>Does anyone know if it is possible to use fresh grape leaves
>instead of the expensive preserved ones you can buy in the
>supermarket? My grapevines are at their peak now, and I
>would like to make some dolmas with the leaves. It seems
>that sometime ago I read that you could boil them in water
>for a little before stuffing. Can anyone help?
> TIA Marie Eubanks in Murfreesboro TN
Hey, Marie! Don't know if you've received your answer yet, but yes, you
can use your own grape leaves. Not too long ago I was making a Bulgarian
recipe which required grape leaves. I just boiled them in water for a
while in order to soften them and take away the bitterness (Just keep
changing the water and boil for a while; it will happen). The smaller the
leaves are, the less bitter and softer they are, so those will be your best
bet. Good luck!