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  • How to Choose Capers
    Preserved in either salt or a vinegar brine, capers range in size from ¼-inch nonpareilles to cocktail-olive-size caperberries. Most supermarket varieties are brined and make good all-purpose condiments to keep on hand. Salt-cured capers are sold in jars or in bulk in specialty markets and may cost more; their more delicate flavor makes for a nice splurge in simple recipes that feature capers prominently. 

  • How to Store Capers
    Once opened, keep jarred capers in the refrigerator for up to a year. If brined, make sure they are completely submerged.

    How to Prepare Capers
    Regardless of how they’re cured, rinse capers several times in water or soak in cool water for one hour to remove excess salt. Pat dry.

  • How to Use Capers
    Capers are a classic garnish for Mediteranean-style salads, meats and fish. Use them to liven up pasta sauces, tapenades, potato salads, and egg dishes. Try whipping chopped capers into butter or mayonnaise to spread on sandwiches, or even deep-fry for a crunchy treat.

    —Stephanie Southworth Geary

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