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Are Salted Capers Pickled Capers?

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Q. I have a recipe that calls for "salted capers." Is this a different product from pickled capers?

A. All capers are pickled — they are essentially inedible fresh off the bush. And while most are sold in brine, some capers are available packed in salt, and require a good rinsing before use. If your supermarket is sold out, you might try an Italian market. They are also available online at for three to four times the price of capers in brine. (We’ll look the other way if you choose to add brined capers to your dish…).

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