Mel’s Diner

Sharp Knives, Raw Meat and Fire


Well, pickle boy is back!  Really, that sounds kind of creepy, like a porn name or something, and as much as I would love to be confused with a porn star (I’m thinking Buck Naked), but still…  So, let’s try again.

In my quest to be pickle king of New Hampshire I have branched out into something completely different.  I ran into this in my local paper last week in an article about quick pickling and I knew I had to try it.  I never thought about pickling grapes, of all things, but I could see how it would work, so I tried it.


Adapted from Catherine Plagemann’s “Fine Preserving”

  • 3 cups of stemmed red seedless grapes (about ¾ pound)
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of white wine vinegar
  • 3 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tbls. minced onion
  1. Wash grapes and divide into three pint-sized canning jars
  2. In a small saucepan, bring sugar, vinegar, cinnamon and onion to a boil.  Pour the syrup evenly over the grapes and insert cinnamon stick in each jar.  Seal tightly and refrigerate at least 8 hours.

OK, first of all – the recipes needs some modifications.  This doesn’t make 3 pint jars, it makes 2.  If you want three, add 1/3rd to everything – presto.  First of all again, they’re too sweet.  I would go with only 1 cup of sugar.  First of all again again, they were good.  Too sweet, like I said, but there is a lot of promise here.  I’ll make them again.

Here they are before they syrup:

And after:


August 3, 2008 - Posted by | Recipe


  1. Pickle boy, huh? Ok, if that’s your new nickname, so be it. These look really interesting. I am seriously considering making these.

    Comment by Sara | August 6, 2008 | Reply

  2. What a cool idea! I never would have thought of it, We just re-did our grape arbor and the grapes are going crazy. I was looking for something to do with them besides jelly or jam and this will be perfect! I was also looking for something unusual to take to the county fair and this is definitely something I haven’t seen there before. Thanks!

    Comment by Teresa | August 9, 2008 | Reply

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