I need to put this recipe somewhere I can find it again.
P (I need to put these here because LJ just jambs all the paragraphs together without something to mark the blank line when I copy and paste from Word. Argh.)
I read about pickled grapes in a book from Lee Valley (https://www.leevalley.com/), but it used tarragon, and I just can’t do tarragon.
So, I went to the internet, and found more than you can shake a stick at  , not a one of which even alludes to tarragon. Very good.
So, then after shopping in the heat and forgetting many things, I checked in my cupboard and did the following:
Some red and green grapes (seedless)
1+ ½ cups cheap elderly red wine vinegar
½ cup modestly priced balsamic vinegar
1 cup tap water
½ cup brown sugar, more or less packed down
1 teaspoon pickling salt
2 cinnamon sticks
½ tablespoon whole round coriander seeds
½ tablespoon whole black peppercorns
½ tablespoon whole allspice berries
½ tablespoon whole yellow mustard seeds
1 teaspoon whole cloves (scant)
½ teaspoon cardamom seeds, seeds only
1 knob fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into sticks
Put everything except the grapes into a pot on the stove. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes (or as long as you can stand in this heat). Turn off heat and while the brine cools prepare the grapes.
Wash grapes. Pull from stems and dry. Slice off just a tidbit from the stem end. Pack in clean, dry jar. Pour brine into the jar, shaking to remove any air pockets, and topping up to the shoulder of the jar. Screw lid on tight and place in fridge.
These are not properly pickled pickles, so they must be kept in the fridge and used within a few weeks to a month. They need at least 8 hours for the brine to start saturating the grapes, but they will develop more flavour the longer they are kept.
Because I was impatient, I took all the little grape ends and put them in a bowl with some of the brine. Immediately they were tasty, and we polished them off on top of cream cheese covered crackers. I am now impatient for 8 hours to pass.
 – oooooo Lee Valley oooooo
 – using the “if a little is good, a lot is better” principle I overdid it in something in my 20s. Ugh ugh ugh.
 – I’m sure there is a good reason for shaking solitary sticks at a limited number of things.
 – here are all the ones I adapted from:
 – whole coriander comes in round and oval.
 – I think mine is a one litre.
 – I bought more than I thought would fit so that we could eat some fresh.