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Sweet & Spicy Pickled Red Seedless Grapes

Most people don't think about grapes when creating a canned pickle recipe. The pickling liquid for these grapes includes red wine, vinegar, and common pickling spices like coriander, mustard seeds and hot pepper; it also contains warm spices like cinnamon and star anise along with brown sugar. These flavor-packed grapes are unique and delicious on an antipasto, pickle or cheese tray. —Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Process: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4 pints


  • 5 cups seedless red grapes
  • 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches), halved
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons canning salt


  • Pack grapes into four hot 1-pint jars to within 1-1/2 in. of the top. Divide jalapenos, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, coriander seeds and mustard seed among jars.
  • In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, vinegar, water, wine and canning salt. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 3 cups, 15-18 minutes.
  • Carefully ladle hot liquid over grape mixture, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot liquid. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  • Place jars into canner, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 32 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • D
    Oct 11, 2020

    Great recipe! Served grapes alongside meat & cheese tray. Our guests, to a person, thought they were delicious. The only change made was using two jalapenos instead of four. Will make again for sure.

  • Judith
    Sep 5, 2020

    I would like to know how long to store them before eating and How long they will last stored unopened. Think this will be a great recipe.

  • maryannet
    Aug 15, 2020

    Easy to follow directions with lots of tips. Glad that I found this recipe. I had grapes on hand. I like making pickles.

  • KristineChayes
    Apr 6, 2018

    These pickled grapes were excellent! I served them on my Easter appetizer table and my guests enjoyed them and were surprised the grapes weren't olives! The sweet pickling liquid was piquant and tasty, with a nice anise overtone. I will be making this again for future gatherings!

  • patty2222
    Oct 23, 2017

    I made these yesterday and they smelled wonderful ..... how long to they need to set before eating?? .....So I left them set a couple weeks and we opened and tried them at a family party yesterday...these are really good!!!! Everyone enjoyed, although a bit hesitant at first .... whenever grapes are on sale I will be making a few jars. Thanks for sharing!!