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Grape Leaves: How to Check for Bugs

Grape Leaves

Grape Leaves (also known as Vine Leaves or Yebra) are frequently Infested with insects and must be checked.

How to Clean/Use Grape Leaves

There are a number of options in cleaning grape leaves.

Method one: Vinegar

1. Place the grape leaves in vinegar, and leave them for a few days. (If the grape leaves are purchased already in vinegar—this process need not be done and one may proceed to the next step).

2. Direct a stream of water at each leaf, on both sides, making sure that every spot is reached.

3. Rub the layers as they are being washed, or brush them with a light brush. Special attention should be given to the arteries on the underside of the leaves (where the arteries protrude) and to the areas along the arteries that are there.

Method two: Soaking in a solution

1. Soak the leaves in a solution of dishwashing liquid and water. Allow them to soak for at least three minutes.

2. Brush with a light brush or sponge, using the solution. Special attention should be given to the arteries on the underside of the leaves (where the arteries protrude) and to the areas along the arteries that are there.

3. Direct a stream of water at each leaf, on both sides, making sure that every spot is reached.

Method three: Freezing

1. Freeze the leaves for forty-eight hours or more.

2. Allow the leaves to defrost.

3. Direct a stream of water at each leaf, on both sides, making sure that every spot is reached.

4. Rub the layers as they are being washed, or brush them with a light brush. Special attention should be given to the arteries on the underside of the leaves (where the arteries protrude) and to the areas along the arteries that are there.

Method four: boiling

1. Place the leaves in boiling water for fifteen minutes.

2. Direct a stream of water at each leaf, on both sides, making sure that every spot is reached.

3. Rub the layers as they are being washed, or brush them with a light brush. Special attention should be given to the arteries on the underside of the leaves (where the arteries protrude) and to the areas along the arteries that are there.