vinegar.

We stack our cards. (depending on the kitchens we calculate, for example I stack every 25 sheets about X2)

Put the stacked leaves in a pot of boiling water and as soon as they change color, turn them over. We do not let them boil. We just boil them.

As it is, we take them out of the water always stacked, and let the water go.

Put them on a surface as they are stacked and wrap them in a small spool and put them in a disposable bag.

After repeating the process every 25 days in bags, we place our bags nicely wrapped in a freezer container in order, to avoid the contact of the ice with the vine leaves. So in the winter, depending on your table, you will remove the corresponding bags.

When you need to use them, take them out of the previous one from the freezer, place them in the refrigerator. The next hour before you start, put them in a bowl of water. They will be as fresh as if you picked them up at that time!

Another way is after we have washed and drained them well, we place them in 10 groups on top of each other, and we wrap them carefully.

First we bring the edges inwards and finally we wrap a spool.

Put them in a clean jar of 5 10 groups, and add 2-3 slices of lemon, 1 kg of salt, 1 kg of lemon juice and up to water.

Close the lid very well, and in a pot of boiling water place them upside down and let it boil for 10 minutes.

Then take them out and let them cool upside down.

Keep them in a shady and cool place for a year.

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